After starting a medical degree at The University of Sheffield, I decided to intercalate at The University of York to pursue my interest in scientific research . During this year I had a particular interest in immunology and undertook a research project in the autoimmune basis of type 1 diabetes. I then continued this project for a masters by research, before gaining my place on the CIDCATS PhD programme.
This programme appealed to me due to its interdisciplinary nature, which allows for the investigation of infectious disease from a variety of different standpoints. I have taken the opportunity to carry out my PhD project combining both physics and biology, to investigate the effects of low temperature plasmas (LTPs) on wound healing. The aim of the project is to investigate whether LTPs can speed up the normal wound healing process to reduce the incidence of infection.
PhD project title
Characterisation of Low Temperature Air Plasmas for Wound Healing Applications
Deborah O'Connell and Marjan van der Woude