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PhD projects for research students

Find below a list of currently available self-funded PhD projects. 
Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

We encourage all students to contact the supervisor or the alternative contact person for more information and an informal chat to discuss the process of applying and preparing your research statement. For more information on how to apply click here.

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Inhibiting cell metabolism to enhance tumour cell death
As you read this, millions of your cells from your body are dying. Do not panic – this is not bad news. Most of them are either superfluous or potentially harmful, so you are better off without them. ...
31/01/2020

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Arts Therapies effectiveness with specific populations: a mixed methods study
Arts therapies are being developed in a range of private and public contexts around the globe. There is growing evidence that arts therapies support people's communication, emotional expression, socia...
31/01/2020

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Trust In Autonomous Vehicles
Problem Statement Several recent research studies have suggested that “lack of trust” is one of the major factors which is slowing the commercial introduction of autonomous vehicles. While the technol...
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Control of IC Engine Emissions with Addition of Hydrogen
Utilisation of hydrogen gas mixtures as means of controlling engine exhaust emissions through combustion improvements or aftertreatment systems enhanced performance. Experimental study using fully equ...
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Autonomous 5G Networks
5G Networks are expected to support many use cases ranging from autonomous vehicles, e-health, industry 4.0, entertainment, transport, smart cities etc. which will place a wide range of technical requ...
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Development of clean-up and clean technologies for the treatment of industrial waste streams
The main focus of my research is on process innovations in various industries, for example, chemical, petrochemical, textile, plating, and leather manufacturing processes. I work on the development of...
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Exploring the potential of human-like computing methods and applications in education or healthcare
Intelligent, ‘human-like’ applications, 3D games, and interfaces are becoming more common in our everyday lives, and as an important area of focus within the fields of Multimedia / Human-Computer Inte...
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Design for behaviour change in African urban informal settlements
This PhD is linked to a 5-year research project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Poor Urban Environments’, in short Gender for Energy Security (GENS). Funded by National Research ...
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The Development of an Artificial Heart
Background: Heart failure is defined as the inability of the heart to pump and circulate blood around the body to provide nutrients to the various organs. Heart failure is therefore catastrophic if no...
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Improvement of Eulerian form of SPH
This is proposal for a PhD project on reformulation of the Eulerian form of the Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics (ESPH) method and the development of methods for stabilisation of ESPH. This is intended f...
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Social workers and body practitioners: an inter-professional exploration
This PhD project will examine how social work practitioners who are also body practitioners – dancers, yoga teachers, physiotherapists, massage therapists, choreographers etc - implement and integrate...
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Pattern Reconfigurable Antennas for future wireless communication systems
Wireless communication systems expanding at a very high rate with high capacity requirements. Social media applications and life style choices have resulted in very high data rates. Frequency re-use t...
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Egr2 and 3 mediated T cell tolerance in cancer and their impact in immune checkpoint therapy
Tumour infiltrated lymphocytes (TILs) contain tumour reactive T cells and have been used as adoptive cell transfer therapy in patients which can mediate cancer regression. However, without in vitro ma...
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Underlying neuroscience of depression and loneliness and drug use and social policy
My research interests have always been within the field of psychiatry and I have a specific interest in depression and loneliness. My research has explored these conditions from a multi-disciplinary p...
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Markers of Expertise in Sport and Physical Activity: Triangulated Approaches
The aim of this project is to adopt a mixed methods approach to determine the various factors – innate, learnt, and environmental – that ultimately contribute to skill acquisition and/or expertise wit...
Dr David Broadbent
Dr Daniel Bishop
Adam Cocks
Alex Nowicky
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Power system optimisation under intermittent energy sources
The project will address optimisation of power distribution under intermittent energy sources (such as wind power) with unpredictable output. The intermittency and unpredictability of renewable energy...
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Advanced regression analysis or model for Wellbeing
Wellbeing is taking centre stage in policy-making and the measurement of national success. Analysing wellbeing involves in challenges due to its measurement variety and choice as well somehow difficul...
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Software Architecture Recovery and Consistency of Mobile Applications
Project Summary: Mobile applications are being developed by new platforms such as Android with their own programming languages, e.g., Java version for Android. Currently, mobile applications are small...
