PhD Studentship - Synthesis of new types of nanoparticles and their antimicrobial resistance

Location
United Kingdom
Posted
Dec 19, 2020
Closes
Jan 18, 2021
Ref
156241
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Supervisory Team: Prof. Antonios Kanaras (Physics), Professor Myron Christodoulides (Medicine)

Project description

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is one of the most serious threats globally with more than 25,000 patients dying in the EU/UK annually, and it is predicted that AMR bacteria will kill >10 million people by 2050. Economically, the loss to global GDP is predicted to be > £5 trillion over the next 40 years.

Recently, the use of nanoparticles has been suggested as an approach to fight pathogens. Nanoparticles possess several advantages: i) the choice of nanoparticle surface coating can be chemically altered to provide target specificity, drug delivery and higher reactivity with site-specificity; ii) nanoparticle properties can be enriched according to the chemical composition of the core (e.g. magnetic, optical and redox, etc.); iii) there is compelling evidence that some types of metal nanoparticles can kill bacteria by various mechanistic pathways such as the generation of free radicals following an external stimulus (e.g. light), by the release of metal ions, and through the highly reactive organic shell at the local microenvironment.

The main objective of this project will be to synthesize new types of nanoparticles which will target and kill pathogens that they are at the priority list of the World Health Organization. The Kanaras group (http://www.licn.phys.soton.ac.uk/) has an international reputation and expertise in nanoparticle functionalization and nanoparticle-cell interactions. Recently, the group has developed chemical protocols to synthesize and functionalize various types of nanoparticles with bioactive molecules such as peptides, proteins and DNA, which possess multi-tasking roles such as selective sensing and killing of cancer cells, inhibition of angiogenesis, and enhanced skin penetration. The Christodoulides group (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/medicine/about/staff/mc4.page) is recognized internationally for its contribution to understanding the pathogenesis of bacterial infections and devising strategies, including preventative vaccines, to combat Gram-negative AMR pathogens included in the WHO list.

The successful applicant will gain multidisciplinary expertise across the areas of chemistry, physics and biology utilizing a broad range of characterization techniques

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof. Antonios Kanaras, QLM Research Group, Email: a.kanaras@soton.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2466.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £15,285 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select PhD Physics (Full time). In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Antonios Kanaras

Applications should include:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date


Apply online here

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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