Developing technology to understand physiological processes of ageing leading to frailty


Supervised by Dr Patricia Scully, (School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science), Prof Krikor Ozanyan (School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering), and Dr Christine Brown Wilson (School of Midwifery, Nursing and Social Work)

The purpose of this PhD is to develop a cost effective multi-parameter physiological sensor that enables researchers to measure changes into an older person’s activity patterns. The ability to measure physiological parameters over time has the potential to provide further information on the ageing process, which enables these to be addressed at various levels within Biosciences.

The PhD project will develop a functional prototype sensor based on optoelectronic and optical fibre sensor instrumentation, capable of defining physiological activity patterns and will provide opportunities to acquire skills in developing technology making this project an ideal platform to progress onto a post-doctoral research career path. It is suitable for a graduate in Engineering or Physical Science with interests in application of technology to bioscience. See DTP studentships for further details of how to apply and eligibility.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold (or expect to attain) a 2(i) or higher UK honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate area of science or technology.

An BBSRC studentship provides funding for tuition fees and a stipend to eligible UK and EU nationals. Due to funding criteria, EU nationals must have resided in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to commencing the studentship. EU applicants that have not resided in the UK for 3 years, are eligible for a ‘fees only’ studentship.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Patricia Scully and Professor Krikor Ozanyan.



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