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PhD Opportunity @ Liverpool

A 3D-Printed Blood-Brain-Barrier-on-a-Chip for Agrochemical Permeability Studies – CASE Studentship

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) tightly regulates the flow of material between the bloodstream and the brain. One of the big problems faced by a range of sectors, from pharmaceuticals to agrochemicals, is understanding how compounds interact with and cross this barrier. One approach to solving this problem is to design model systems that reproduce the behaviour of the BBB in a lab.

Throughout the project, you will work in close collaboration with our industrial partner, Syngenta, to study how agrochemicals interact with your model BBB, enabling you to develop a tool for future interrogation of neuropathy, inflammation and axonal degeneration. With 59,000 employees in more than 100 countries, the Syngenta Group is a leading technology company for sustainable agricultural innovation. Syngenta’s mission is to offer large and small farming businesses the tools to address a wide range of challenges associated with crop productivity and health, to manage the effects of climate change and to help preserve biodiversity. Ultimately, innovations from Syngenta Group’s crop protection and seeds divisions help farmers to ensure sustainable food, feed, fiber and fuel production.

Click here for more details, or email directly to Dr Joe Forth or Dr David Dickens.

Exciting PhD Opportunities!!

The Impact of Cellular Agriculture on Land Use and the Environment in the UK and Africa

Summary: Funded by the NERC OnePlanet doctoral training partnership (Northumbria-Newcastle) and working with Paul Bartels at WildBio in South Africa. This highly interdisciplinary project will include original research in sustainable ‘cultivated meat’ biotechnologies and an assessment of their global impact using environmental science, and includes a research placement with Paul in South Africa. Ideally suited to a biosciences graduate with experience of animal cell culture and interests in cultivated meat, bioengineering, bioprocessing and environmental science. Read more about OnePlanet here:

NU-Bone: Antler BioDesign for structural tissue engineering and cellular agriculture

Summary: This PhD will develop in vitro biotechnologies to create living bone structures for applications in cellular agriculture (cultivated meat), bio-machine interfaces, engineering, design and novel consumer products. In this project, you will develop a methodology to grow human-designed 3D structures from deer antler stem cells in bioreactors, combining cutting edge research in stem cell biology, cellular agriculture, bioprocessing, bioreactor engineering, nanotechnology, mechanobiology and design engineering. Details here:

Please email James Henstock for more details.

European Society for Biomaterials & National Affiliated Societies

WEBINAR SERIES 2023| National Society Awardees

29 NOVEMBER 2023 | 12:00-13:30 (CEST)

Link to access the registration form:

Dimitrios Fotiadis | Carotid Artery Disease: Risk Stratification through Multiscale Modelling and Machine Learning

Clara Mattu and Carlotta Mattioda | Biomaterials and Processes for Sustainable Nanomedicine

Riccardo Rizzo | Development and application of photosensitive bioresins for 3D biofabrication strategies: from volumetric printing to two-photon stereolithography

Please spread news about this seminar and the series to others who might be interested.

Here is a link to a pdf of the flyer

ESB Travel Award Blog by Anushree Ghosh Dastidar

Anushree Ghosh Dastidar from Queens University Belfast received a travel bursary from UK to attend ESB2023. Here she reports on his experience at this international conference.

This report is with regards to attending the 33rd European Society for Biomaterials Conference held in Davos, Switzerland, 4th – 8th September 2023 (ESB 2023) for the UKSB Travel Grant 2023. The ESB conference is an annual conference that brings together researchers, scientists, and students from both academia and industry to discuss critical developments in the field of biomaterials. The conference was held in person and consisted of oral presentations and posters from early-stage researchers and leading researchers, and plenary talks from professors in the field of biomaterials and regenerative medicine.

This is by far the largest conference I had been to with over 1200 speakers and 10 rooms running parallel sessions simultaneously. The oral presentations consisted of sessions from students and professionals on their research findings and extended talks from academicians on the ongoing research in their labs. This gave a good insight into the advancement of tissue engineering and all related applications across the world. The research findings on biomaterials and degradation characterisation for scaffolds were especially beneficial to understanding the work that is going on in the world related to my topic.

I was allowed to present an oral presentation on ‘Investigating the regenerative potential of 3D-printed PLLGA/Alginate composite scaffolds for the treatment of articular cartilage defects’ where I answered questions from the audience. This in-person session was beneficial as the experience of presenting and answering questions from a large audience was a learning experience. The questions helped me gain experience on the kind of questions that I would be asked in the future regarding my topic.

