MRes Bioengineering students work on their research project throughout the year.   You can apply for one of the projects listed below, or contact your preferred supervisor to discuss a different project

You must name at least one project or potential supervisor in your personal statement when you apply.

Applications will be considered in three rounds. We encourage you to apply in Round 1 for the best chance to be considered for your preferred project. If you apply in a later round, please consider including a second or third choice project in your application, as some projects may already have been allocated.

Visit our How do I apply? page for full instructions and deadlines.

Projects available for 2023-24

Please note that this list is being updated and more projects will be added soon.

SupervisorTitleTypeTheme

Darryl Overby & Simon Schultz

Brain-on-Chip: A Novel Explant Perfusion Model for ex vivo Study of Brain Tissue Function Lab-based Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging

David Labonte

We do research on a range of topics in animal biomechanics and evolutionary robotics. Both lab and desk-based experiments are available. Get in touch if you have knowledge in mechanical or electrical engineering, or in biomechanics, or in computer science. Evolutionary Biomechanics Group – Science at the intersection between physics and biology Both Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Computational & theoretical modelling, Neurotechnology & robotics

David Labonte

Markerless pose estimation to study the locomotion of load-carrying leaf cutter ants Lab based Biomechanics & mechanobiology

David Labonte

Design of an Actively Powered Omni Directional Insect Treadmill

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Computational & theoretical modelling

David Labonte

Markerless pose-estimation to study the effects of leg loss on insect locomotion

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Computational & theoretical modelling

David Labonte

AntGate: a colony door which selects for ant size

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Computational & theoretical modelling, Neurotechnology & robotics

David Labonte

The mechanical efficiency of herbivory

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology

David Labonte

3D shape analysis via flow fields

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Computational & theoretical modelling

David Labonte

Going out on a limb: How do insects actively lose their limbs

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Computational & theoretical modelling

Holger Krapp & Huai-Ti Lin

Neural mechanisms of integrated visual information in dragonfly  Lab-based  Computational & theoretical modelling, Neurotechnology & robotics 

Joseph van Batenburg-Sherwood

Designing microfluidic systems for characterisation of blood mechanical properties

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Medical devices

Joseph van Batenburg-Sherwood

Experimentally investigating the interactions between red blood cells and endothelial cells in disease

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology

Joseph van Batenburg-Sherwood

A new approach to active on-chip microfluidic pressure measurement

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging

Joseph van Batenburg-Sherwood

Microfluidic systems for high-throughput screening of therapeutic drugs

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Medical devices

Julien Vermot Identification of mechanosensitive proteins in the developing heart Lab based Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Molecular & cellular bioengineering
Julien Vermot Four dimensional modelling and segmentation of the trabeculations of the embryonic zebrafish heart Lab based Biomechanics & mechanobiology
Julien Vermot Lowering costs of super-resolution imaging by developing expansion microscopy. NB applicants should have experience in optical microscopy & sample preparation Lab based Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Molecular & cellular bioengineering, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Regenerative medicine & biomaterials
Julien Vermot Machine learning for 3D segmentation of large datasets to detect normal and pathological hearts Desk based Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging
Julien Vermot Mechanism of left-right symmetry breaking of the body axis: a fluid mechanics perspective Lab based Regenerative medicine & biomaterials
Julien Vermot Scaling up expansion microscopy pipelines for tissue diagnostics Lab based Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Molecular & cellular bioengineering, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Regenerative medicine & biomaterials
Julien Vermot, Chiu Fan Lee Modelling cell shape changes in complex morphogenetic processes. NB applicants should have experience in mathematical modelling and basics in image processing Desk based Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Molecular & cellular bioengineering, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Regenerative medicine & biomaterials
Majid Taghavi Multimodal haptic device Lab-based Neurotechnology & robotics
Majid Taghavi  Interactive robotic skin  Lab-based Neurotechnology & robotics 
Majid Taghavi  Soft-rigid hybrid robotic material Lab-based Neurotechnology & robotics
Majid Taghavi Variable stiffness soft robotic material Lab-based Neurotechnology & robotics, Medical Devices

