Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Open to PhD applications in the following areas:
- Biomaterial design, synthesis and characterisation
- Host-material inflammatory response (cell biology)
- Microbiological evaluation of biomaterials


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Personal profile


Louise Carson graduated in 2006 with a Master of Pharmacy degree (1st Class Honours) from Queen's University Belfast, and completed her pre-registration training in community pharmacy.  In 2007 she returned to the School of Pharmacy to undertake a PhD in the area of medical device related infection and bacterial virulence.  She completed her PhD in January 2011, and following an industry-funded postdoctoral fellowship, was appointed to a lectureship in Pharmaceutical Science in August 2012.

Dr Carson is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Focus

My current research is focused on the design, development and characterisation of biomaterials for implantable medical devices. I have a specific interest in strategies to alleviate complications associated with implantable medical devices, namely infection and the foreign body/inflammatory response.

My research is inherently interdisciplinary in it's approach, and I have formed strong collaborative links with academic colleagues across disciplines such as mechanical engineering and chemistry, as well as links with the medical devices industry.

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials
    • Metals and alloys
    • Hydrogels
    • Silicone elastomers
    • Bioresorbable polymers
  • Medical Devices
    • Urinary catheters
    • Orthopaedic devices
    • Aesthetic implants
  • Medical Device Associated Infection
    • Anti-infective Biomaterials
  • Biocompatibility of Biomaterials
    • Protein adsorption
    • Inflammatory response to implanted materials
    • Foreign Body Response (FBR)


I teach extensively across all degree programmes in the School of Pharmacy, QUB:

  • MPharm degree
  • BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • BSc Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Masters in Industrial Pharmaceutics
  • Clinical Distance Learning Programmes


I am very happy to receive applications from prospective PhD students who wish to study within my research group. Applications are welcome from well qualified students with undergraduate degrees in relevant scientific disciplines: pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, biomedical sciences, biomaterials engineering, etc.

Some example PhD projects available within my group are listed below, however, I am also happy to discuss alternative project ideas with interested applicants.

  • Development of Biomaterials to Modulate the Inflammatory Response
  • Surface Modified Materials to Prevent Biofilm Formation
  • Multi-functional Nanocomposite Materials for Medical Devices

To apply for PhD study, an application must be submitted to through the QUB Direct Applications Portal

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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