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Open to PhD applications in the field of pharmaceutics, vaccine technology, mucosal and thermal analysis including amorphous and polymorphic systems. - Novel mucosal delivery of biofilm penetrating antibiotics - Vaccine delivery via mucosal routes - Novel spray-dried powders for delivery to the lung See link below for details of 2 fully-funded PhD studentships as part of he All-island Vaccine Research and Training Alliance (AVACTA) hub of excellence aimed to develop effective vaccines against ESKAPE pathogens. Closing date 1st July 2022 https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/avacta-all-island-vaccine-research-and-training-alliance-mucosally-delivered-vaccines-containing-novel-eskape-antigens/?p144727


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Dr. Kett's research interests lie in the development and characterisation of 

  • freeze-dried and spray-dried formats for mucosal (nasal, sublingual and vaginal) administration of material including HIV vaccine and microbicides.
  • mucosal delivery of nanoparticles encapsulating payloads such as antibiotics and vaccine

More fundamental research includes investigation into the mechanisms of protein protection during freeze-drying using thermal analysis techniques (DSC, MTDSC and isothermal microcalorimetry) as well as neutron scattering in collaboration with colleagues at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

She has also worked extensively in the use of thermal techniques to characterise amorphous systems and the detection of polymorphic transitions.

Dr. Kett was involved in the foundation of the Clinical Raman microscopy unit together with colleagues from the schools of chemistry and Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Science and has published on the use of this technique for the identification of polymorphic changes in pharmaceutical systems.
In 2002 she was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Thermal Methods Group Cyril Keattch award for “The Application of Thermoanalytical Techniques to the Study of the Freeze Drying Process”.


I currently have funding for 1 UK/NI/ROI PhD studentship starting Autumn 2023 through the All-island Vaccine Research and Training Alliance (AVACTA)consortium.  AVACTA  is a hub of excellence aimed to develop effective vaccines against ESKAPE pathogens

Applications will close February 2023. Further details will be available shortly. Please note this funding is only available to UK/ROI applicants. 

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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