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PhD: Investigating The Molecular Mechanism And Pathophysiology Of Common Therapies To Treat Varicose Vein In Patients.

University of Reading – School of Biological Sciences

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Reading
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £12,000 stipend plus tuition fees
Hours: Full Time
Closes: 15th August 2017
Reference: GS17-090

Project Overview:

Varicose veins affect up to 35-40% of adults in developed countries. They are associated with significant skin damage, pain, ulceration and potential thrombosis. Sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapies, laser therapy and other therapies have been wildly used for treating varicose veins. However, the fundamental mechanisms of their actions have not been fully characterised. There is therefore significant scope for researching to discover and compare the mechanisms of these therapies on cell death and vein wall restructuring to improve clinical outcome and develop novel therapies. The aim of this PhD research project is to work with both academic (at Reading University) and clinical supervisors and others (i.e. surgeons, nurses and research manager at the Whiteley Clinic, in Guildford) to investigate and characterise pathophysiology and structural changes in the venous wall i.e. the endothelium, the media and the adventitia and the extracellular matrix with and without treatment using post-operational samples collected from the clinic. The studentship will involve some travel between the University of Reading and the Whiteley Clinic, Guildford. The student will be engaged in the application of NHS ethical approval, will gain research skills, attend PhD training courses organised by the University of Reading Graduate School and will have opportunities to present research results at national and international conferences.


The studentship is open to applications from UK/EU candidates
Minimum 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant subject required plus an interest in medical science
The candidate should have good interpersonal communication skills

Funding Details:

The studentship is funded by the Whiteley Clinic and the University of Reading Strategic Fund.
Covers tuition fees at the home/EU rate plus bench fee
£12,000/per year stipend
Starts October 2017
Duration three years

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Biomedical Sciences to the University – see

When prompted as part of your online application, you should provide details of the funding you are applying for, quoting the reference GS17-090.

Application Deadline: 15th August 2017.

Further Enquiries: For further details please contact Professor Jian-Mei Li.