Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

Queen Mary has an active and expanding group of PhD students working in the area of organ-chip technology and other predictive in vitro models. In 2020 we received internal funding to establish a Queen Mary mini Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) as a stepping stone to larger external funding for PhD cohort training. The mini CDT entitled 'Predictive in vitro Models for Medical Innovation & Research (PreMMIR)' is focused on the use of multidisciplinary engineering approaches to develop models which can evaluate either the safety and efficacy of medical devices and drugs, or explore health, disease, ageing or injury in human organs.

Queen Mary's Centre for Predictive in vitro Models (CPM) supports PhD training, with multidisciplinary research expertise and bespoke training and networking events. PhD projects include those working on the the bioengineering aspects of model development and use (biomaterials, biomechanics, design, micro-manufacture, sensors, microfluidics, instrumentation, AI and modelling), in addition to use of the models for studying the physiology and pathology of different tissues and organs, and for testing new therapeutics and other compounds.

We are actively training PhD student cohorts in the necessary cross-discipline technical skills to successfully work in predictive in vitro models, but also offering training in the broad transferable skills required for effective multidisciplinary research and the industrial and legislative framework into which new predictive bioengineering technology must function.

We have exciting opportunities for partners from industry and other stakeholders to collaborate on both PhD training and research.

Please contact Dr Thomas Iskratsch for further information on how to get involved as an industrial partner»