Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Biological availability of aluminium in infant formulas
Reference number: FNS GS 2015-01
Abstract

Recent research in our group (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/10/63 and http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/13/162) has highlighted the high levels of aluminium which are present in infant formulas. The assumption is that these products are contaminated with aluminium since the manufacturers claim that no aluminium is added voluntarily.

In this project a student will investigate the biological availability of aluminium in infant formulas both; (i) in a clinical trial to determine how such products contribute towards the body burden of aluminium in infants and (ii) in benchtop experiments to study aluminium absorption in a model of the gastrointestinal system.

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Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 Years
Fees 3 years fees.
Stipend Fully funded for 3 years. 3 years stipend at Research Council rates, currently £13,863 per annum.
Closing date Friday May 29th 2015

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Research Topic Modelling, characterisation and optimisation of Deep Geothermal Energy in the Cheshire Basin
Reference number: FNS GS 2015-02
Abstract
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Duration 4 years
Fees All fees paid at current NERC rates, for four years only
Stipend Stipend paid at current Research Council rate, for four years full time plus £1000 per year additional stipend from CASE partner. Year 1 stipend £14,057 + £1000. Training support fund allowance
Closing date June 1st 2015 in the first instance. Closing date will be extended until late summer if no suitable candidate is appointed.

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Research Topic Cell therapies for chondral and osteochondral defects in the foot and ankle
Reference number: ISTM2015-01
Abstract
  • To carry out thorough literature searches to (a) determine the long-term clinical outcome of ACI in the ankle (b) to compare these findings with other treatments.
  • To model in vitro cell therapy using chondrocytes and stem cells to improve on ACI in the ankle.
  • In collaboration with Andy Goldberg (Clinical Senior Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedics, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex) help to design a randomised clinical trial of cell therapy in ankle osteochondral defects.
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Duration 3 years
Fees Three years full time fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Three years’ full time stipend paid at current Research Council rate (2014-15, £13,863)
Closing date April 1st 2015

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Research Topic Astrophysics Studentships 2015
Reference number: EPSAM 2014-3
Abstract

A number of 3-year funded studentships are available from September 2015.  Projects include:

  • Nuclear astrophysics: impact and sensitivity studies
  • Laboratory astrophysics at the Diamond Light Source
  • Transiting extra-solar planets with WASP-South
  • High-precision studies of eclipsing binary stars observed using space telescopes
  • Atmospheric properties of A, F and G stars
  • Star formation and stellar ages from the Gaia-ESO Spectroscopic Survey
  • Star formation in the Magellanic Clouds

More projects may be added later.  For information on all projects see Advert and Details (below).

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend 3-year stipend at current Research Council rate for UK residents only. EU nationals (not resident in the UK) qualify for a fees-only award.
Closing date 28 February 2015

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Research Topic Remotely triggered scaffolds for controlled degradation and release of pharmaceuticals
Reference number: ISTM 2012-04
Abstract

Advancement in knowledge of cell-materials interaction has led to development of novel materials for use in implant technology, in vitro expansion of cells for regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics. Scaffold materials provide the architecture to support 3D tissue growth, although often such materials cause problems for long-term regeneration. Biodegradable scaffolds that collapse after a fixed time period, either naturally or after external stimulus, are therefore advantageous. Addition of nanoparticles into the intrinsic structure of a scaffold can enhance functionality and lead to exciting new properties including ability to remotely trigger structural collapse and drug release. Here we are interested in the incorporation of such nanoparticles into a thermo-responsive biocompatible scaffold. This sophisticated system will result in remotely triggered scaffolds for controlled degradation and release of pharmaceuticals.

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Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date On-going

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Research Topic Image guided stimuli responsive nanoparticles for treatment of pancreatic cancer
Reference number: ISTM 2012-03
Abstract

Magnetic nanoparticles have become widely studied for biomedical applications in recent years including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nerve regeneration, drug and gene therapy. Coating the MNPs with gold results in a rigid coat shielding the external environment from the iron oxide. This results in safer particles with increased applications. Colloidal gold possess’ unique surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties. When nanoparticles are irradiated with light of appropriate wavelength, particles undergo absorption and scattering of the photons. This absorption of Au nanoparticles is followed by rapid conversion of light into heat. In biomedicine this unique property can be exploited for applications such as photo thermal ablation and thermo responsive drug delivery. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th main cancer in the western world with only 5% of patients surviving up to 5 years after treatment. There is a huge clinical need for more efficient treatments for this disease. This group is interested in the application of gold coated magnetic nanoparticles for image guided stimuli responsive drug delivery for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date On-going

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