PhD opportunities

This is a list of all the current research degree opportunities

MRC/DTP

This programme is jointly launched by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Lancaster University (LU) and offers fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in academic year 2017-2018. Three of the studentships are industry-linked whilst five are for African clinicians and scientists to do applied lung health and TB research projects within the Research on Lung Health and Tuberculosis in Africa (RESULTS-Africa) programme. More information on this programme can be found here.

Self funded
Self-funded PhD projects are always available within our research groups and divisions. Some of the projects below are examples of self funding opportunities for study. For more information on applying for research degrees click here.

PhD opportunities

Project Title Primary Supervisor Research department Application type Closing date
Evaluating micro-grid and off-grid energy interventions in Malawi Professor Stephen Gordon Clinical sciences RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
MRC CASE Studentship: Rapid, automated insecticide resistance detection in mosquito larvae Dr Gareth J. Lycett Vector biology 23 June 2017
Post-Tuberculosis Bronchiectasis Dr. Brian Allwood Department: Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine. Stellenbosch University, Cape Town RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Determinants and effective measurement of catastrophic expenditures among patients with chronic lung disease and tuberculosis Professor Louis Niessen Clinical sciences RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Improving referral uptake and tracking for lung disease and TB Dr Miriam Taegtmeyer International public health RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Post-Tuberculosis Infectious Complications Dr Brian Allwood Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine. Stellenbosch University, Cape Town RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Economic evaluation of health system, community-level, and patient-related interventions among patients with chronic lung disease and tuberculosis Professor Louis Niessen Clinical sciences RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Non-Tobacco Associated Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Africa: characterization, treatment and community care. Professor Bertie Squire Clinical sciences RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Post-Tuberculosis Vascular Complications Dr. Brian Allwood Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Predictors of smoking risk and development and feasibility testing of a smoking cessation intervention among African Adolescents. Dr Angela Obasi, Dr Kevin Mortimer International public health RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
How to cure river blindness? Evaluating impact, acceptability and feasibility of a short course test-and-treat cure for onchocerciasis Professor Mark Taylor Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Tetracyclines as anti-morbidity drugs for lymphatic filariasis Dr Joseph Turner Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
An assessment of the use of Virtual Implementation using Operational Modelling in Knowledge Transfer for Policy and Practice impact Professor Bertie Squire Clinical sciences RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Quality of life among people with chronic lung disease in LMICs Dr Rachel Tolhurst International public health RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Integrated health package for chronic respiratory diseases in LMICs Dr Kevin Mortimer Clinical sciences RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Designing multimeric IgG-based therapeutics targeting drug-resistant Clostridium difficile and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Professor Richard J. Pleass Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Social and environmental determinants of leptospirosis transmission in informal settlements. Professor Peter Diggle Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University MRC Industry-linked 24 June 2017
Modelling to support best-practice deployment of public health insecticides. Dr Ian Hastings Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Tools to scale up xenomonitoring for surveillance of vector-borne diseases Dr Lisa Reimer Vector biology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
The malaria transmission potential of insecticide resistant mosquitoes Dr Lisa Reimer Vector biology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
The importance of microbial colonisation in chronic lung disease caused by tuberculosis: how does it predict the need for acute medical treatment, and how could antibacterial approaches be rationalised? Dr Jamie Rylance Clinical sciences MRC / RESULTS 23 June 2017
