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Structural Biophysics (PhD/MPhil)


Suitable for:

Graduates in biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, optometry, mathematics or any relevant scientific discipline.

Programme Aims:

To offer knowledge and expertise for post doctoral/lectureship positions in biology, biophysics, biochemistry, computing and vision science, and also for research positions in industry and the Health Service, scientific informatics, science writing.

Programme Description:

Research Areas:
  • Understanding corneal transparency and the structural causes of its loss
  • The role of proteoglycans in the development of corneal transparency
  • The ultrastructure of the cornea and limbus in relation to corneal shape and function
  • Extraocular muscles
  • Ultrastructural changes in pathological corneas
  • Ageing and glycation in ocular tissues
  • Structure, transparency and ageing of the lens
  • The effect of ambient ions on corneal stromal structure and transparency
  • Wound healing following ocular surgery
  • Collagen and fibrillin in ocular tissues
  • Structure function relationships in zonular filaments

Special Features:

  • International centre of excellence for structural and biophysical studies of the cornea and lens, and their components including collagen and fibrillin
  • Responsible for a number of discoveries that have had an impact in both the scientific and the lay communities, receiving press and TV coverage
  • Supported by grants from the MRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society and several other industrial and charitable sources

Year of Entry: 2010

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