• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Are you interested in researching within a multidisciplinary project to develop a novel polymer waveguide biosensor capable of single biomolecule detection for very early, rapid and low cost detection of pathogens behind COVID19, Avian Influenza and many other illnesses? Aston Institute of Photonics is hiring!

    There is a potential EPS studentship for the project "BIOAI– a state of art BIOsensor from a novel photonic polymer transducer for a low cost rapid field deployable diagnostic instrument capable of Avian Influenza detection."

    In collaboration with colleagues in EBRI (Dr Fernández-Castané), EPS (Dr Thatapudi) and leading academic and industrial collaborators outside of Aston you would use a novel detection scheme that will actually capitalize on the high thermal sensitivity of polymers to eliminate for the first time all of the inherent low-frequency related noise and drift issues in a polymer waveguide-based biosensor. In doing so it will be beyond state of the art in:
    (1) Polymer photonic biosensing - in limit of detection (LoD) and selectivity.
    (2) Photonic biosensing – in rapid, sensitive and selective detection from small sample volumes at low cost.
    (3) Point of Care (PoC) Immunodetection – its six unique selling points will be equal or better than the state of art in PoC immunodetection, where detection of small number of pathogens (bacteria and viruses) normally requires slow incubation processes, providing an alternative to the Gold Standards of immunochemistry or PCR

    Please contact me before 23rd February 2024.

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