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Postgraduate research project

Wearable Healthcare Sensor for Continuous Monitoring of Critical Biomarkers and Therapeutic Drugs

Competition funded View fees and funding
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

Wearable sensors measure various physical, chemical, and biological information in real-time and continuously and in a non-invasive or minimally invasive manner. Wearables such as smartwatches have already proved their capability for the early detection and monitoring of the progression and treatment of various diseases, such as COVID-19 and Parkinson disease, through biophysical signals.

Next-generation wearable sensors that enable accurate and continuous measurement of biochemical markers, in addition to physical parameters, could be a transformative technology for the future diagnostics and treatment, allowing for the high-resolution and time-resolved recording of the health status of an individual, and enabling precision medicine and personalised healthcare.

In this project, you will develop novel integrated wearable sensors using wearable microfluidics and electronics for the continuous monitoring of critical biomarkers and therapeutic drugs in body fluids. The devices will be designed and calibrated in engineering labs and then tested in clinical settings to address the challenges in skin health, with potential applications in many other areas like perioperative and intensive care.

This multidisciplinary project will provide a variety of advanced trainings, such as 3D sprinting, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, analytical device and instrumentation. Bespoke training will be provided from Health Sciences and Dermatology Department at University Hospital Southampton in ethical application for healthy volunteers, recruitment and data collection with a number of imaging and biomarker modalities, clinical manifestations of skin pathology and current clinical assessment and management principles.

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