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Biomass Combustion Ash in the Removal of Micro-pollutants from Water
The UK is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% compared to the 1990 emission levels by the year 2050. Negative emission technologies such as biomass combustion with carbon captu...
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Mapping Software Systems based on Domains
This project is based on inter-disciplinary research: on the one hand, it is a Computer Science project, where a good understanding of software programming is needed. On the other hand, it is a Biolog...
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Advanced Computer Aided Design Modelling – Developing Intelligent Surfaces and Textures from 4D Printing
4D Printing has been recognised to herald the next generation of Additive Manufacturing components that are intelligent to perform a series of controlled and programmed shape-deformation over time whe...
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Identifying Micro-service architectural erosion or inconsistency
Micro services are becoming popular amongst technology providers, transportation industry etc. These not only claim to provide solution to the traditional problems such as agility, saleability, mainta...
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Novel machine learning methodologies for human action correction in videos
The goal of this research is to motivate patients with disabilities to get better in a faster, easier and fun way. It will apply artificial intelligence methods to a software that turns traditional ph...
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Modelling the movements of goods between locations and countries
The aim of this project is to create an agent-based model that mimics the movement of goods between locations and trading individuals in a given country-specific setting. The idea of this model is to ...
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The mutations in TP53 gene from the glioma patients that trigger the aberrant pre-mRNA splicing
TP53 gene encodes the “Tumour Protein” p53 which plays a central role in cell cycle regulation. This protein is widely considered as the “Guardian of the Genome” for maintaining genetic stability. A m...
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Ballistic impact response of multi-layered shields
In an optimal design, more often than not, an initial configuration of a structure must be modified several times to provide the optimal arrangement. The objective of the project is to develop and use...
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Involvement of the matrix protein SPARC in the dynamic interaction between tumour and host cells
Tumour growth depends on the crosstalk between malignant and surrounding stromal cells (fibroblasts, osteoblasts, endothelial cells and inflammatory cells). Malignant cells secrete soluble proteins th...
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Disrupting the regulatory mechanisms that allow hospital acquired infections to resist antibiotic therapy.
The discovery of penicillin over 90 years ago and its subsequent uptake by healthcare systems around the world revolutionised global health and wellbeing. It marked the beginning of a golden age in an...
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Shape Memory Materials for Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing or 3D Printing is an emerging technology that has gained popularity within the disciplines of design, engineering and manufacturing. The aim of this PhD is to build a knowledge ...
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Central Nervous system Gene therapy to treat obesity Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS). Analysis of the BBS brain development
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a debilitating, often life-limiting heritable multisystem disorder caused by dysfunction of non-motile cilia (ciliopathy). There is currently no cure for BBS, a disease ...
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Comparing romantic jealousy and friendship rivalry
The main project aim is to test whether the same or different psychological mechanisms are defending against threats to romantic relationships and friendships emanating from a rival or competitor usin...
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Study of the ageing-related pre-mRNA splicing of the LMNA gene
Precursor messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing is a cellular process in which non-coding sequences (introns) are removed and coding sequences (exons) are joined together to generate mRNA for protein prod...
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Loneliness and social isolation in later life: a longitudinal analysis of growing old in Brazil
Within the developed world research has consistently demonstrated that social relationships are key to a good quality of life and wellbeing in old age. Loneliness and isolation are two established mea...
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Involvement of the matrix protein SPARC in the dynamic interaction between tumour and host cells
Tumour growth depends on the crosstalk between malignant and surrounding stromal cells (fibroblasts, osteoblasts, endothelial cells and inflammatory cells). Malignant cells secrete soluble proteins th...
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Behaviour of stainless steel reinforced concrete structures in fire
Premature deterioration and failure of concrete buildings and infrastructure due to corrosion of the reinforcement is a severe challenge facing the structural engineering community from a technical pe...
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Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of parasite-host interactions between snails and schistosomes
The parasitic disease Schistosomiasis affects 243 million people worldwide. Having hatched from human urine or faeces contaminating water-bodies, the parasite must seek and infect a compatible water s...
