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PhD topics for research students

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

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Investigating molecular disease mechanisms and therapy of Friedreich ataxia
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is a lethal inherited disease caused by GAA trinucleotide repeat expansion mutation within the FXN gene, leading to epigenetic modification of the FXN gene, decreased levels o...
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Identification of determinants of sudden cardiac death and arrhythmias using population studies
Main Aim: To identify the genetic and clinical determinants and predictors of sudden cardiac death and arrhythmias Sudden cardiac death is a major cause of deaths from cardiovascular origin. Indeed, u...
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Health data analysis to identify the role of gene and environment in risk of cardiovascular diseases
Main Aim: To identify the role of environment and genes in risk of cardiovascular disease Cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, myocardial infarction, heart failure, and stroke are the leadi...
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Design for meaning
Problem Statement With the increasing availability of affordable products, systems and services the attention of architects and designers is turning more-and-more to the properties of “experience” and...
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Design fictions
Problem Statement With the dramatically increasing rate of technological and societal change it is becoming more-and-more difficult to estimate future trends and to design complex systems which take m...
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Trust In Autonomous Vehicles
Problem Statement Several recent research studies have suggested that “lack of trust” is one of the major factors which is slowing the commercial introduction of autonomous vehicles. While the technol...
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Naturalness of autonomous vehicles
Problem Statement Naturalness and simplicity are well known prerequisites of success in product, system and service design. Autonomous vehicles have, however, few precedents in human history and are t...
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Individual histone modification roles in regulation of transcription and cell decision-making
We are looking for a highly-motivated, technically-able and independent-thinking candidate to undertake a PhD project exploring the role of individual histone modifications in nuclear organisation, re...
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Artificial Intelligence in customer interactions: factors influencing value creation and sustained use in a variety of contexts (e.g., healthcare and financial services)
As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used by more and more organisations - profit seeking and otherwise – to automate processes in more and more business...
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Dynamics of seawater intrusion in heterogeneous coastal aquifers
Saltwater intrusion (SWI) in coastal aquifers is one of the main challenges for water resources management. It is a natural process that happens because of the density difference between the denser sa...
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