Edinburgh Imaging

02 Apr 19. Job - PhD studentship

Precision Medicine Project - Virtual biopsy with the Eye – using machine learning to detect & track chronic kidney disease.

Supervisor(s): Dr Tom MacGillivray, Dr Neeraj Dhaun, Professor Bal Dhillon, Dr Alan Fleming


Centre/Institute: Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences


Industrial Partner: Optos


Closing date: 8th April 2019


Applicants can apply here.


Training outcomes

The student will engage with multiple aspects of eye imaging in patients at increased cardiovascular risk from acquisition to post-processing and analysis.

They will also feed into the VAMPIRE project, a joint initiative between the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee that is building a world-class virtual centre of expertise in retinal biomarkers.

The student, with support from members of the VAMPIRE team, will learn about machine learning algorithms (e.g. random forest, neural networks) and apply these as a cutting-edge means of utilising retinal measures to classify the clinical status of study participants.

The student will gain key skills by attending appropriate courses (such as those offered by the Education Programme at the Edinburgh CRF on statistical analysis, etc.) and accessing on-line materials offered by the Edinburgh Imaging Academy (e.g. anatomy, physics, biomechanics).

They will also interact with the expert members of our group.

By the end of the project, the student will be expert in retinal imaging biomarkers of renal and systemic vascular health and will have investigated conventional clinical biomarkers and novel retinal endpoints.


Application deadline:

Deadline: 8th April 2019

Applicants can apply here.