Thoracic Ultrasound in Acute Medical Care – an implementation study of applicability, utility and impact Dr Jamie Rylance Clinical sciences RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Harnessing functional genomics for improved insecticide screening and design Professor Martin James Donnelly Vector biology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Drug discovery from Environmental Bacteria Dr Adam Roberts Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Antibiotic repositioning due to fitness effects of resistance emergence. Dr Adam Roberts Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Virulence, colonisation and antimicrobial resistance potential of a cohort of nasopharyngeal, commensal Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from humans. Dr Adam Roberts Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Optimising antibiotic treatment regimens by understanding epistasis of multidrug resistance. Dr Adam Roberts Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
How do insects that transmit tropical diseases metabolise and resist insecticides? Dr Mark Paine Vector biology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Identification of novel drug targets by modelling regulation of the Trypanosoma brucei cell cycle Frank Dondelinger & Michael Urbaniak Lancaster Medical School & Biomedical and Life Sciences MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Role of antennal P450s in mosquito mating and insecticide resistance Dr Gareth J. Lycett Vector biology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Species specific insecticide development Dr Gareth J. Lycett Vector biology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Target Identification of the AWOL based Macrofilaricide Drug Candidate AWZ1066 Professor Stephen Ward Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Design and evaluation of diagnostics for emerging infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance Dr Emily Adams Parasitology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Infectious diseases co-occurrence and co-infection: effects on epidemic dynamics. Professor Stephen Torr Vector biology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Community perceptions and priorities for tackling lung health and air pollution: the potential role of participatory approaches Dr Rachel Tolhurst, Dr Kevin Mortimer International public health RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
A clean air intervention for settings in Africa where exposure to household air pollution is high Dr Kevin Mortimer Clinical sciences RESULTS Africa 23 June 2017
Pure and applied plasmid dynamics of extended spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL) producing bacteria. Dr Nicholas Feasey Clinical sciences MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Investigating transfluthrin metabolism in mosquitoes . Dr Mark Paine Vector biology MRC Industry-linked 23 June 2017
Evidence Synthesis in Animal Studies Testing Candidate Drugs or Vaccines in Infectious Diseases Professor Paul Garner Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Wellbeing and catastrophic health expenditure in rural Bangladesh Professor Louis Niessen, Dr Jahangir Khan Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
GM Mosquitoes as Screening Tools Dr Gareth J. Lycett, Professor Hilary Ranson Vector biology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Diagnostics and epidemiological patterns of Flaviviruses in the Americas, including Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue Dr Emily Adams, Professor Luis Cuevas Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Diagnostics for Leishmaniasis in elimination settings Dr Emily Adams Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Modulation of the intestinal microbiome to reduce neonatal mortality in low resource settings Professor Stephen Allen Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Molecular and Phenotypic Monitoring of Anthelmintic Drug Resistance in Human Helminthiases Dr James LaCourse, Professor Russell Stothard Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Developing a health workforce fit for purpose and practice in fragile and conflict affected settings Mr Tim Martineau, Dr Joanna Raven International public health MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Understanding the Pharmacodynamics of Intracellular Pathogens for the development of novel therapeutics Professor Giancarlo Biagini Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Establishing portable measures of vaccine efficacy Dr Gabriela Gomes Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Pharmacological modelling to improve malaria treatment and control Dr Ian Hastings Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Micro-Level Spatial Epidemiology of Neglected Tropical Diseases Professor Russell Stothard, Dr Michelle Stanton, Professor Stephen Torr Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
