PhD projects available


Follow this link to find out  about  PhD Research Studentships available in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology (you will be re-directed to the College website)

Available project titles. For more information, follow the link.

  Self-funded Projects

Project 1: Pulmonary Sequelae of Preterm Birth: Time Course of Recovery. More...  Supervisor: Dr Caroline Beardsmore, Dr Erol Gaillard and Dr Elaine Boyle (Department of Health Sciences)

Project 2: The role of peptidoglycan remodelling in Listeria monocytogenes persistence. More... Supervisor: Dr Galina Mukamolova and Professor Peter Andrew

Project 3: Nutritional virulence: how is the metabolism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis adapted to the pathogenic lifestyle? More... Supervisor: Dr Helen O'Hare

Project 4: Effects of bitter taste receptors on airway smooth muscle cell function. More... Supervisor: Dr Yassine Amrani

Project 5: Microparticles as biomarkers of early changes leading to cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease. More... Supervisor: Dr Alan Bevington, Dr James Burton, Dr Karl Herbert (Cardiovascuar Sciences)

Project 6: The mechanism and intervention of renal injury. More... Supervisor: Dr Bin Yang and Professor Nigel Brunskill

Project 7: Are stem cells responsible for human airway wall modelling during lung development and remodelling in asthma? More... Supervisor: Dr Hitesh Pandya

Project 8: Understanding the pathogenic link between mucosal infection and IgA nephrothapy. More... Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Barratt

Project 9: Assessment of the therapeutic benefits of inhibiting lectin pathway functional activity in models of renal transplantation. More... Supervisor: Professor Wilhelm Schwaeble and Professor Michael Nicholson

Project 10: Mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of C-peptide on kidney structure and function in models of diabetic nephropathy. More... Supervisor: Professor Nigel Brunskill and Dr Alan Bevington

Project 11: Effect of fungal colonisation on epithelial function in asthma. More... Supervisor: Professor Andy Wardlaw, Professor Chris Brightling and Professor Chris O'Callaghan

Project 12: The effect of resistance training and acidosis correction on anabolic signals in skeletal muscle in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). More... Supervisor: Dr Alan Bevington

Project 13: Studies of Children’s Medicines and Drugs. More... Supervisor: Dr Hitesh Pandya

Project 14: Why does infection with respiratory viruses predispose to severe pneumococcal pneumonia? More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew, Professor Chris O'Callaghan and Professor Andrew Easton (University of Warwick)

Project 15: The roles of virulence proteins in infectious diseases due to Streptococcus pneumoniae. More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew

Project 16: The genes that determine of susceptibility to pneumonia. More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew

Project 17: Characterisation of the interactions of the Streptococcus pneumoniae toxin, pneumolysin, with soluble molecules of the immune system. More... Supervisor: Professor Russell Wallis and Professor Peter Andrew

Project 18: Biofim formation by the foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes. More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew

Project 19: Structural characterization of initiating components of the innate immune system. More... Supervisor: Professor Russell Wallis

Project 20: Identification of host receptors for bacteriophages which infect Clostridium difficile. More... Supervisor: Professor Martha Clokie and Professor Russell Wallis

Project 21: PCR and Next-Generation Sequencing Techniques to Identify Respiratory Pathogens in the Sputum of Children and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Non Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis. More... Supervisor: Dr Erol Gaillard

Project 22: Multi-breath Nitrogen Washout in Children: How does the breathing pattern impact on the measurements? More... Supervisor: Dr Caroline Beardsmore


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Contact Details

Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation,
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 9HN, UK 

General enquiries to:
Alison Brown

T:+44 (0)116 252 2951
F:+44 (0)116 252 5030

Postgraduate enquiries to: 
Susan Kapadia (PhD)

Anna Boyce (MSc)

Erasmus and Study Abroad Co-ordinator:

Professor Peter Andrew

T: +44 (0)116 252 2951

Other contact details can be found in People

Head of Department: Professor Andy Wardlaw

Deputy Head of Department: Dr Shaun Heaphy

Respiratory Team Lead: Professor David Cousins

Microbial Sciences Team Lead: TBC

Renal team Lead: Dr Jon Barratt

Interested in applying?

If you are interested in any of these projects or require further information regarding postgraduate opportunities in the department please send an informal enquiry to Dr Caroline Beardsmore.

Please note...

You will need to secure your own funding for these projects UNLESS funding is specified.