1. PhD on Optical Coherence Tomography of the Eye in Low Resource Settings, University of Kent

    PhD on Optical Coherence Tomography of the Eye in Low Resource Settings, University of Kent

    Scholarship value:

    Tuition fees and stipend at the standard Research Council rate (Home rate only: £4,596 (fees) and £17,668 (stipend).

     

    Deadline:

    Applications must be received by Monday 10 October 2022, 23.59 BST

     

    Criteria:

    Open to Home students only. To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the RCUK residency criteria, see appendix B .

    The applicant must have a good background in theoretical and experimental optics and expected to have graduated Physics (Optics) or Electrical and Electronic Engineering. We are looking for a highly imaginative and self-motivated individual with expertise in optics, digital signal processing and programming languages such as LabVIEW, MatLab or C++.

     

    Further details:

    We are recruiting for a fully funded PhD Studentships in Optics/Photonics/Physics for a period of 36 months with a start date in December 2022 within the Applied Optics Group, Division of Natural Sciences, University of Kent. The position is supported by the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre in the University of Kent. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), due to its non invasive and high resolution capabilities of imaging the human retina through an un-dilated eye has evolved into a versatile, highly professional eye diagnostic method. Unfortunately, the high cost of components to assemble a high performance OCT instrument for eye imaging prevented the spread of technology to low resource settings. The PhD project will support research and development of a low cost investigational device for noncommunicable diseases leading to blindness if not diagnosed and treated. These are preventable and lack of essential services primarily affect developing countries where clinics cannot afford current OCT instruments, expensive and bulky. Research will focus on innovative solutions for portable, miniature, low cost imaging systems, that can be used by a non specialist to perform OCT imaging of the eye. The project intends to evaluate several novel avenues opened by recent research in Photonics that will be harnessed to lower significantly the cost of OCT technology. Ideally, the system should be assembled around a low cost camera or a smartphone to enable imaging patients in remote areas of developing countries, or to be used in pop-up eye clinics to screen for retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy. Such a device will generate data that will enable health care providers to supply cost-effective, targeted treatment, not currently possible in low resource setting countries and environments.

     

    Supervisors:

    University of Kent: Professor of Biomedical Optics, Adrian Podoleanu and Dr Adrian Bradu

    Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre for Ophthalmology,

    UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital: Collaborating supervisor, MD FRCOphth, Ranjan Rajendram

     

    How to apply:

    https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FN26GCDCOC01

     

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