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Research Associate in Modelling of Chemically Controlled Hollow Microneedles for Drug Delivery

Loughborough University - School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Location: Loughborough University, Loughborough, Hybrid
Salary: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum. Subject to annual pay award
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st February 2024
Closes: 22nd March 2024
Job Ref: REQ240150
 

Loughborough University is working collaboratively with Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to develop the next-generation hollow microneedle systems for drug delivery. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK. 

Traditional pharmaceutical drugs are small molecules that treat the symptoms of a disease. Biopharmaceuticals are larger molecules, for example, peptides, proteins and antibodies, which target the underlying mechanisms and pathways of a disease that are not accessible with traditional drugs. Therapeutic peptides, proteins and antibodies are expected to be used extensively in the coming years as vaccines and as treatments for cancer, high blood pressure, pain, blood clots and many other illnesses. However, one of the major challenges to successful clinical use of these so-called "biotech" molecules is their efficient delivery to the site of action. 

In order to address these challenges, a novel type of transdermal patch, based on chemically controlled hollow microneedles, that can bypass the skin's barrier layer (stratum corneum) is being developed. The patch creates tiny holes in the stratum corneum, through which the biopharmaceuticals can enter the body from a reservoir system powered by simple and safe chemistry. The development of this technology relies on a combination of experimental and theoretical/modelling that will provide a full understanding of how these systems perform. 

This project aims to develop a numerical framework for modelling and optimising chemically controlled hollow microneedles for drug delivery, in combination with the experimental components to be conducted at QUB.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Diganta Das via email at D.B.Das@lboro.ac.uk

Closing date for applications is 22 March 2024.

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