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PhD topics for research students

Find below a list of currently available self-funded PhD topics.

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Disrupting the regulatory mechanisms that allow hospital acquired infections to resist antibiotic therapy.
The discovery of penicillin over 90 years ago and its subsequent uptake by healthcare systems around the world revolutionised global health and wellbeing. It marked the beginning of a golden age in an...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Central Nervous system Gene therapy to treat obesity Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS). Analysis of the BBS brain development
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a debilitating, often life-limiting heritable multisystem disorder caused by dysfunction of non-motile cilia (ciliopathy). There is currently no cure for BBS, a disease ...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Involvement of the matrix protein SPARC in the dynamic interaction between tumour and host cells
Tumour growth depends on the crosstalk between malignant and surrounding stromal cells (fibroblasts, osteoblasts, endothelial cells and inflammatory cells). Malignant cells secrete soluble proteins th...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Shape Memory Materials for Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing is an emerging technology that has gained popularity within the disciplines of design, engineering and manufacturing. The aim of this PhD is to build a knowledge ...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
The mutations in TP53 gene from the glioma patients that trigger the aberrant pre-mRNA splicing
TP53 gene encodes the “Tumour Protein” p53 which plays a central role in cell cycle regulation. This protein is widely considered as the “Guardian of the Genome” for maintaining genetic stability. A m...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Developing a clinical tool to quantitatively assess and monitor upper limb and shoulder function in clinical and home settings
Upper limb and shoulder disorders are poorly defined, diagnosed and rehabilitated. Current management of these disorders is focussed on the prescription of physiotherapeutic treatments, yet the effica...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Investigating the requisites of increasing the reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment in the UK
Waste minimisation is key to implementing the circular economy. Circular economy is a concept that promotes the efficient use of resources, by retaining them in the economy for as long as possible, th...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Disrupting the regulatory mechanisms that allow hospital acquired infections to resist antibiotic therapy.
The discovery of penicillin over 90 years ago and its subsequent uptake by healthcare systems around the world revolutionised global health and wellbeing. It marked the beginning of a golden age in an...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Role of CDCA/PP1 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)
Estrogen, progesterone, and HER2 receptor-negative (triple-negative breast cancers TNBC) encompass the most clinically challenging subtype for which targeted therapeutics are lacking.  To identify cri...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded
Are retinoid-like chemicals prevalent in the environment and do they pose an ecotoxicological risk?
Retinoids have a significant role in many vital biological processes such as regulation of skin function and neuronal development.  There are over 2,500 retinoid related compounds used in cosmetic pro...
19/08/2024

Self Funded

Self Funded