ESPRC DTP Studentship – Electroactive membranes for smart drug delivery implants

Department of Engineering, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2020
  • REF: NM24667
  • Closes: 15th March 2021
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to join the Bionic Systems group ( led by Dr Christopher Proctor in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. We are an interdisciplinary teams and our research is focused on developing bionic systems to improve healthcare and advance bioscience. These technologies often take design inspiration from the same biological systems with which they interact while leveraging advances in parallel fields such as biosensors, optoelectronics, soft robotics, machine learning and neuroengineering.

This PhD studentship will aim to design and test an implantable drug delivery system that can release drugs on demand in tune with patient needs. The initial focus will be on the development of polymeric membranes to control drug release. The electroactive membranes will then be incorporated into an implantable system and validated in pre-clinical models.

The project will involve materials processing, microfabrication and testing in in vitro as well as in vivo models. Specific methods include photolithography, electrochemical analysis, UV cross linking, immunoassays, and tissue histology.

Expected outcome is for a new drug delivery platform that can adapt to a given patient with long term applications ranging from blood sugar control to pain management. The underlying materials developments may also find utility in components for neuromorphic computing and biosensors.

EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. International (including EU) students will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from the DTP. We recommend that international students apply by 3 December, in order that they can also be put forward for funding from the Cambridge Trust for the home-overseas fee difference if selected.

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Applicant Portal, with Dr. Christopher Proctor identified as the potential supervisor.

Applicants are also encouraged to send a CV and statement of interest to as soon as possible. General inquiries may be sent to the same address.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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