Wafa Al-Jamal I am always open to PhD applications in the field of nanopharmaceutical, targeted delivery, smart and novel nanomaterials, exosomes, immunotherapy, tumour microenvironment, and nanotoxicology.
Gavin Andrews PhD and Post-doctoral openings in the field of preclinical oral dose development including targeted drug delivery, amorphous solid dispersions, Hot-Melt Extrusion, 3D printing, continuous processing and PAT.
Heather Barry Open to PhD applications in the fields of health services research, primary care, prescribing, medicines optimisation, older people.
Niamh Buckley Open to PhD applications in the field of cancer research, personalised medicine, biomarkers and novel treatment options.
Roberta Burden Open to PhD applications in the fields of protease biology and inhibitor development (small molecule and biological inhibitors).
James Burrows Open to PhD applications in the field of the biology, characterisation and therapeutic targeting of mammalian and microbial proteases.
- USP17 as a therapeutic target in cancer
- Targeting bacterial proteases as an antimicrobial strategy
Sheiliza Carmali Open to PhD applications in the field of protein-drug delivery, biocatalysis, polymer-based protein delivery, biomaterials, the development of smart materials for biomedical applications.
Louise Carson Open to PhD applications in the following areas:
- Biomaterial design, synthesis and characterisation
- Host-material inflammatory response (cell biology)
- Microbiological evaluation of biomaterials
Tianbao Chen Open to PhD applications in the fields of peptide sciences, antibiotic resistance, anti-cancer drug development.
Jonathan Coulter Open to PhD applications in the field of Nanotherapeutics, radiobiology, radiopharmaceuticals, DNA damage, cancer stem cells, drug resistance, 3-dimentional bio-assays.
- Gold nanoparticle/drug combinations
- Solid tumour nanoparticle transport models
Ryan Donnelly Open to PhD applications in the field of microneedles/microarray patches, minimally-invasive patient monitoring/diagnosis, transdermal drug delivery, including biomolecules, vaccine delivery, photodynamic therapy, nanomedicine delivery, HIV treatment and prevention, delivery of therapeutics for tropical diseases and rare conditions.
Katharina Edkins Open to PhD applications in the field of pharmaceutical solid-state investigations.
- Pre-nucleation clusters in the crystallisation of pharmaceuticals
- Impact of bio-isosteric replacement on the occurrence of multiple crystal forms
- Tailoring supramolecular gels for sub-cutaneous injection
Fiona Furlong Open to PhD applications in the field of cancer research, cancer pharmacology, chemoresistance, cell and molecular biology, transcriptomics, biomarker development and drug discovery. Applications should meet the University's English language requirements, secured a source of funding, and who wish to pursue a research project in a relevant research topic.

Yi Ge Dr Yi Ge’s recent and current research interests and activities, with a focus on the interdisciplinary area at the interfaces of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Science, Biomedical Science, Chemistry and Nanotechnology, mainly include:
•Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
•Molecular Imprinting and Smart Materaials
•Biosensors and Advanced Sensing Technology
•Theranostics and Drug Delivery

Open to PhD and MRes/MPhil applications in all of the above fields.
Brendan Gilmore Open to PhD applications in the field of biofilm microbiology, antimicrobial discovery, bacterial protease biochemistry, host pathogen interactions, microbial biocatalysis.
Deirdre Gilpin Open to PhD applications in the field of respiratory microbiology and molecular biology , antimicrobial discovery and repurposing.
Taher Hatahet Development of next-generation vaginal gels containing multiple active agents for improved treatment of bacterial vaginosis
https://1drv.ms/b/s!ArY1IpVL3bkcqCNxbYFIraBYHF8-
Yingfen Hsia -Global paediatric infectious burden and antimicrobial resistance
-Using electronic health databases to evaluate vaccine effectiveness and safety in children
Carmel Hughes Open to PhD applications in the field of primary care, prescribing, older people, and medicines optimisation. Most projects which students undertake are mixed methods in nature i.e. using both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
David Jones Biocompatible implants for improved pain control post-surgery

