PhD Project – Establishing a corneal biofilm model for antimicrobial drug testing

Project Description

Microbial biofilms are usually grown on abiotic surfaces (e.g. catheters, culture plates). However, there are many situations (chronic skin wounds, eye infections) where biofilms become established in human tissues and these are very difficult to treat without causing further tissue damage. In this project, the student will develop a biotic biofilm model, using human corneal epithelial cells that will allow the testing of a new class of antimicrobial drugs in a tissue context.

Entry Requirements:

Candidates must have a first or upper second class honours degree with significant microbiology content and laboratory research experience


Interested candidates should in the first instance contact Professor Pete Monk,; 0114215 9538

Funding Notes

The funding covers home/EU tuition fees and stipend at RCUK rates (currently £14,777 per year)

How to apply:

Please complete a University Postgraduate Research Application form available here.
Please clearly state the prospective main supervisor in the respective box and select Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease as the department

Deadline: Monday, July 09, 2018

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