Research Students

Contact - Mr Mark Armstrong, Divisional Senior Teaching Administrator, Tel: + 44 (0)20 7472 6220, Email: mark.armstrong02@ucl.ac.uk

Research students are required to have a Medicine degree, or BSc Honours degree (minimum upper second class honours), or equivalent overseas qualifications.

Applicants whose secondary level of education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English Language proficiency, normally we ask for the ‘Standard’ level.

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The Division accept research applications at any time and we have various points of entry throughout the year.

Details of some of the current MPhil/ PhD and MD research projects being undertaken within the Division:-

General Surgery

Research Students News

Samer-ul Haque - recipient of the British Journal of Surgery Prize of the BASO ~ ACS Scientific Conference

June 2012


Many congratulations to Samer-ul Haque, surgical research fellow and PhD student supervised by Dr Marilena Loizidou, who was awarded  the British Journal of Surgery Prize at the British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO) for his oral presentation entitled: Characterising Colorectal Cancer Binding Sites for Endothelin-1 and Antagonistic Action by the Endothelin A Receptor Antagonist Zibotentan.

The work is described in more detail in the 2012 BASO yearbook (page 36)

Lara Yildirimer - recipient of the Medical Research Council (MRC) award

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Many congratulations to Lara Yildirimer, PhD student supervised by Professor Seifalian and Professor Butler, who was awarded the MRC funding to spend up to one year at Harvard-MIT laboratory working on materials nanotopography.


  • Development of coronary artery bypass graft using nanocomposite polymer and stem cell technology.
  • Development of Coronary artery stent using nanomaterial coating.
  • Development of polymeric heart valve using POSS-nanocomposite polymer.
  • Development of percutaneous heart valve.
  • Development of fluorescence nanoparticle for detection and treatment of cancer.
  • Research into stem cells for biomedical application.
  • Ischaemic preconditioning to reduce ischaemic reperfusion injury, looking into microvasculature and oxygenation.
  • Remote ischaemia preconditioning to reduce hepatic ischaemia reperfusion injury.
  • Inducing apoptosis of human colon cancer cells by an IGF-I D domain analogue peptide.
  • The role of nitric oxide in remote ischemic pre-conditioning of the liver.

MD (Res)

  • Development of stent graft for AAA.
  • Development of tissue engineering liver.
  • Research into vascular haemodynamic.
  • Blunt colon cancer cell motility and invasion by blocking IGF receptor.
  • Nerve guide and its application in nerve repair.
  • Targeting colorectal cancers with quantum dots coated with nanomaterials.
  • Interactions between heamoxygenase and nitric oxide synthase in liver ischemic preconditioning.


  • The role of plexin B1 mutations in prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer stem cells.

Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science

  • Tendon bone healing using porous structures.
  • Mensenchymal stem cells in implant osteointegration
  • Advanced composites of plastic compressed collagen and phosphate based glasses for tissue engineering.
  • Engineering of third generation scaffolds.
  • Preventing bone loss following spinal cord injury with combined mechanical stimulation and circulatory augmentation: providing new insights into the mechanisms of disuse osteoporosis.
  • Using novel Raman spectroscopic approaches for the non-invasive investigation of bone quality.
  • The pathogenesis of chordoma.
  • Osseointegration of porous tantalum implants coated with hydroxiapatite and MSCs.
  • Vascularisation of tissue-engineered skin.
  • Biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion/ influence of overuse syndrome.
  • Genetics of bone injuries.
  • Age-related changes.