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Central Nervous system Gene therapy to treat obesity Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS). Analysis of the BBS brain development
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a debilitating, often life-limiting heritable multisystem disorder caused by dysfunction of non-motile cilia (ciliopathy). There is currently no cure for BBS, a disease ...
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Effects on the genome of new treatments for the premature ageing disease Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
HGPS is a premature ageing syndrome that affects children leading to their premature death in their teens through heart attacks and strokes. There have been a few drugs that have been given to the chi...
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Weibull analysis and extreme regression for small and big data
Weibull analysis is the popular method to make predictions about the life of all products in the population by fitting a statistical distribution to life data from a representative sample of units. We...
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Multi-Agent Learning on Sensory data for Autonomous Systems
In many real world applications data is not static but arrives in data streams. On-line learning methods suits these applications by adjusting the learning policy incrementally as soon as new data arr...
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Nanoparticles in drug delivery
Nanoparticles (NPs) are materials with overall dimensions in the nano scale range (5nm-100nm). Due to their unique physicochemical properties, they have found a wide range of applications and are curr...
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Mechanisms of cilia biogenesis and signalling
Cilia are sensory organelles that detect mechanical and chemical stimuli from the environment. They arise from centrioles and function as “antennae” that receive and integrate extracellular signals.  ...
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Microwave assisted local heating for biomedical applications
Many biomedical applications require DNA amplifications and isothermal amplification is a technique used to address these requirements. Currently many research groups around the world are looking into...
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Use of inertial sensors for fall prediction in older people
Falls in older people are a common cause of morbidity, mortality and loss of function. The physiological changes to the motor and sensory functions caused by ageing combined with the presence of other...
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Experimental and numerical characterisation and modelling of viscoelastic/viscoplastic crack growth in adhesive joints
Adhesive bonding is a widely used technique in the aerospace and automotive industry, whose advantages with respect to more conventional connections of structural components include the great reductio...
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Designing interactions with digital money
The PhD will explore how people use and interact with money to explore how digital systems can be designed for more effective and suitable purposes. This topic could cover consumer payment systems, pe...
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Development of machine learning methods to redesign protein dynamics
Protein function is often coupled with conformational changes. This project is aimed at developing machine learning methods to inform protein design. The student will be required to design, develop an...
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Granular Computing for Power Electronics Circuits Optimisation
Granular computing is an emerging computing paradigm of information processing. It concerns the processing of complex information entities called information granules, which arise in the process of da...
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Differential expression patterns and transport characteristics of aged cells
Ageing is associated with a number of diseases and manifests itself at the organ level (e.g. the morphological changes in the skin) as well as cellular level. Cellular function is dependent on correct...
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A linear peristaltic pump for biological media
Established methods used to transport biological media such as axial, centrifugal and peristaltic pumps can cause damage to micro organisms due to shear stress, crushing and high velocity movement. An...
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Behaviour of high strength steel structures in fire
High strength steel is an increasingly popular material choice for civil engineering structures owing to its high performance and ability to reduce the overall material usage in a project. This projec...
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Automotive crowdsourcing
Problem Statement Among innovation experts crowdsourcing is considered to be a highly cost effective manner for businesses to connect with their customers, identify new design concepts and outsource w...
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Artificial intelligence technology development for medical applications
In this project, advanced deep learning algorithms will be developed for medical data (e.g. biomedical signals, images, sound, touch, pressure, etc.). The sensors will be studied, signal processing me...
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Intelligent human-computer interaction: system development and applications
The first generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research was rules-based and emulated classical logic to draw reasoned conclusions within a specific, narrowly defined problem domain. It was well ...
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Design Guidelines for Musemedia – multiple sensorial media
Mulsemedia - multiple sensorial media - makes possible the inclusion of layered sensory stimulation and interaction through multiple sensory channels. The recent upsurge in technology and wearables pr...
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Development of an in vitro 3D tissue culture model to study the effects of environmental contaminants on the human fetal-placental unit
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are environmental chemicals that interfere with physiological systems, adversely affecting hormone balance (endocrine system) and disrupting the normal function o...
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Understanding effects and mechanisms of anti-depressant drug pollution on molluscs
Pharmaceuticals, persisting in the environment are becoming a growing concern for wildlife health.  Antidepressants act by modulating the action of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Because many bi...
