This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956146.

Open PhD position – ESR 04

Physicochemical characteristics of upper gastrointestinal contents of older people and their impact on oral drug absorption

Planned starting date: 01 May 2021

Host Institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece (M. Vertzoni, C. Reppas)

PhD Awarding Institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Project Description

This project has 3 objectives:

  1. Characterisation of the composition of contents in the fasted stomach and duodenum of older people.
  2. Development of media for evaluating the performance of drug products to be administered to older people.
  3. Evaluation of differences in the composition of luminal contents of older people from healthy adults and geriatric patients on oral drug absorption.

Expected Results: New in vitro methodologies performance evaluation of orally administered drug products in older people.

Planned Secondments

  1. Novartis, Switzerland (A. Kourentas)
  2. Recurrent visits: Red Cross Hospital of Athens (C. Goumas)


Essential Background
Master’s degree or Diploma or Second state examination in Pharmaceutical, Biomedical or Chemical Sciences.

Desirable Background
Experience in Pharmaceutical Technology, Biopharmaceutics, Analytical Chemistry.

Local Requirements
Candidates should preferably have basic knowledge of Greek language. Selected candidate will be requested to attend Greek language courses upon recruitment.