A rational insecticide resistance management strategy for new public health insecticides Professor Hilary Ranson Vector biology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Detecting foci of human African trypanosomiasis: development and application of novel molecular tools to quantify the transmission of trypanosomes Professor Stephen Torr, Dr Emily Adams Vector biology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Toxin-specific serotherapy – an alternative to antibiotic treatment for the management of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. Dr Nicholas Casewell, Dr Robert Harrison Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Developing Next Generation drugs for systemic snake envenoming using epitope-string derived humanised monoclonal antibodies Dr Nicholas Casewell, Dr Robert Harrison Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2016
Cell cycle control in Trypanosoma brucei Frank Dondelinger University of Lancaster MRC/DTP 3 January 2016
Identifying novel pneumonia vaccine candidates using a high-throughput screen Dr Daniela Ferreira, Dr Britta Urban Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 2016
Can a nasal vaccine protect the elderly against pneumonia? Dr Daniela Ferreira, Dr Simon Jochems Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 2016
The nasal microbiome, a barrier to a good vaccine? Dr Daniela Ferreira Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 2016
New vaccines for pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa Dr Jamie Rylance, Dr Daniela Ferreira Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 2016
Flight behaviour of Leishmania infected sand flies and consequences for vector surveillance. Luigi Sedda Vector biology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Translating guidelines into practice: operationalising early initiation of ART (II) Professor Paul Garner Clinical sciences Self-funded
Translating guidelines into practice: operationalising early initiation of ART (I) Professor Paul Garner Clinical sciences Self-funded
Household Air Pollution in Malawi. Dr Kevin Mortimer Clinical sciences Self-funded
Development of xenomonitoring tools for post-MDA surveillance of lymphatic filariasis Dr Lisa Reimer Parasitology Self-funded
The causes and consequences of heterogeneity in vector-borne disease exposure Dr Lisa Reimer Parasitology Self-funded
Mathematical studies of lymphatic filariasis elimination Dr Gabriela Gomes Parasitology Self-funded
Understanding and improving how to compare multiple classification maps of coverage indicators measuring health-related events in the developing world. Dr Caroline Jeffery International public health Self-funded
Combining discrete event, health economic, and transmission modelling to inform and refine target product profiles of new diagnostics or drugs for TB. Professor Bertie Squire Clinical sciences Self-funded
Unintended consequences of introducing household HIV self-testing (HIVST) in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia: is there potential for harm to children and vulnerable adults? Dr Miriam Taegtmeyer International public health Self-funded
Improving access to care for non-communicable lung disease in hard to reach populations in the UK and Malawi. Dr Kevin Mortimer Clinical sciences Self-funded
Understanding how medical protocols can be better translated into field settings so as to improve the quality of care for maternal, newborn, child, and reproductive health Professor Joseph Valadez International public health Self-funded
Reducing mortality in HIV-infection in Africa through implementation of screening and treatment strategies for major co-infections. Professor Shabbar Jaffar International public health Self-funded
Multidisciplinary studies on female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) Professor Russell Stothard Parasitology Self-funded
Impact of schistosomiasis and giardiasis on intestinal health: From markers of disease towards improving child health Professor Russell Stothard Parasitology Self-funded
Design and evaluation of molecular diagnostic tools for the detection of antimicrobial resistance Dr Emily Adams Parasitology Self-funded
New bioinformatics tools for therapeutic discovery Dr Simon Wagstaff Parasitology Self-funded
Design and analysis of translational research using propensity score approach Professor Duolao Wang Clinical sciences Self-funded
How to cure river blindness? - evaluating impact, acceptability and feasibility of a short course test-and-treat cure for onchocerciasis Dr Joseph Turner Parasitology MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Replacing the Skin Snip: validation of biomarkers for living Onchocerca volvulus (LOv) and evaluating new tests for test-and-treatment of onchocerciasis Professor Mark Taylor Parasitology Self-funded
Acquiring and leveraging task data to support safety and efficiency in hospitals in low-income settings. Dr John Blakey Clinical sciences Self-funded
Evaluation of novel TB diagnostics in children Professor Luis Cuevas Clinical sciences Self-funded
Resistance to repurposed agricultural insecticides in malaria mosquitoes Dr David Weetman Vector biology Self-funded
Development of High throughput functional genetic screens in mosquitoes. Dr Gareth J. Lycett Parasitology Self-funded