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Dynamic response of impact-loaded crushable auxetic metamaterials
Auxetic metamaterials possess an artificially designed microstructure allowing them to offer some unique features not readily observed in natural materials. Auxetic materials are known to have negativ...
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Interplay between psychological processes and cultural contexts
Much of the psychological literature is based on the research findings from Western cultures, and we cannot assume that such psychological findings can be generalized to people in non-Western cultures...
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Multitasking abilities – Are computerised laboratory tasks predictive of real-world tasks?
Multitasking, i.e. the concurrent performance of two or more tasks, has been investigated in many different domains. In Cognitive Psychology, experimental paradigms such as the task switching paradigm...
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Contextual influences on the success of self-management post stroke
Health reform has led to a prioritisation of self-management, a means whereby people with long term conditions are helped to develop the skills and behaviours required to manage the long term effects ...
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Design for energy transitions in African urban informal settlements
This PhD is linked to a 5-year research project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Poor Urban Environments’, in short Gender for Energy Security (GENS). Funded by National Research ...
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Multiscale Simulation of Fluid Dynamics
A project at the interface between Physics and Engineering, molecular simulation has the potential to provide new insights into the field of fluids dynamics, a vital and very active research area esse...
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Eliminating avoidable single-use plastic packaging in the UK
In the UK, the plastics industry places approximately 5 million tonnes of plastics onto the UK market each year, of which approximately 2.2 million tonnes is packaging. Most of the plastic packaging w...
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Leaving Neverland: pedophilia, publics and fandoms
This project investigates the receptions and aftermath of the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' in relation to Michael Jackson's legacy of music, performance, and his fan base. It asks why, in the midst...
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Targeting TERT and the MYCN gene network as a novel therapeutic approach for high-risk neuroblastoma
MYCN belongs to a small family of transcription factors implicated in fundamental cellular processes. There are 3 members of the MYC family in mammalian cells, c-MYC, MYCN and L-MYC. They interact wit...
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Intelligent coordination of end-users energy demand for the sustainable next-generation energy network
As part of energy demand and sustainability of future energy grid, energy generation, transmission and distribution; a more systematic and proactive approach for the next-generation electric grid is n...
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Mechanisms of Social Perception (Face recognition, Voice recognition, Emotion recognition)
I am interested in understanding the perceptual mechanisms that we use in our social interactions, such as how we recognise someone from their face or their voice, and how we recognise and respond to ...
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Developmental dyslexia: a multi-sensory approach
The aim of the proposed project will be to investigate the multi-sensory integration of light and sound information, i.e., the combination of processing in the visual and auditory systems, in children...
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Repo-Man function in embryogenesis and differentiation
Repo-Man (CDCA2) is a Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1) targeting subunit that has been shown to be an important regulator of cell division. Recent studied from our laboratory have also shown that that Repo...
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Bayesian Spatiotemporal Regression for Landscape Ecology
Landscapes are the result of numerous processes and factors that operate and interact across different spatial and temporal scales. These processes and factors include landscape structure process, soc...
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Investigating molecular disease mechanisms and therapy of Friedreich ataxia
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is a lethal inherited disease caused by GAA trinucleotide repeat expansion mutation within the FXN gene, leading to epigenetic modification of the FXN gene, decreased levels o...
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Developing a Computer Aided Design Interface for Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
The next generation of Additive Manufacturing technologies will utilise the combination of different materials at extremely small scales to produce multi-functional structures. Existing Computer Aided...
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Multivariate flood risk analysis under uncertainty and nonstationarity
Flood risk inference would generally be influenced by a number of factors (e.g. data availability, model selection), which lead to extensive uncertainty in risk inferences. This project aims to develo...
Dr Yurui Fan
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Study of the exosomes: RNA composition of exosomes as potential biomarkers for cancer; Exosomes as a delivery vehicle for therapeutic shRNAs
Exosomes are membrane microvesicles that are secreted by many cell types and the tumour cells are thought to generate a larger number of such vesicles. Exosomes contain a large set of the specific RNA...
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The effect on genome behaviour of growing cells in 3D matricies
There has been a small amount of evidence in the literature that growing cells in 3D scaffolds instead of 2D monolayers alters genome behaviour and organisation such that nuclear structure is altered ...
