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EPSRC MRes/PhD Studentship - Development of Graphene Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics.

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Newcastle University
16 April 2012
North East England > Tyne & Wear
Course fee
not specified

Further information

EPSRC MRes/PhD Studentship - Development of Graphene Biosensors for Medical Diagnostics.

  • Reference Code: CL051


Sponsor - EPSRC , Subject to final confirmation of DTA.

Duration of the award
4 years - MRes Medical and Molecular Biosciences followed by a three-year PhD. (Alternatively a 3 year PhD may be available for candidates with a suitable Masters-Level degree).

Name of the supervisors
Dr N Keegan, Institute of Cellular Medicine,
Dr J Hedley, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering ,

Project description
For the rapid early diagnosis of disease, biosensor technologies are a front-line tool in the modern arsenal of point-of-need analytical systems. The Newcastle team are currently investigating graphene, which is effectively an unrolled nanotube, for exploitation within the biosensor arena. The successful candidate will use the unique atomic thickness, planar nature and electrical/mechanical properties of graphene to produce novel detection systems. The team have already successfully fabricated their first range of graphene sensors and the aim of this project is to further develop the most successful themes in future fabrication runs. The graphene sensors will be functionalised with simple model molecular recognition systems, such as streptavidin:biotin, or IgG:anti-IgG in order to critically evaluate the sensor parameters and to define viability versus the state-of-the-art:

. Analytical Parameters
o sensitivity
o specificity
o detection limit and dynamic range
o reproducibility
o matrix effects and non-specific binding
o stability & shelf-life
. Cost
. Manufacturability
. Ease-of-integration

In such an application-driven, cutting edge, inter-disciplinary, translational research environment the outcome will be an extremely employable individual with a unique range of skills and experiences across both engineering and biomedical sciences.

Value of the Award and Eligibility
Depending on how you meet the EPSRC's eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £13,590 (2011/12).

Person Specification
BSc or Masters-Level qualification in a relevant topic, such as biomedical sciences.

How to Apply
You must complete the University's postgraduate application form. Select "Master of Research/Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences) - Cellular Medicine" as the programme of study. Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement required) but you must attach a copy of your CV and a covering letter, quoting the title of the studentship and reference number CL051.

You should also send your covering letter and CV by e-mail to Dr N Keegan ( )

Closing date for applications - prompt application is advised as this post is only available until a suitable candidate is appointed.

For further details - please contact Dr N Keegan, , or Dr J Hedley,

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