Research Fellow in Developing Medicated Corneal Implants


This post is funded by MRC to develop and optimise medicated corneal implants. In this project, ECM and biomaterials based corneal implants will be developed. They will further be impregnated with drug loaded nanoformulation to make these implants medicated. The optimised implants will be tested optically, mechanically and biologically both in vitro and in vivo. The project is aiming to improve the efficacy of artificial corneal implants 

The post will mainly be based at the Department of Surgical Biotechnology of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, at the Royal Free Hospital UCL campus. Our research environment has strong initiative in translational research and our ongoing efforts aim to exploit advances in biomaterials science, nanotechnology and cell biology for the development of innovative therapies. 

The post is available from 1st January 2021 and is initially funded for 2 years. This can further be extended depending on the progress of the project and the performance of the researcher. 

We are looking for a suitable candidate for an initial two-years postdoctoral research fellow to join our multi-disciplinary international team. The successful candidate will be working on an MRC project to develop ECM based (mainly collagen) artificial corneal implants. The implants will be embedded with nanoparticles that can both release the drug and will help in non-invasive imaging. The successful candidate will work at Hirak Lab at UCL (London, UK). The successful researcher will also get exposure and international training to the many varied aspects of cutting-edge pre-clinical biomedical research. The researcher will get direct benefits from this project collaboration with Harvard Medical School (USA) and University of Montreal (Canada). The fellow will take responsibility of the everyday laboratory research liaising with the international team. 

Key research component 

Design and fabrication of corneal implants with controlled drug delivery system 

Perform in vitro optical, biophysical, mechanical and biological testing 

Design and development of multi-component 3D corneal model for pre-clinical testing 

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above. 

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Hirak Patra,

If you have any queries on the application process, please contact Chau Chong,

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