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.

Funded studentships

1. The role of Type 2 innate lymphoid cells and CRTh2 in asthma. More...

Application deadline:  30 April 2014
Supervisor/s: Professor David Cousins, Professor Chris Brightling and Dr Yassine Amrani
Funding: MRC-NIHR 3.5 years funded PhD project

2. Contribution of extracellular nucleotides to airway smooth muscle functions in healthy and asthmatic lungs. More...  

Application deadline: 30 April 2014
Supervisor/s: Dr Catherine Vial, Professor Peter Bradding and Professor Andy Wardlaw
Funding: MRC-NIHR 3.5 years funded PhD project

3. Exploring the lung fungal microbiome and prevalence of fungal sensitisation in refractory asthma. More... 

Application deadline: 30 April 2014
Supervisor/s: Dr Catherine Pashley and Professor Andy Wardlaw
Funding: Asthma UK 4 years funded PhD project                                    

  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 biofilm formation in the growth and resistance of microbes in contact lens wearers. More... Supervisor: Dr Simon Kilvington

Project 3: The role of peptidoglycan remodelling in Listeria monocytogenes persistence. More... Supervisor: Dr Galina Mukamolova and Professor Peter Andrew

Project 4: Nutritional virulence: how is the metabolism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis adapted to the pathogenic lifestyle? More... Supervisor: Dr Helen O'Hare

Project 5: Effects of bitter taste receptors on airway smooth muscle cell function. More... Supervisor: Dr Yassine Amrani

Project 6: 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 7: Are stem cells responsible for human airway wall modelling during lung development and remodelling in asthma? More... Supervisor: Dr Hitesh Pandya

Project 8: Klebsiella genomics and pathogenesis. More... Supervisor: Dr Kumar Rajakumar

Project 9: Understanding the pathogenic link between mucosal infection and IgA nephrothapy. More... Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Barratt

Project 10: 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 12: 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 13: Effect of fungal colonisation on epithelial function in asthma. More... Supervisor: Professor Andy Wardlaw, Professor Chris Brightling and Professor Chris O'Callaghan

Project 14: 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 15: The development of improved methods for the identification and isolation of the emerging human pathogenic free-living amoeba Balamuthia mandrillaris. More...  Supervisor: Dr Simon Kilvington

Project 16: Studies of Children’s Medicines and Drugs. More... Supervisor: Dr Hitesh Pandya

Project 17: 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 19: The roles of virulence proteins in infectious diseases due to Streptococcus pneumoniae. More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew

Project 20: The genes that determine of susceptibility to pneumonia. More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew

Project 21: Characterisation of the interactions of the Streptococcus pneumoniae toxin, pneumolysin, with soluble molecules of the immune system. More... Supervisor: Dr Russell Wallis and Professor Peter Andrew

Project 22: Biofim formation by the foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes. More... Supervisor: Professor Peter Andrew

Project 23: Structural characterization of initiating components of the innate immune system. More... Supervisor: Dr Russell Wallis

Project 24: The role of complement activation and signalling through scavenger receptor proteins (Megalin and CD36) in progression of proteinuric Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). More... Supervisor: Dr Alan Bevington and Dr Cordula Stover

Project 25: Identification of host receptors for bacteriophages which infect Clostridium difficile. More... Supervisor: Dr Martha Clokie and Dr Russell Wallis

Project 26: 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 and Dr Kumar Rajakumar

Project 27: Multi-breath Nitrogen Washout in Children: How does the breathing pattern impact on the measurements? More... Supervisor: Dr Caroline Beardsmore


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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 Peter Andrew

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.