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Developing a clinical tool to quantitatively assess and monitor upper limb and shoulder function in clinical and home settings
Upper limb and shoulder disorders are poorly defined, diagnosed and rehabilitated. Current management of these disorders is focussed on the prescription of physiotherapeutic treatments, yet the effica...
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Brk and mTOR signalling: implications for Taxol resistance
One of the major causes of death amongst breast cancer patients is due to the development of distal metastases and the acquisition of resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. There is a scientific and c...
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High-Performance Compressed Straw Board (HPCSB): A New Generation of Building Materials
This project aims to introduce a greatly improved, lightweight variant of Compressed Straw Board (CSB) for the construction industry, strong enough to accommodate structural loads both in tension and ...
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Telomere length elongation following treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs.
Aim:  To investigate the mechanisms which leads to telomere length elongation after treatment with tricostatin A and azacytidine. Telomeres are specialised structures, which are present at the ends of...
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Principles of Design for 4D Printing (Df4DP)
The next generation of Additive Manufacturing technologies will utilise the combination of different smart materials with Computer-Aided Design to produce multi-functional structures. The aim of this ...
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Design for meaning
Problem Statement With the increasing availability of affordable products, systems and services the attention of architects and designers is turning more-and-more to the properties of “experience” and...
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Supervisory Control System Using Wireless Network
In this project a supervisory control system will be developed to support Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). WSN are increasingly used in a multitude of applications such as environmental and structural h...
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Synthesis and Modelling of Robust Processes for Desalination of Shale-gas Produced Water
Shale gas extraction via hydraulic fracking is a technique in which gas is extracted from the shale layers of rock under the ground. One of the key challenges associated with fracking, however, is the...
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Neuromorphic-computing models and its applications
Neuromorphic-computing models are the ones that can simulate human brains architecture and connections. It is composed of large numbers of neurons and nonlinear connections. The developed deep neural ...
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Risk analysis based on extreme regression
Extremes may give rise to bigger severity of occurrences than ordinary risks and then turn notably complex. Management of extreme events often faces challenges in the practice of problem solving and d...
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Investigating methods and applications of citation context analysis
Traditionally, scientometric/text-mining approaches have treated the content of scientific articles and their citations as distinct units of analysis. The term “citation context” refers to an approach...
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Investigating the requisites of increasing the reuse of waste electrical and electronic equipment in the UK
Waste minimisation is key to implementing the circular economy. Circular economy is a concept that promotes the efficient use of resources, by retaining them in the economy for as long as possible, th...
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Reliable hydrological prediction under climate change
Climate change due to anthropogenic activity are causing amounts of effect on our planet. One of the major concerns are related to the changes of water resources in future. This project would aim to p...
Dr Yurui Fan
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The Kardashians, race, whiteness and appropriation.
This sociological and/or cultural studies project will examine questions around race, appropriation, 'mixed-race', popular culture, reality television, social media, and imagery. By focusing on the Ka...
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Social work and the government Prevent Agenda
This proposed research project will explore the implications of the Government’s Prevent agenda and the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 for adult safeguarding or child protection. The Act defi...
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Role of CDCA/PP1 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)
Estrogen, progesterone, and HER2 receptor-negative (triple-negative breast cancers TNBC) encompass the most clinically challenging subtype for which targeted therapeutics are lacking.  To identify cri...
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Intelligent Mobile Robotics System
Research on a six legged mobile robotics which is currently used in the research labs. The robot can be equipped with sonar sensors, vision system and communication system. In mobile robot research, t...
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Are retinoid-like chemicals prevalent in the environment and do they pose an ecotoxicological risk?
Retinoids have a significant role in many vital biological processes such as regulation of skin function and neuronal development.  There are over 2,500 retinoid related compounds used in cosmetic pro...
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Developing Squeeze-Film Levitation
Squeeze-film levitation (SFL) is a means of separation and non-contact movement of one surface over another, e.g. conveying and bearings. Consequently, there is no wear, almost no friction (except for...