Mengxing Tang

Tissue motion correction for Super-Resolution Ultrasound microvascular imaging

Desk based

Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Computational & theoretical modelling

Mengxing Tang

Improvement of 4D ultrasound imaging with a Matrix transducer Array

Lab based

Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging

Molly Stevens

Scaffolds for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering

Lab based

Regenerative medicine & biomaterials

Molly Stevens

Designing materials for ultrasensitive biosensing

Lab based

Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging

Molly Stevens

Soft Robotics and Microfabrication

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology

Nicolas Newell, Spyros Masouros

Finite element modelling of intervertebral discs in the spine. NB applicants will ideally have a mechanical engineering background with an interest in computational modelling. Preferably some finite element modelling experience.

Desk based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Computational & theoretical modelling, Medical Devices

Rodrigo Ledesma

Bioengineering yeast for the production of fuels, vitamins, antioxidants and colorants

Lab based

Molecular & cellular bioengineering

Rodrigo Ledesma

Development of a novel CRISPR-based synthetic biology method to control metabolism

Lab based

Molecular and cellular bioengineering

Rodrigo Ledesma

A synthetic biology approach to engineer microbial communities

Lab based

Molecular & cellular bioengineering

Rodrigo Ledesma

Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering for microbial biotechnology and bioengineering

Lab based

Molecular & cellular bioengineering

Rodrigo Ledesma

Creating novel promoters for synthetic biology appliciations using machine learning

Lab based

Computational & theoretical modelling

Rodrigo Ledesma

Investigating Anaerobic Growth in Strict Aerobe Yarrowia lipolytica

Lab based

Molecular & cellular bioengineering

Rodrigo Ledesma

Design and implementation of novel synthetic circuits in yeast using CRISPR

Lab based

Molecular & cellular bioengineering

Rodrigo Ledesma

Deciphering the codon usage code and its role in metabolism with applications in synthetic biology

Lab based

Computational & theoretical modelling

Rodrigo Ledesma

Synthetic protein design for food applications

Desk based

Molecular & cellular bioengineering

Simon Schultz

Graph theoretic analysis of memory encoding and recall, with applications to dementia

Desk based

Computational & theoretical modelling, Neurotechnology & robotics

Simon Schultz

Imaging at cellular resolution deep into living tissue using three-photon microscopy

Lab based

Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Neurotechnology & robotics

Simon Schultz

Mapping amyloid plaques in whole brains using serial section two photon tomography

Lab based Neurotechnology & robotics

Simon Schultz

Three-photon imaging deep into biological tissue

Lab based Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging

Simon Schultz

Tracking changes in brain organoid spontaneous activity over maturation

Lab based Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Neurotechnology & robotics

Sophie Morse

Can focused ultrasound stimulate the activity of the brain’s innate immune cells? 

Lab based Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Molecular & cellular bioengineering, Neurotechnology & robotics

Sophie Morse, James Choi

Do immune cells enter the brain when delivering drugs across the blood-brain barrier with focused ultrasound? NB Any immunology knowledge, tissue sectioning, immunohistochemical staining, or fluorescence microscopy experience would be useful but not necessary.

Lab based Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Molecular & cellular bioengineering

Sophie Morse

How do astrocytes respond when the blood-brain barrier is opened with focused ultrasound to deliver drugs to the brain?

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Molecular & cellular bioengineering, Neurotechnology & robotics

Sophie Morse

How do microglia respond when the blood-brain barrier is opened with focused ultrasound to deliver drugs to the brain?

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Molecular & cellular bioengineering, Neurotechnology & robotics

Sophie Morse, Periklis Pantazis

Non-invasive manipulation and imaging of the brain’s immune system. NB applicants should be willing to work in an interdisciplinary-environment and open to learn new technologies.

Lab based Biomechanics & mechanobiology, Biomedical sensing diagnostics & imaging, Molecular & cellular bioengineering, Neurotechnology & robotics

Spyros Masouros

Please get in touch to discuss potential projects on injury biomechanics / orthopaedic and trauma surgery / optimal rehabilitation post injury

Lab based

Biomechanics & mechanobiology