Calling Engineers, Physicists, Chemists, and Biologists

PhD Studentship 1 of 2

Therapeutic Microbubbles and Ultrasound Pulse Sequences for
Noninvasive and Localised Drug Delivery

Application deadline: Rolling until 18 December 2017

Start date: January to March 2018
(as soon as possible)
Duration: 3 years PhD

This PhD studentship is jointly funded with an industrial partner to study how to control microbubbles using ultrasound to deliver drugs.

PhD Studentship 2 of 2

Passive Imaging of Acoustic Sources - Novel imaging algorithms for monitoring therapeutic ultrasound

Application deadline: 8 January 2018

Start date: September 2018
Duration: 1 year MRes and 3 years PhD

The aim of the PhD project is to visualise acoustic sources using an array of microphones. Sound is normally difficult to locate, because it spreads in many directions. In this project, the student will be challenged to develop algorithms that can better locate and identify sound using a passive array of microphones. These algorithms should have a dynamic range of applications that span from earthquake detection to therapeutic ultrasound monitoring and control.

We are seeking an applicant who is interested in learning image processing and beam forming algorithms. Preferred candidates should be comfortable with undergraduate-level mathematics and have a basic understanding of physics.

Projects Available

If you have your own funding support or would like to apply to a funding body yourself, contact Dr. James Choi at about which projects are available in the laboratory.

Facilities and Resources

The Laboratory

The laboratory is equipped to run experiments at multiple levels:

  • Physics
  • Phantoms
  • In vitro (cell cultures, ex vivo human skulls)
  • In vivo

We manufacturer or design transducers and microbubbles in-house. Some of the equipment we have include:

  • Transducers: 16 single-element transducers (0.5, 1, 5, and 7.5 MHz), a linear imaging array
  • Multi-element array manufacturing setup
  • Microbubble manufacturing setup
  • Signal generators, power amplifiers, filters, scopes, etc.
  • Microscope
  • Experimental water tanks
  • Basic life sciences equipment
 Focused ultrasound equipment.

Focused ultrasound equipment.

We work closely with Dr. Mengxing Tang's Ultrasound Imaging Group who has built state-of-the-art facilities in ultrasound imaging.

Department Facilities

We also have access to all shared Department facilities including:

  • Histology Room
  • Tissue Culture Room
  • Microscopy Suite (including confocal microscopy) 
  • Electronics Workshop
  • Machine Workshop