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PhD Studentship: Understanding Niacinamide's Dermatopharmacokinetic Profile in Skin Under Varying Dosing and Formulation Parameters

University College London - School of Pharmacy

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th September 2019
Closes: 9th October 2019

This project is sponsored by the EPSRC and Proctor & Gamble Ltd. Please see below for further information.

Project description:

This is a four year Case studentship sponsored by the EPSRC and Procter & Gamble Ltd. The project builds on previous studentships which investigated the barrier function of human skin at different body sites and effects of niacinamide on skin health. The purpose of this project is to first establish a robust dermatopharmacokinetic profile of niacinamide using both in vitro and in vivo models and then to understand variables such as dose response, time of day of application, and pH optimization that could improve niacinamide’s efficacy breadth and depth. For further reading see also Tan CL, Chin T, Ru Tan CY, Rovito HA, Quek LS, Oblong JE, BellangerS, Nicotinamide Metabolism Modulates the Proliferation / Differentiation Balance and Senescenceof Human Primary Keratinocytes, The Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2019), doi: Publications from the project are strongly encouraged. The student will be expected to visit Procter & Gamble USA to present their research findings. They will be supported to attend a number of international and national conferences as part of their professional development, and will be joining a friendly and vibrant research community.

Main methods and techniques: Cell culture, RTqPCR, ELISA, BCA, 2D gel electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, tape stripping and trans epidermal water loss measurement.

The student stipend will be paid at UCL normal rates (stipend rate for 2019/20 is £17,009 with additional increments in Years 2, 3 and 4 of the studentship).

Person specification:

Applicants are expected to hold a first degree in the biological sciences (minimum 2.1) and experience with bioengineering techniques would be advantageous.
Applicants will also need to meet UCL MPhil/PhD entry and English Language requirements. See link for further details

To be eligible for a full award, applications are invited from UK and EU citizens who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship. Candidates must also have no restrictions on how long they can remain in the UK. UK/EU applicants who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK or an EU member state for the past 3 years may be eligible for a fees only award and are welcome to apply, but there may be some limitations in terms of the stipend.

How to apply: Applications must include CV, personal statement, and the contact details of two referees. Applications should be emailed to
The deadline for applications is 9th October 2019 and interviews will take place on 23rd October 2019.

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