PhD Studentship - Contact Lens Sensors

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Application Deadline: Applications accepted all year round

Supervisor: A.K. Yetisen

Project Description

Contact lenses as a minimally-invasive platform for diagnostics and drug delivery have emerged in recent years. Contact lens sensors have been developed for analysing the composition of tears as a surrogate for blood biomarker monitoring and for the diagnosis of eye disorders. However, the eye offers a wider diagnostic potential as a sensing site and therefore contact lens sensors have the potential to improve the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and conditions. With advances in polymer synthesis, electronics and micro/nanofabrication, contact lens sensors can be produced to quantify the concentrations of many biomolecules in ocular fluids.

The aim of this project is to develop the state-of-the-art methods for contact lens sensor fabrication, optical sensing, and wireless powering. These contact lens sensors will be integrated with mobile devices, wearables, and smartphone camera readouts. Contact lens sensors will be used in a clinical or point-of-care setting to monitor a disease state continuously.                                               

The successful student will form part of a multidisciplinary team and will be supervised by Dr. Ali K. Yetisen based in the Institute of Translational Medicine (www.itmbirmingham.co.uk) and the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

Funding Notes

Students must have an undergraduate degree or master’s degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science or a closely related subject.

University of Birmingham scholarships are available for exceptional UK/EU students. Self-funded international students are welcome to apply this post. Potential candidates should contact Dr. Ali K. Yetisen (a.k.yetisen@bham.ac.uk) and include a CV. Applications will be evaluated on an on-going basis until the position is filled.

References

Contact Lens Sensors in Ocular Diagnostics. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 4 (6), 792-810 (2015)

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PhD

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Midlands of England