Mucoadhesive platforms for enhanced drug delivery to the oral cavity

Production methods for mucoadhesive microspheres based on fluid dynamics
Victoria Kett Open to PhD applications in the field of pharmaceutics, vaccine technology, mucosal and thermal analysis including amorphous and polymorphic systems.
- Novel mucosal delivery of biofilm penetrating antibiotics
- Vaccine delivery via mucosal routes
- Novel spray-dried powders for delivery to the lung
Dimitrios Lamprou If you are interested to pursue a Ph.D. in one of our research areas, and you have already secured you own funding (e.g. government source, charity, industry, research council) or you are Self-Funded, you are encouraged to contact the PI, with full CV and one-page letter of motivation.
Eneko Larraneta Landa Open to PhD applications in the field of pharmaceutical/medical materials for drug delivery applications.
Individuals interested in working with Dr Larraneta are welcome to contact him to discuss their ideas and/or possible collaborations.
Garry Laverty Open to PhD applications in the field of peptide-based materials (hydrogels and nanotubes), sustained and targeted drug delivery (long-acting drug delivery systems to improve patient adherence to medicines), biomaterials and antimicrobial peptides.
Shu Li Open to PhD applications in the field of multi-component pharmaceutical materials (including pharmaceutical cocrystals), mechanochemical synthesis, enabling formulation strategies and medical device preparation via hot-melt extrusion.
Fiona Lynn Dr Lynn is open to PhD applicants interested in exploring the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve outcomes in health and wellbeing for parents, children, families and communities.
All methodological approaches welcome.
Robert Malcolm Open to applications for postgraduate research from suitably-qualified applicants who meet the University's English language requirements, who have secured a source of funding, and who wish to pursue a research project in a relevant research topic.

Exemplar PhD projects are detailed below:

1. Surface-modified silicone elastomers for reduced bacterial adherence and biofilm formation / https://www.dropbox.com/s/hcmz7ry0bz7qgtv/PhD%20Advert%201.pdf?dl=0

2. Exploring the influence of silica-based fillers on drug release from silicone elastomer implants / https://www.dropbox.com/s/p6ues1dplqbbqa5/PhD%20Advert%202.pdf?dl=0

3. Novel sustained-release formulation strategies for vaginal administration of drug-loaded nanoparticles / https://www.dropbox.com/s/1u02ncywh2ebun7/PhD%20Advert%203.pdf?dl=0
Lorraine Martin Open to PhD applications in the field of ion channel modulation, proteases as potential biomarkers and therapeutics targets, infection and inflammation, chronic diseases, to include respiratory diseases and chronic wounds.
Helen McCarthy Open to PhD applications in the field of nano-drug delivery, biopharmaceutics, vaccine technology, repurposing of phosphate-based drugs, nucleic acid therapies and bone repair.

- Development of nanomedicines for cancer
- Design of non-viral delivery systems
Noleen McCorry Health services research, particularly: the development, evaluation, and implementation of interventions for older populations, and people with long-term conditions; healthcare quality improvement; implementation science.
Colin McCoy Open to PhD applications in the field of drug delivery, biomaterials, sensor development, SMART materials, and medical device enhancement. Polymer and small-molecule synthesis, materials characterisation, biological and microbiological performance are all areas of expertise in our research.
Una McMenamin Dr McMenamin is interested to hear from students and clinical trainees who wish to pursue PhD/MD/MPhil projects using population-based research methods to identify risk factors for cancer (or precancer) development and progression.
Carole Parsons Open to PhD applications in the field of medicines use and optimisation in palliative, hospice and end of life care.
Laura Sherrard Open to PhD applications in the field of clinical pharmacy, molecular biology, microbiology and bacterial genomics.
Raghu Thakur Open to PhD applications in the field of small and large molecule delivery using novel platforms such as injectable implants, micro-/nanoparticle, microneedles, and medical devices for ocular and transdermal applications.
Timofey Skvortsov Open to PhD applications in the following areas: Biology and genomics of bacteriophages and viruses of archaea; Metatranscriptomics of biofilms; Horizontal gene transfer in biofilms; Antimicrobial discovery; Discovery and engineering of biocatalysts.
Yiwei Tian amorphous solid dispersion, nanoparticle drug delivery systems, surface acoustic waves, supersonic spray drying, thermodynamic modelling, non-classic nucleation, neglected tropical diseases.
Irina Tikhonova Open to PhD applications in the field of multiscale modelling of biomolecular systems (peptides, proteins, allosteric drugs and membrane), pharmaceutical materials (hydrogels and polymers), nanostructures to improve therapeutic targeting and diagnostic applications.
Michael Tunney A range of PhD projects are available within our group focusing on the improved detection and treatment of chronic respiratory infection and development of molecular diagnostic assays.
Min Zhao 1) Amorphous formulations for improved bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs
2) Development of paediatric oral formulations
3) Electrospun nanofibrication of biopharmaceuticals
Mei Zhou Open to PhD applications in the field of natural bioactive peptide discovery, peptide pharmacology, therapeutic peptide design and development.