Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease research opportunities

The international diabetes foundation estimates that diabetes will affect 1 in 10 people worldwide by 2030. Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, as well as other complications that can ultimately lead to loss of sight or limb amputation.

Do you want to be involved in research that aims to cure these problems?


Projects are available for self-funding, either as an MSc by Research (1 year research degree full time/2 years part time) or PhD.

Some examples of projects offered are given below. If you have any questions or wish to discuss a project further, please email either the project supervisor or Dr Natasha Hill.

Title: Exercise and diabetes/cardiovascular risk factors in south Asian and European people
Supervisor: Dr Judith Allgrove

Title: Intermittent hypoxia and exercise in the treatment of obesity
Supervisor: Dr Judith Allgrove

Title: The role of SPARC in islet regeneration and diabetes
Supervisor: Dr Natasha Hill

Title: Modelling matricellular protein interactions in diabetes
Supervisors: Dr Natasha Hill and Prof Mark Fielder

Title: Targeting microbial biofilms to treat wound healing complications in diabetes patients
Supervisors: Dr Natasha Hill and Prof Jean-Christophe Nebel

Title: A pathogenic role for SPARC in retinopathy and loss of vision in diabetes patients
Supervisors: Dr Natasha Hill and Prof Barbara Pierscionek

Title: Does crosstalk between the Insulin and IGF pathways explain the increased risk of cancer in diabetes patients
Supervisors: Prof Helmout Modjtahedi and Dr Natasha Hill

Title: Exploring the health behaviours and metabolic risk factors of young adults during the transition from school to University
Supervisor: Dr Hannah Moir

Title: Novel leisure time physical activity: a type II diabetes intervention
Supervisor: Dr Hannah Moir

Title: Iron overload in Diabetes
Supervisors: Mr Paul Waller and Dr Mike Stolinski

Title: Oral delivery of insulin for diabetes therapy: Development and evaluation of insulin loaded polymer based carrier system
Supervisor: Dr Anil Vangala

Title: Contact lenses as a tool for continuous monitoring of glucose level in diabetic patients
Supervisor: Prof Raid Alany

Title: Synthesising novel pharmacological inhibitors of Rab7 to promote islet beta cell expansion for diabetes therapy
Supervisors: Dr Adam Le Gresley and Dr Natasha Hill

Candidates should have a 1st or 2(i) degree in a relevant bioscience subject (or be expecting to achieve this).

Please note that international students will need to demonstrate English language competence through a qualification equivalent to IELTS at the 6.5 grade.

For self-funded projects where fees apply these are currently £4,121 Home/EU, £13,300 Overseas per year for 2016/17 entry.

For further information about our research, visit the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Research Group webpages.


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