Tetracycline derivatives as improved anti-morbidity drugs for lymphatic filariasis Dr Joseph Turner Parasitology MRC/DTP
Using High-content imaging of intracellular Salmonella to inform PK-PD modelling for Optimal Dosing and Prevention of Resistance Emergence Professor Giancarlo Biagini Parasitology Self-funded
The contribution of close-to-community providers to mitigating the impact of intimate partner violence on loss to follow- up across the HIV cascade in either in high density urban areas in Nairobi or in rural areas of South Africa. Dr Rachel Tolhurst International public health Self-funded
Determining the baseline contribution of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) to poor uptake of the HIV service cascade in Kenya (or South Africa) Dr Miriam Taegtmeyer International public health Self-funded
Genomics and transcriptomics of insecticide resistance in Anopheles gambiae Professor Martin James Donnelly Vector biology Self-funded
Hotspots of malaria transmission in southern Malawi Professor Martin James Donnelly Vector biology Self-funded
Effectiveness, safety, and programme implementation of cash transfer to reduce sexual and reproductive harm and school drop-out in adolescent schoolgirls in western Kenya Dr Penny Phillips-Howard Clinical sciences Self-funded
Effectiveness of menstrual cups to reduce sexual and reproductive health harms among secondary schoolgirls in rural western Kenya Dr Penny Phillips-Howard Clinical sciences Self-funded
To describe healthcare seeking behaviour and its impact on out-of-pocket health expenditure and wellbeing of rural people in Bangladesh – existing situation and impact of health care provision. Professor Louis Niessen International public health Self-funded
Development of general wellbeing scale – applied among tuberculosis patients in rural Malawi Professor Louis Niessen International public health MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Developing an affordable pan-African snake venom diagnostic kit to improve clinical management. Dr Robert Harrison Parasitology Self-funded
Development, for the first time, of a drug to treat snakebite-induced local tissue necrosis. Dr Robert Harrison Parasitology Self-funded
Nutritional susceptibility to pneumococcus during Experimental Human Pneumococcal carriage Dr Daniela Ferreira Clinical sciences Self-funded
Understanding the clinical significance of the interaction between IgE and alpha-­‐1-­‐antitrypsin in asthma, emphesema and protection from helminth parasite proteases. Professor Richard J. Pleass Parasitology Self-funded
Testing the therapeutic potential of IgM monoclonal antibodies in neurodegenerative disease. Professor Richard J. Pleass Parasitology Self-funded
Immunoglobulin M (IgM): restrainer of inflammation and mediator of immune evasion by Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Professor Richard J. Pleass Parasitology Self-funded
Multimeric Fc-­‐Adhirons: a novel approach to combat antibiotic resistant Pneumococcal disease, including meningitis. Professor Richard J. Pleass Parasitology Self-funded
Next generation drugs for the treatment of growth factor mediated diseases, including river blindness, macular degeneration and cancer Professor Richard J. Pleass Parasitology Self-funded, SwB
Fc-fusion based vaccines for Ebola, malaria, TB and cancer Professor Richard J. Pleass Parasitology Self-funded, SwB
Inflammatory and microbiological response to nasal pneumococcal challenge in individuals with asthma Dr Daniela Ferreira Clinical sciences Self-funded, SwB
Tsetse-trypanosomes molecular interactions Dr Alvaro Acosta Serrano Parasitology Self-funded, SwB
Multimeric Fc-fusion proteins: novel approaches to controlling the major diseases for which no vaccines or drugs are available. Professor Richard J. Pleass Parasitology Self-funded, SwB
Diagnostics for Leishmaniasis in elimination settings Dr Emily Adams Parasitology Self-funded, SwB
Vector competence and resilience to control. Dr Lisa Reimer Vector biology Self-funded
Malaria and TB systems pharmacology Professor Giancarlo Biagini Parasitology Self-funded, SwB
Use of propensity scores for health research and evaluation Professor Duolao Wang Clinical sciences Self-funded, SwB
Bayesian model averaging approach to prognostic models Professor Duolao Wang Clinical sciences Self-funded, SwB
Environmental epidemiology of intestinal schistosomiasis in Brazil: developing better tools for transmission surveillance and new indices of contamination. Professor Russell Stothard Parasitology Self-funded, SwB
Molecular monitoring of anthelmintic drug resistance in soil-transmitted helminths Dr James LaCourse Parasitology Self-funded, SwB
Next generation genome engineering of Anopheles mosquitoes. Dr Gareth J. Lycett Vector biology Self-funded, SwB
Mucosal responses to experimental human pneumococcal carriage. Dr Daniela Ferreira Clinical sciences Self-funded
Exploring the pyrethrome to provide a new perspective on insecticide resistance. Dr Mark Paine Vector biology Self-funded