-Develop a new generation of high efficiency inhalers for adults and children -Target aerosol delivery within the lungs -Evaluate the performance of inhalers in terms of local lung delivery -Develop novel inhalation therapies
Applications of these devices and delivery techniques include improved treatments for lung and other diseases such as asthma, COPD, CF, lung cancer, respiratory tract infections, and Alzheimer's. This open project relates to the delivery of asthma medications to the small airways, inhaled antibiotics, and the development of complete-airway CFD models with in vivo validation.
More information on the Longest Lab at VCU can be found at: https://sites.google.com/a/vcu.edu/longestlab/
Funding for the Longest Lab currently comes from NIH and US FDA sources.
The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at VCU offers a highly interdisciplinary research experience, which is essential for the study of multiphase respiratory dynamics. Areas of expertise include transport modeling, computational fluid dynamics, life science engineering, and pharmaceutics. This project is being performed in collaboration with the VCU Department of Pharmaceutics, which is located on the VCU Medical Campus. The VCU Department of Pharmaceutics is widely recognized for its Aerosol Research Group, which specializes in the area of respiratory drug delivery, and organizes the international RDD Conference series (http://www.rddonline.com/) each year.
VCU is an Equal-Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send the following items to Dr. P. Worth Longest at email@example.com: 1.Complete CV in PDF format, 2.Toefl score (if applicable), 3.graduate transcripts, 4.Names and email address of three references, and 5.Optional: Cover letter summarizing interests and experience.