[Comp-neuro] PhD studentship in "Computational modelling of cryopreservation"

roman bauer roman.bauer111 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 19 11:52:58 CEST 2018

*We are seeking a PhD student with excellent programming skills and an
interest in biology. The studentship will be based at Newcastle University
(UK) and benefit from collaboration with CERN.*

Interested in computers as well as biology? Then this project might be what
you are looking for! The aim is to use novel software and high-performance
computers to model how biological tissue, including neural tissue, behaves
during freezing and thawing.

Cryopreservation of biological tissue is in its infancy. State-of-the-art
freezing and thawing techniques lead to tissue damage in anything larger
than 1-3 mm3. Above-freezing storage times of human organs range from
approximately 3 to 24 hours - depending on organ - before becoming
unviable. This lack of preservation capacity results in 2/3 of donor hearts
and 4/5 of lungs being rejected for transplant for logistical reasons.

By improving our knowledge of how cryogenic processing affects
biological/neural tissue, new methodologies for cryogenic processing will
be studied. To this end, you will work together with experts in the field,
learn to incorporate the results in detailed 3D computer simulations, and
produce novel hypotheses that will generate better methodologies.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Roman Bauer (roman.bauer at ncl.ac.uk

Further details on this PhD studentship and how to apply can be found via
this link:

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