PhD Studentship: A biomaterial-based tissue engineering approach for augmentation of articular cart

United Kingdom
May 16, 2018
May 31, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
This project aims to analyse the ability of three commercially available biomaterial scaffolds, namely BIOPAD, MaioRegen and Jellagen, to support the attachment, viability, proliferation and differentiation of stem cells from human bone marrow and articular cartilage, and promote the generation of 3-D, hyaline-like cartilage constructs, which can then be implanted to enhance the repair of articular cartilage defects.

It is a clear aspiration that the work will offer a real opportunity to derive hyaline-like cartilage grafts using human skeletal cells and FDA-approved scaffolds, with tangible benefits in the subsequent clinical use of these tissue engineered cartilage products for the repair of articular cartilage defects in patients with early osteoarthritis. This, in turn, will help to improve long term patient outcome and contribute towards making significant cost-savings to the healthcare system by reducing the need for expensive joint replacement surgeries.  

Candidate requirements: Applicants with a 1st or 2:1 degree in biomedical engineering or a biological/medical-related field, interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment that offers access to an array of research expertise by interactions with stem cell biologists, orthopaedic surgeons and bioengineers, are encouraged to apply.  

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Rahul Tare, Bioengineering research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2381 205257.


Funding and Eligibility

This project is in competition with others for funding; the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded a full studentship. This 3 year studentship covers home-rate tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend at the standard EPSRC rate, which is £14,777 for 2018/19.

The funding is only available to UK citizens or EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship and not mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education. For further guidance on funding, please contact

How to Apply

Click here to apply and select the programme - PhD in Engineering and the Environment. Please enter the title of the PhD Studentship in the application form.

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