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Understanding and exploiting the phenomenal properties of collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and, as one of its principal building blocks, plays a dominant role in the function of many tissues. As such, the structure-property-function relationships in collagen are central to understanding health and disease, and developing materials-based strategies for regenerative medicine. A better understanding of these relationships further provides a biomimetic target for high-performance, multifunctional fibre-based materials in applications outside of biomedicine. The defining feature of collagen is an elegant structural motif …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Plasma medicine

Plasma medicine is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research topic focusing on various treatments of diseases using low-temperature plasmas generated in gases using electric fields.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Hearing colour and seeing sound – switchable optoacoustic imaging agents

Optoacoustic imaging is a relatively new medical imaging technique. It utilises laser light to excite an imaging agent, which in turn converts this light energy into heat. This heat is dissipated as a sound wave, which can be detected with an ultrasound receiver. This technique aims to overcome the minimal penetration depth of fluorescence imaging, and the lack of molecular specificity of ultrasound.In this project we are aiming to develop and synthesize intelligent imaging agents for optoacoustics, which are able …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Understanding equine PPID - a hormonal disease in horses

Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is a disease found in horses that is similar to Parkinson's disease in humans. It occurs where a a gradual failure of the pituitary gland leads to an imbalance of hormones in the body, including cortisol, insulin and dopamine.This project aims to develop a better diagnostic test for the disease and to better understand the way in which this hormone imbalance impacts on the animal's health. In doing so, new treatment opportunities may be …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Modelling biological cells and related phenomena

We research a variety of phenomena, including infectious diseases and cancer, which can broadly be considered through the modelling of biological cells, their interactions, and interactions with their surroundings.Methodologies employed regularly include differential equations (ordinary, partial and stochastic), individual based models and cellular automata models. Specific applications include the interactions of tumours with the human immune system, sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, and the delivery of drugs to chronic wounds.

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

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