Research course

Healthcare Technologies - Diagnostics

Institution
Open University · Department of Life Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our research into diagnostics incorporates analytical sciences with strong applications in the field of biomedical sciences and health. It is our aim through our work, and our extensive network of collaborations with academics in different disciplines, clinicians and industrial partners, to develop technology which has the potential to be of direct benefit to patients; assisting with the detection, monitoring and treatment of disease.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Biomarker identification, focusing on research into the biomarker profiles of disease states and development of methods to improve accurate biomarker detection in complex samples
  • Diagnostics for cancer, focusing on novel technologies for detecting, imaging and targeting of cancer cells
  • Sensor and biosensor development, focusing on the development and refinement of technologies for the rapid and non-invasive diagnosis of disease

Potential research projects

  • Diagnosis of melanoma using mass spectrometry: comparison with sniffer dogs used for cancer detection
  • Development of toxin/drug-specific biosensors using artificial recognition methods
  • Development of novel in-situ diagnostic agents and their application to drug toxicity assays

Current/recent research projects

  • Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry and breath analysis for disease diagnosis and monitoring
  • Is food intolerance a factor causing Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura?
  • Development and analysis of recognition polymers for chemical and biological diagnostic applications
  • Multi-functional labels for parallel analysis and characterisation of carbohydrate biomarkers
  • Analysis and identification of nucleic acids by mass spectrometry

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Biomarker identification, focusing on research into the biomarker profiles of disease states and development of methods to improve accurate biomarker detection in complex samples - Diagnostics for cancer, focusing on novel technologies for detecting, imaging and targeting of cancer cells - Sensor and biosensor development, focusing on the development and refinement of technologies for the rapid and non-invasive diagnosis of disease.

Fees and funding

For detailed information on current fees visit: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
48 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
science-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036