Prof Mark Atherton
Professor Tadeusz Stolarski
Dr Cris Mares
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Uncovering the challenges and trade-offs of closing the plastic packaging loop
In the UK, the plastics industry places approximately 5 million tonnes of plastics onto the UK market each year, of which approximately 2.2 million tonnes is packaging. Most of the plastic packaging w...
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Disrupting the regulatory mechanisms that allow hospital acquired infections to resist antibiotic therapy.
The discovery of penicillin over 90 years ago and its subsequent uptake by healthcare systems around the world revolutionised global health and wellbeing. It marked the beginning of a golden age in an...
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Designing and engineering new chassis strains of E. coli for synthetic biology
This is an experimental project seeking to engineer new strains of E. coli (the most widely used species for biotechnology applications) which have increased ability to survive and grow in the presenc...
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Developing a clinical tool to quantitatively assess and monitor upper limb and shoulder function in clinical and home settings
Upper limb and shoulder disorders are poorly defined, diagnosed and rehabilitated. Current management of these disorders is focussed on the prescription of physiotherapeutic treatments, yet the effica...
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A study of large amplitude vibration in HAWT blades
Non-prismatic composite beams of standard airfoil cross sections are used in Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine blades to produce green energy. The blades are subjected to static and dynamic service loads d...
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Modelling damage and failure of structural glass panels based on a hybrid plate element
The tensile strength of thin glass panels/plates used in building structures is of great importance due to the designer’s increasing demands for such structures, regarding size, shape and weight of th...
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Modelling and mitigation of early-age cracking in reinforced concrete structures
The project will investigate the potential of modelling the thermal behaviour of concrete structures at early ages due to cement hydration through finite element modelling. Mitigation approaches to co...
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Seeking critical branch points in bacterial evolution with comparative genomics
This is a bioinformatics and comparative genomics-focussed project, seeking to identify the basis of speciation and sub-speciation of bacterial species accounting for the development of individual and...
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The use of a principle-based approach to rule making in consumer law
Consumer law is based on prescriptive standards that have pushed firms to ignore consumer needs to the benefit of a compliance box ticking exercise. The project seeks to unpick how best to change the ...
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Design fictions
Problem Statement With the dramatically increasing rate of technological and societal change it is becoming more-and-more difficult to estimate future trends and to design complex systems which take m...
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The functional neuroanatomical correlates of multitasking
Multitasking refers to doing two tasks at the same time, which usually results in severe performance decrements. In our research we aim to find out why these performance decrements occur and how they ...
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Optimisation methods for (deep) neural networks
A machine learning algorithm can be viewed as a mapping between inputs and outputs, with the scope of optimising and tuning the parameters that describe it so that the performance is improved. The los...
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SPH/FEM coupling for transient analysis
We are seeking a PhD student with appropriate background to work on the development of methods for the coupling of total Lagrangian SPH (Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics) methods to FEM (Finite Element M...
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Differential expression patterns associated with the development of systemic sclerosis
Systemic sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune rheumatic disease, characterised by excessive scarring and fibrosis which causes thickening and tightening of the connective tissues of the skin and damage t...
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Managing collaborative logistics
Logistics and transportation are important part in supply chain management. Collaboration among different organizations involved in logistics and transportation is the key to achieve the economies of ...
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The impact of chromosomal rearrangements on the genome organisation of leukaemia cells.
Chromosomal rearrangements are a hallmark of leukaemia. It is well known that specific chromosomal rearrangements are associated with certain leukaemia subtypes and that can predict clinical outcome. ...
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Budding yeast as a model for sudden cardiac death
Sudden unexpected cardiac death is responsible for about half of all heart disease deaths. It is an unexpected death caused by a change in heart rhythm. The underlying mechanisms are still not fully u...
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Constructing a stable world: how the brain uses gaze direction to disambiguate sensory information
When objects move in the real world, they create a wave of activity across the retina representing that movement. But the same effect could be achieved by moving our eyes across a static object. The b...
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Deep Learning for Video Compression
This project will firstly examine and analyse deep learning techniques particularly in the context of their applicability to ultra high resolution (4K/8K) image/video compression. The project will loo...
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Integrated Air Quality Pollution Control Cooling System
India is amongst array of developing countries with one of the worse air pollutions problems in the world. “The Times of India, 14 Feb 2017” reported 1.1 Million deaths in 2015 initiated from small pa...
