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 up to eight fully-funded PhD studentships to commence in academic year 2017-2018. 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
The Impact of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on HIV Epidemic Control in Sub-Saharan Africa Dr Rachel Tolhurst, Dr Miriam Taegtmeyer, Dr Gabriela Gomes International public health MRC/DTP 3 January 2017
Uptake of WHO Guidelines at Country Level Professor Paul Garner Clinical sciences MRC/DTP 3 January 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