This was also the first time I presented my PhD work on an international platform which was a wonderful experience. On top of this, I even won the Best Oral presentation award amongst 1200 presenters which was a prestige to bring for my university Queens University Belfast and the UKSB Society!

This has helped me become more confident in speaking and presenting which is an essential skill every PhD student must possess. The plenary talks from professors in the conference spoke about the different topics ranging from batteries, composite materials on tissue engineering, computational modelling and so on which helped me understand the impending research questions and challenges. Apart from this, there was a PhD & Post-doc mentoring session where we were divided into tables of 6-7 people and a senior faculty-mentored us. They spoke about the requirements for applying for a grant and the general process that an academic would follow. They patiently answered our questions on how we need to focus our careers after a PhD and gave valuable advice on each of our progress so far.

Another seminar organized by several chief editors of journals spoke on the process behind article writing and submission. As a PhD student, this helped me understand the expectations that come from an application made for a grant or submitting a manuscript that will be very beneficial for me in the future. There were also careers workshops from several industries that manufacture organ-on-chip, orthopaedic biomaterials, bioscience and biotechnology companies. Professionals from these companies also spoke on the ongoing animal and human trials for products which helped me understand the products that are currently available in the market and the scope for future products.

Overall, it has provided me with a good insight into the research labs across the world that are working in the field of bioengineering and regenerative medicine. I sincerely thank the UKSB society for providing me with the funding to attend this conference which has been an enriching experience to take away with me for my PhD.

Science Creates and UKRI Engineering Biology Accelerator Programme

Science Creates has recently launched a brand new Engineering Biology Accelerator Programme, in partnership with the UKRI. The accelerator will provide Engineering Biology scientists with the expert support needed to transform their research into startup businesses. The programme comes with financial support and is open to anyone with an existing Engineering Biology startup in its very early stages, or anyone wishing to launch an Engineering Biology startup. Applications are open now, with the expression of interest closing on 27th July 2023.

Throughout July, the programme team will be travelling to cities across the UK for our Accelerator Roadshow. The event series will provide further information on the programme, showcase regional research enterprise services and grow a nationwide network to support innovation in Engineering Biology. We will also be giving advice on how to apply to the accelerator. The Roadshow will be visiting Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Bristol. All events are free to attend and you can register by clicking here.

This opportunity will be of great interest and benefit to entrepreneurial researchers working in the field of Engineering Biology

If you would like to find out more about the accelerator, please register for one of our roadshows or contact the accelerator team.

Please like and share this opportunity via the LinkedIn post here and a Twitter post here

Vacancy: Lecturer in Dental Materials

Are you an academic with proven abilities to carry out high quality research in dentally-relevant science in a research-intensive Russell Group University? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in dental materials science? Do you want to be a key member of an internationally renowned team working in a stimulating and supportive environment?

Closing Date – 26 July 2023

We are looking for an outstanding early career academic of high potential who is able to demonstrate a growing track record in research, student education and academic leadership. You will join us as a lecturer and have an emerging track record in development and/or characterisation of dentally-relevant materials which are aligned with the research priorities of the School of Dentistry.

You will deliver world class research, inspirational teaching and post-graduate research student supervision. As a Lecturer, you will have the ability to develop strategies for interdisciplinary research and innovation, to secure research funding and have a clear view of how your research will be translated to achieve societal/ healthcare and/ or economic impact. You will be expected to have established collaborations with academic and/or industrial partners. 

You will provide an excellent student education experience for undergraduate and taught postgraduates in the School of Dentistry. The undergraduate teaching focus will be centred on the delivery of dental materials science to students on our MChD Dental Surgery (MChD) and Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSc) programs. The postgraduate focus will be centred on providing module leadership and delivery of content for our MSc in Dental Materials.      

Dental Materials is part of the School of Dentistry’s Division of Oral Biology, currently based on level 7 of the Wellcome Trust Brenner Building at the University’s St James’ Hospital Campus. Additional laboratories and the School’s teaching are based on the University’s main campus in the Worsley Building. You will be based across both sites as and when required in the delivery of your duties. A free staff shuttle bus running every 20 minutes provides easy access between the two sites.

See here for more details

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