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Mitigation against stray current induced corrosion in reinforced concrete
Railway stray current induced corrosion will become more prominent in the UK alongside the development of high-speed rails. This project will look into the provisions to mitigate railway stray current...
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Inducing the reversal of cellular ageing in model cell systems
As normal cells age they can only go through a finite number of cell divisions. Once they have achieved this they become irreversibly growth arrested known as replicative senescence. The transcriptome...
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Behaviour change interventions to improve population health and well-being
Unhealthy lifestyles, such as smoking and physical inactivity, leads to conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases, reducing health, quality of life, and burdens our society. Behaviours are...
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Concrete 3D printing
The four key characteristics of the fresh concrete relevant to 3D printing are: (1) Pumpability: the ease and reliability with which material is moved through the delivery system; (2) Printability: th...
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Investigating Therapeutic Effect of Different Antioxidants in Friedreich’s Ataxia (FRDA)
Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by epigenetic silencing of the frataxin gene. It is the most common inherited ataxia, affecting 1:50,000 Caucasians, and is...
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Radiation risks to patients treated with Radium-223
Bone related cancers are common and represent a wide spectrum of malignant disease. Radium-223 (223Ra) is a form of ionising radiation which selectively targets to bone-cancer sites where it very effe...
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Regulation of Brk/PTK6 Expression in Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Brk/PTK6 is an intracellular tyrosine kinase whose expression is up-regulated in many breast cancers and high expression has been linked to higher tumour grade. It has been shown to potentiate EGF, IG...
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Modelling the t(6:9) translocation and MYB-NFIB gene fusion using the Crispr/Cas9 technology: implications for adenoid cystic carcinoma.
Recent advances in genomic technologies have revealed frequent MYB rearrangements in human malignancies. MYB, MYBL1 and MYBL2 belong to a small gene family encoding transcription factors whose role in...
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Comparative studies and benchmarking machine learning algorithms
Machine learning algorithms are employed in a myriad of applications in almost any domain, being it industrial, commercial, scientific or academic. Many techniques have been developed to tackle such a...
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Neural basis of perceptual expertise in sport
Functional neuroimaging studies in our laboratory have, over the last decade, identified neural correlates of perceptual expertise in sports including tennis, badminton, football and hockey. They have...
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Naturalness of autonomous vehicles
Problem Statement Naturalness and simplicity are well known prerequisites of success in product, system and service design. Autonomous vehicles have, however, few precedents in human history and are t...
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CCTV surveillance and narrative in the smart city
This project looks at the proposals for and practice of ubiquitous CCTV coverage in urban areas. It might understand these practices as amounting to a kind of documentary film studio. The project woul...
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Micromechanics of high-rate loaded composite media
In a composite ply the nature of wave propagation is closely associated with the alignment of fibres (for the unidirectional case) and warp and weft arrangements (for the woven case) among other param...
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Machine learning for biometric identification
Biometric identification aims to recognize people's identity through the use of signals or images from which one can extract features that are distinctive to each person. This PhD project will focus o...
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Investigating the effects of surfactant proteins in ovarian cancer progression
Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in in women; every year 7,000 women are diagnosed in UK. It is the second most common occurring in the reproductive tract and the fifth overall...
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Ageing-related pre-mRNA splicing of LMNA gene
The aim is to investigate the molecular mechanism of the pre-mRNA splicing event which outcome could then be modulated to slow the ageing process. Precursor messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing is a cell...
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Investigating the function of common genetic variants that increase colorectal cancer risk.
Over 1 in 20 people in the UK will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) during their lifetime. Much of this risk is genetically inherited with estimates ranging from 12 to 40%. Known cancer syndr...
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Geometric deep learning
Deep learning has had tremendous success in a variety of applications. Nevertheless, many data don’t follow a euclidean underlying structure: for example social networks, sensor networks, types of bra...
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Multi-fidelity Modelling of Electronics Cooling
Electronics cooling is critical to the reliable performance of a vast array of todays technologies including datacentres, electric vehicles, avionics, telecommunictions to name only a few. Pertinent t...
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