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PhD project: Extended release antibacterial systems to promote bone regeneration in oral wounds

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Health Sciences
Host campus
School of Pharmacy
Associate Professor Natalie Medlicott, Associate Professor Arlene McDowell, Associate Professor Dawn Coates


The goal of the research is to investigate extended release drug delivery systems for incorporation of an oil-based anti-infective agent. Devices fabricated from the matrices will be optimised for administration to oral wounds including periodontal pockets and dental sockets.

The matrices will be formed using a microencapsulated anti-infective agent, within a carrier gel to produce a resorbable plug that can be easily applied to oral wounds. Practical skills learned will include drug formulation, microencapsulation, material characterisation by rheology, texture analysis, drug release and quantitation, small-scale manufacture and experimental design.

The project is suitable for candidate with an Honour degree in Pharmacy, or a BSc(Hons) or MSc with a preference for pharmacology or chemistry. A candidate should also have an interest materials science and drug formulation. They should also be enthusiastic and passionate about research and keen to learn new skills.

Training in formulation and material characterisation techniques will be provided throughout the project.

The work will be based in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The candidate will work with a group of researchers from Pharmacy and Dentistry with an excellent track record of commercialising and publishing research. Training in formulation and material characterisation techniques will be provided throughout the project.

The applicant must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Otago, and are encouraged to apply for a University of Otago doctoral scholarship.

To apply

Please contact Dr Natalie Medlicott to explain your interest in this project and how this relates to your previous experience.

Please include

  • a copy of your CV
  • academic transcript
  • names of three referees


Associate Professor Natalie Medlicott