PhDs available for an international project

PhD Projects

The ABI has recently received a grant from MBIE to build computational physiological models of the human body into clinical workflows for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of medical conditions – both within a clinical setting and as part of home-based healthcare procedures which make use of wearable or implantable devices. This work is building on decades of research in multiscale biophysical modelling, instrumentation development and experimental measurements by the ABI and its international collaborators.

We have PhD projects available for the right candidates, working on an exciting new international collaborative project, led by Distinguished Professor Peter Hunter.

A framework for personalised Physiome modelling

We are developing the tools and databases needed to combine and link models across spatial and temporal scales.

Contact: David Nickerson  

A Physiome modelling platform for precision medicine

We are developing the workflows and databases needed to implement personalised Physiome models in a clinical setting.

Contact: Prasad Babarenda Gamage

Continuous monitoring using Physiome workflows

We are developing an interface between personalised Physiome models and wearable, implanted and home-based devices that can provide a continuous flow of data to update an individual’s personalised model for diagnostic monitoring and predicting therapeutic outcomes.

Contact: Robert Gallichan

Finding new diagnostic methods and treatments for pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is a severe progressive disease that eventually leads to heart failure. Help us find new ways of treating and diagnosing the condition by integrating the ABI’s internationally renowned cardiac and respiratory systems computational modelling with clinical imaging, and wearable devices.

Contact: Prashanna Khwaounjoo

Personalised rehabilitation of upper limb disorders

Based on our neuro-musculoskeletal system work that is closely linked with the ICON project co-funded by the German Government.

Contact: Thor Besier

Control of smooth muscle organ function by the autonomic nervous system

Smooth muscle organs include the gastrointestinal system, the uterus and the bladder. We are using a combination of computational modelling, data analysis and experimentation to understand more about how these organs function in health and disease, and how they are influenced by the autonomic nervous system. 

Contact: Alys Clark

Desired skills

Most projects will involve some combination of mathematical modelling, instrumentation development and experimental measurements (preclinical animal work and/or clinical observations). All of these projects will contribute to and use common computational infrastructure for multiscale modelling and for the incorporation of these models into clinical workflows, following best practices in software development and data management and open science.

Closing date

30th December 2022