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PhD Studentship: Extracellular Vesicles in Skeletal Communication, Development and Regeneration

Loughborough University - Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: please see advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 15th November 2021
Reference: SSEHS/OD

Campus: Loughborough

Department - Loughborough: Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Secondary Department - Loughborough: Materials

Is the project industry funded?: No

Closing date of advert: 15th November 2021

Start date: January 2022

Full-time/part-time availability: Full-time (3 years)

Who is eligible to apply?: Both UK and International

Name of primary supervisor: Dr Owen Davies

Primary supervisor email address:

Primary supervisor telephone number: +441509226420

Link to supervisor's online staff profile page:

Name(s) of secondary supervisor(s): Dr Ignacio Martin-Fabiani

Link to secondary supervisor(s) online staff profile page(s): 

Project detail:

Dr Davies' lab focuses on understanding the functions of cell-derived nanoparticles called extracellular vesicles (EVs) in the musculoskeletal system. This PhD will compliment an externally funded EPSRC project seeking to develop EV therapies.

The PhD project seeks to improve our understanding of how EVs drive critical processes in skeletal development, with a view to applying this knowledge for the production of novel therapeutics. You will analyse the role of EVs in bone mineralisation and intercellular communication events necessary for maintaining tissue homeostasis. To achieve these aims you will work at the interface of biology, chemistry and imaging science. Applications are particularly welcomed from students with an interest in applying multidisciplinary approaches for understanding fundamental biological processes essential for skeletal development.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in biochemistry or a related discipline. A relevant Masters degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: biochemistry, molecular biology, bioengineering.

English language requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website (

Funding information:

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.

How to apply:

All applications should be made online ( Under programme name, select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote the advertised reference number in your application: SSEHS/OD.
To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents (

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