QR PhD studentship

Programme Description

The University oh Hertfordshire invites applications for a PhD studentship to the Neurodegenerative Disease (Parkinson’s) group in the School of Life and Medical Sciences on QR funded scheme. This three-year project requires a PhD student to undertake research in in-vitro and in-vivo models of neurodegeneration.

The project provides training in a range of in-vitro and in-vivo techniques relevant to neuroinflammation.

The successful candidate will be trained in various animal behavioural paradigms, neuroanatomical techniques and drug discovery. The programme of work will address a question of considerable scientific merit related to the neurodegenerative process and will investigate various therapeutic strategies to mitigate neurodegeneration. Consequently, the project will have a translational value to clinical neurology and further drug development efforts.

Start date: January 2020

Duration: 3 years

Partner: UHQR funds.


Starts at £15,009 per annum plus approved expenses. All students will also receive a maximum contribution towards their individual tuition fees that is equivalent to the Home/EU student fee in each year of registration.

The project

The role of inflammation in PD and MS. This project will focus on mitigating neuroinflammatory changes in neurodegeneration in cellular and animal models. The successful candidate will be investigating the therapeutic potential of novel compounds that target neuroinflammation and oxidative stress and will utilise well-established techniques to investigate neuroprotective efficacy of novel therapeutic agents.

The student will be responsible for the experimental programme of research within the department of Clinical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in collaboration with the department of Neuroinflammation at the Institute of Neurology, UCL. The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up in vitro (cellular) or in vivo (whole animal) behavioural models, sample collection and analysis of functional and biochemical alterations following oxidative stress, inflammation and protein aggregation.

Supervisor Information

  • Mahmoud Iravani, PhD, University of Hertfordshire



  • First class or upper second-class (2:1) Honours graduate (BSc) in the area of biomedical sciences / neuroscience / biological sciences or similar;
  • IELTS 6.5 (or above with no less than 5.5 in any band)/TOEFL 79 (if international student).


  • Previous in vivo experience and possession of a Home Office personal licence (modules a-c) is highly desirable.


Application Process

To apply, please download the application form and send along with qualification certificates and a copy of your passport to: doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 24 December 2019.

Informal enquires should be addressed to Dr Mahmoud Iravani (m.iravani@herts.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to this address will not be accepted.