University of Dundee

PHOQUS: Interdisciplinary PhD Program

Meeting the next generation of scientific challenges will be achieved by training graduate Physicists and Biologists to integrate seamlessly photonics, nanotechnology, advanced spectroscopy and novel spectral regions with the latest advances in imaging and diagnostics technology. The photonics focus on new tools and sources will open up opportunities to investigate:

  • the mechanisms and nuclear dynamics that control spindle formation and chromosome separation during mitosis
  • cell migration dynamics and mechanics during early embryonic development
  • the development of cancer in the gut

This will provide a strong interdisciplinary component to the training program, linking Dundee’s extensive and world-class expertise in Life Science and pioneering work in the Medical School. The training program will lead automatically to advances and new knowledge on how to harness these new technologies, and new strategies.

PHOQUS is strongly intersectoral, with close involvement of 10 Associated Industrial Partners and 9 Academic Partners distributed over 7 European countries. Imaging science is key for the success of any fundamental or applied research program aiming to uncover the complexities of the life at multiple scales and to finding new solutions to diseases and conditions. By developing the cohort of students, they will avoid becoming isolated in between physics and biology, developing a true identity as interdisciplinary scientists.

PHOQUS aims to develop researchers with the correct mindset to discover and address the big problems in biology from an early stage in their research careers.

Photonic Tools for Quantitative imaging in Cells and Tissues - will seed a revolution in the development and application of novel imaging modalities and multimodalities to enable the quantitative investigation of biological processes at multiple size regimes from the molecular and cellular to the tissue and organ level scale.