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Postgraduate Positions

DEL Studentships are now available from the School of Pharmacy for entry in 2016.  The closing date for applications is Friday February 5th 2016.  Interviews for these studentships will take place week beginning February 22nd 2016.

In order to find out more about individual projects, follow the link below via the project title in which you are interested.  Applications must be made using the online application portal.  Applicants should have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Students who have a 2.2 honours degree and a Master’s degree may also be considered, but the School reserves the right to shortlist for interview only those applicants who have demonstrated high academic attainment to date. Students are advised to apply for more than one project in their area of research interest.

 

Extreme Halophilic Microorganisms as a source of Antibiotic Chemical Diversity for Medical Device applications - Prof Brendan Gilmore, Dr John McGrath (School of Biological Sciences) and Dr Panagiotis Manesiotis (School of Chemistry and chemical Engineering)

Understanding Proteolysis in Biofilm Formation and Control: Identification of Bacterial Biofilm Associated Protease Targets - Prof Brendan Gilmore, Dr Richard Williams (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences) and Prof Chris Scott (School of Pharmacy)

Endotracheal tube biomaterials with tuned antibacterial ‘harpoons’ - Professor C.P. McCoy and Dr. Louise Carson

Nanostructured slippery materials for healthcare - Professor C.P. McCoy (main supervisor) and Professor S.E.J. Bell

Prescribing in palliative and end-of-life care - Dr Carole Parsons and Prof Kevin Brazil (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast)

Medication use in palliative and end of life care - Dr Carole Parsons and Dr Martin Dempster (School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast)

Exploring the therapeutic and diagnostic relevance of protease signatures induced by cell-to-material interactions - Prof Chris Scott, Dr Roberta Burden (School of Pharmacy) and Prof Steven Bell (Chemistry and Chemical Engineering)

The use of bacteriophage to predict and monitor antimicrobial resistance - Dr Deirdre Gilpin, Professor Michael Tunney, Dr Leonid Kulakov and Dr John McGrath

The effect of e-cigarettes on the lung microbiota - Dr Deirdre Gilpin, Professor Michael Tunney and Professor Jose Bengoechea

Formulation and characterisation of novel hydrogel systems designed for the prevention of infection and encrustation on urological medical devices - Prof. David Jones, Prof. Brendan Gilmore and Prof. Gavin P. Andrews

Isolating and evaluating the chemoresistant cell population that underlie tumour recurrence in ovarian cancer - Dr Fiona Furlong, Professor Tracy Robson and Dr David Simpson

Solid Dispersion Drug Delivery Platforms with Improved Aqueous Solubility - Professor Gavin Andrews, Professor Ryan Donnelly and Professor Steven Bell

Continuous Processing of Pharmaceutical Cocrystals - Professor Gavin Andrews, Professor Stuart James and Professor Jorge Kohanoff

Development of a Therapeutic mRNA Vaccine for Breast Cancer - Dr Helen McCarthy and Prof Ryan Donnelly

Enhancing the effectiveness of radiotherapy using a combination of novel nanoparticle therapeutics - Dr Jonathan Coulter (School of Pharmacy), Dr Helen McCarthy (School of Pharmacy) and Professor Fred Currell (School of Mathematics and Physics)

Antiviral peptide prodrugs for practical formulation and enhanced vaginal drug absorption of HIV and HSV-2 microbicides - Prof. Karl Malcolm and Dr. Garry Laverty

Polyurethanes for controlled release drug delivery applications - Prof. Karl Malcolm and Dr. Peter Boyd

Laser Surface Treatment for Improved Biocompatibility of Implantable Medical Devices - Dr Louise Carson (School of Pharmacy) and Dr Chi Wai Chan (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Laser Surface Treatment for Anti-Infective Medical Implants - Dr Louise Carson (School of Pharmacy) and Dr Chi Wai Chan (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

Metabolomic analysis of plasma and sputum from patients with Cystic Fibrosis when stable and during exacerbation - Professor Michael Tunney (School of Pharmacy), Dr Mark Mooney (Institute for Global Food Security) and Prof Stuart Elborn (Centre for Infection & Immunity)

Liposomal delivery of antibiotics for treatment of pulmonary infection - Professor Michael Tunney, Dr Vicky Kett, Dr Rebecca Ingram (Centre for Infection & Immunity) and Prof Stuart Elborn (Centre for Infection & Immunity)

Microneedle-mediated Intradermal Delivery: Potential for Targeting of Therapeutic Agents - Professor Ryan Donnelly and Professor Brendan Gilmore (School of Pharmacy) and Dr Becky Ingram (School of Medicine)

Microneedle-mediated drug delivery for enhanced treatment of basal cell carcinoma - Professor Ryan Donnelly, Dr Jonathan Coulter (School of Pharmacy), Professor Steven Bell (School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering) and Dr Donal O’Kane (Dermatology, Belfast City Hospital)

Sustained Release Nanocarriers for Ocular Drug Delivery - Dr Thakur R Raj Singh, Prof David Jones and Prof Alan Stitt

Self-assembling Peptide Nanomaterials as Ocular Therapeutics - Dr Thakur Raghu Raj Singh and Dr Garry Laverty

The role of FKBPL in Immune Regulation - Prof Tracy Robson (Pharmacy), Dr Kissenpfennig (CII) and Dr Helen McCarthy (Pharmacy)

Understanding the conformational dynamics of the genetic variants of the human FKBPL - Prof. Tracy Robson and Dr. Irina Tikhonova

Development of stable synthetic vaccines for mucosal-based protection of food producing animals - Dr Vicky Kett, Dr Mark Mooney (Institute for Global Food Security) and Prof Gordon Allan (School of Biological Sciences)

Investigation of channel activating proteases in hypertensive disorders such as preeclampsia and diabetic nephropathy - Dr Lorraine Martin and Professor Tim Lyons (Centre for Experimental Medicine)

 

Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria set out by DEL which can be found at this link:

https://www.delni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/del/Awards%20for%20Postgraduate%20Study%202015-16.pdf

 

The following project has guaranteed funding through a DEL studentship. The closing date for applications is Friday February 5th 2016. Dates for interview for this studentship will be confirmed later.

In order to find out more about this project, follow the link below via the project title.  Applications must be made using the online application portal.  Applicants should have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Students who have a 2.2 honours degree and a Master’s degree may also be considered, but the School reserves the right to shortlist for interview only those applicants who have demonstrated high academic attainment to date.

Potentially inappropriate prescribing in middle-aged people: quantitative analyses in Northern Ireland - Dr. Janine Cooper, Prof. Carmel Hughes and Dr. Dermot O’Reilly (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences)

Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria set out by DEL which can be found at this link:

 

https://www.delni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/del/Awards%20for%20Postgraduate%20Study%202015-16.pdf