The goal of the experiment is to see if employing radiation to inactivate viruses for vaccine formulation is feasible. The current Covid-19 pandemic has brought attention to the necessity of vaccines as well as the need for more efficient, cost-effective, and safer vaccine development procedures. Vaccines prevent an estimated 3 million deaths per year worldwide, but better vaccines and higher coverage could save an additional 1.5 million lives each year (Wellcome). In comparison to present vaccination formulations, ionizing radiation could give an alternative with significant benefits. Ionizing radiation is used to inactivate the virus by degrading its RNA content without disrupting the virus’s critical epitopes or structural integrity (retaining therefore the full breadth of antigens targets).
Simulations have shown that this is possible with the right combination of radiation quality and dose. To stimulate the immune system response, the inactivated virus would be combined with an adjuvant. Using a variety of biological systems, the project will evaluate the efficacy of various radiation modalities in virus inactivation, build dosage response curves, develop sample radiation vaccines, and compare their performance to chemical and other traditional vaccine modalities. Cost-effectiveness and manufacturing simplicity, as well as access to radiation facilities and transportation, will be discussed.
The research is a collaboration between the National Physical Laboratory and the University of Surrey (Radiation and Medical Physics Group and Section of Immunology, School of Biosciences and Medicine).
About the Scholarship:
The University of Surrey is a prestigious university in the English town of Guildford. This public research university was established in 1966 after receiving a royal charter, but its origins can be traced back to 1891, when the Battersea Polytechnic Institute was founded. This institute began focusing on science and technology in 1920, and it was designated as a ‘College of Advanced Technology’ in 1956. The following year, it was renamed Battersea College of Technology. The decision to relocate the college to Guildford was made in 1962. The Robbins Report proposed in 1963 that Battersea College expand its wings and become a full-fledged university.
In 2016, the university celebrated its 125th anniversary and was named University of the Year in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. The university is divided into two campuses, one in Stag Hill and one in Manor Park. The Manor Park campus was established in response to space constraints at their flagship Stag Hill campus. The Manor Park campus also houses student housing, Surrey Sports Park, and the School of Veterinary Medicine. Furthermore, the university’s Surrey Research Park, which was established in 1985, houses over 100 firms employing nearly 2500 people. The University of Surrey is divided into three faculties, which are further subdivided into 22 schools and departments. The three faculties are the faculties of arts and social sciences, engineering and physical sciences, and health and medical sciences. Furthermore, in order to assist the faculties, the university has established two related departments (department of higher education and department of technology-enhanced learning). Surrey International Institute-DUFE (SII-DUFE) was established in China in 2006 through a collaboration between the university and Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. To reach a wider range of students, the university offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a variety of fields. Furthermore, it provides research courses in a variety of disciplines such as chemistry, creative writing, clinical psychology, computer science, economics, English literature, law, politics, and physics. Scholarships and bursaries are available to international students at the university. Students can also enroll in university-based continuing professional development/short courses. The University of Surrey provides career opportunities in a variety of fields such as research, teaching, operational and professional services, and technical and experimental research.
The university has a large network of alumni from various fields. Ann Keen (Labour Member of Parliament), Kay Swinburne (Conservative Member of the European Parliament), Hassan Diab (Lebanese Education Minister), Rilwan Lanre Babalola (Nigerian Cabinet Minister), Tony Attwood (psychologist), Susan Blackmore (parapsychologist), Nigel Williams (radio presenter), Sarah Tan (broadcaster), and Behrouz Afagh are among the notable names (BBC executive). Aside from natural beauty, the county of Surrey has some excellent educational institutions, one of which is the University of Surrey. The Battersea Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1891 before becoming known as the University of Surrey. By 1956, the Polytechnic’s reputation had grown to the point where it was designated as a college of advanced technology. Finally, in 1957, it was renamed the Battersea College of Technology. Due to its outstanding academic work, the College was elevated to the status of a university in 1963, following the proposal of the Robbins Report. Surrey University has a number of joint academic partnerships. It has a joint venture called the Surrey International Institute –DUFE with the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian (SII-DUFE). This collaboration provides high-quality programs in Business Management and Tourism Management. It also has a partnership with the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), which offers acting and musical theatre courses. Aside from its rich history and enlightening collaborations with various universities, it offers a diverse range of subjects such as business, management, health sciences, psychology, veterinary medicine, and science, among many others. As a result, students can select their preferred subject area and excel in their respective fields.
The University of Surrey UK is well-known for its educational excellence. International students attend this prestigious university because of its excellent teaching and student outcomes. If you are thinking about studying abroad at this university, you will be pleased to know that it has a wide range of course options. Undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, postgraduate research degrees, and continuing professional development are all available. International students from more than 120 countries study at Surrey University. As a result, it is without a doubt one of the most culturally diverse universities in the United Kingdom. Aside from providing excellent education, the University attracts international students because of its strong support system and diverse resources. The University of Surrey provides its students with a sprawling campus worth approximately £400 million. This includes £130 million for student housing, £236 million for the Surrey Sports Park, £16 million for library and learning center facilities, and £4.5 million for the Ivy Art Centre.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): University of Surrey
Host Country(s): United Kingdom
Scholarship Worth: £15,609
Study Level: PhD
Nationality: International Students
Fees for the United Kingdom and the European Union are covered. A stipend of £15,609 per year is provided.
Eligibility for Scholarship
Candidates must have a First or 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject area from the United Kingdom, or a 2:2 with a strong masters degree (a distinction is usually required).
IELTS requirements: An IELTS Academic score of 6.5 or above, with a score of 6 in each category (or equivalent qualification from other agencies). See English Language Requirements for further information on the English Language Requirements.
The University of Surrey UK 2022 PhD International Studentships in Radiation-Inactivated Virus is open to all international students
Are you both interested and qualified? To apply, go to www.surrey.ac.uk at the University of Surrey.
Our Physics PhD programme page has an application form. On all applications, please explicitly state the project title and supervisor.
The application deadline for University of Surrey UK 2022 PhD International Studentships in Radiation-Inactivated Virus is March 31, 2022