Current projects

We are currently partnering with the following projects with to deliver sponsored PhD opportunities (HKEP)

CN Bio

Development and Characterisation of Novel, Inter-connected, Microphysical Systems (MPS) of Human Organs

Associate: Joshua Pye

Supervisors: Dr David Chau, Dr Vicky Hutter, Dr Tomasz Kostrzewski

Project description: The aim of this project is to establish liver multi-Microphysical Systems models. These will allow the interactions between the liver and other organs to be accurately modelled in vitro.

Fluid Pharma

Development of microparticle formulations for dysphagia patients

Associate: Kavil Patel

Supervisors: Dr Fang Liu, Dr Craig Richardson

Project description: This project aims investigate novel technology in coating microparticles and evaluating the drug release mechanisms in older patients with dysphagia.

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

Delivering a healthy and sustainable food economy in Letchworth Garden City

Associate: Amelie Andre

Supervisors: Dr Susan Parham, Prof. David Barling, Mr David Ames

Project description: The aim of the project is to underpin and improve the economic base of Letchworth Garden City in relation to food: applying planning, governance and policy tools which are of practical benefit to the townspeople and their health and well-being, and the sustainability of the community and its environment.


Understanding interactions of identified fungal pathogens on oilseed rape

Associate: James Fortune

Supervisors: Dr Yongju Huang, Prof. Bruce Fitt, Dr Georgia Mitrousia, Dr Faye Ritchie

Project description: The project aims to understand interactions between Leptosphaeria maculans (phoma stem canker) and Pyrenopeziza brassicae (light leaf spot) at different stages of their life cycles and to develop new tools to control them.

Syngenta Crop Protection UK Ltd

Associate: TBC

Supervisors: Prof. Kathy Lewis, Dr Neil Morgan

Project description: The broad aim of this 4 year work programme is to better understand the factors that affect the occurrence and behaviour of Dislodgeable Foliar Residues with the intention of enabling the refinement of risk assessments.

BioparkStevenage Bioscience CatalystHertfordshire Local Enterprise ParthershipsRoCRE