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Development of responsive theranostic nanoparticles for cancer


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Monday 19 November 2018

About this project

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. There is an urgent need to diagnose and treat cancer more effectively. Understanding if a drug is delivered to the tumour and whether there is or is not a positive response to this drug is vital to improving survival rates. The development of nanomaterials for this purpose is an important strategy for achieving critical advances in diagnostic medical imaging and drug delivery.

The aim of this PhD is to create a series of state-of-the-art theranostic nanomaterials for targeted diagnosis and therapy of cancer. These nanomaterials will incorporate therapeutic as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents to help expedite the development of novel targeted and personalised therapies for cancer. Theranostics are essentially the combination of drug delivery and diagnosis in one molecule/entity and have emerged as one of the most exciting fields of research bridging breakthroughs in biomedical science, and advances in medical imaging technologies. Theranostics presents a real potential for providing personalised medicine for cancer.

This is a joint PhD studentship with the University of Hull within Dr Graeme Stasiuk’s research group and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory with Dr Juan Gallo, and the time spent on the PhD will take place evenly in both the UK (Hull) and Portugal (Braga).

In addition to your research degree, you'll follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate or Diploma in Research Training.

The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme. 

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Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the home/EU student rate and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

Applicants for all projects should have a 1st class undergraduate degree and Masters level qualification in chemistry, natural sciences or bio-imaging together with relevant research experience. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 21 December 2018 at the latest.