PhD Studentship: Cellular and Molecular Imaging Investigation of Varicose Vein Treatments in Patients and the Development of Better Therapies

University of Reading - School of Biological Sciences

Supervisors:       Professor Jian-Mei Li, University of Reading

Professor Mark Whiteley, Lead Consultant, Whiteley Clinic, Guildford.

Project Overview:   

Varicose veins affect up to 35-40% of adults in developed countries. They are associated with significant skin damage, pain, ulceration and potential thrombosis. Sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapies, laser therapy and other therapies have been wildly used for treating varicose veins. However, the fundamental mechanisms of their actions have not been fully characterised. There is therefore significant scope for researching to discover and compare the mechanisms of these therapies on cell death and vein wall restructuring to improve clinical outcome and develop novel therapies. The aim of this PhD research project is to work with both academic (at Reading University) and clinical supervisors and others (i.e. surgeons, nurses and research manager at the Whiteley Clinic, in Guildford) to investigate and characterise pathophysiology and structural changes in the venous wall i.e. the endothelium, the media and the adventitia and the extracellular matrix with and without treatment using post-operational samples collected from the clinic. The studentship will involve some travel between the University of Reading and the Whiteley Clinic, Guildford. The student will be engaged in the application of NHS ethical approval, will gain research skills, attend PhD training courses organised by the University of Reading Graduate School and will have opportunities to present research results at national and international conferences. 


  • The studentship is open to applications from UK/EU candidates
  • Minimum 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant subject required plus an interest in medical science
  • The candidate should have good interpersonal communication skills

Funding Details:

  • The studentship is funded by the Whiteley Clinic and the University of Reading Strategic Fund. It covers tuition fee, bench fee and a minimum of £12,000/per year of the stipend.
  • Starts January 2018
  • Duration three years

How to apply: To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Biomedical Sciences to the University – see

When prompted as part of your online application, you should provide details of the funding you are applying for, quoting the reference GS17-090.

Application Deadline:  20 November 2017

Further Enquiries:  For further details please contact Professor Jian-Mei Li


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