Student Projects

We have a wide range of student projects, and many can be tailored to a student’s project research interests. View a list of projects available to students studying their PhD, Honours or Masters.

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Metabolism-Focused Preclinical Development of Therapies for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Suitable for Honours and PhD students. BACKGROUND Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is an aggressive and lethal blood cancer with a 5-year overall survival of less than 45% for patients younger than 60 years of age, or less than 10% for older patients. In Australia, about 1,000 patients are newly diagnosed with AML each year, and […]

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Epidemiology of schistosomiasis in the Philippines

Project suitable for PhD, can be adapted for Honours and Masters students Asian schistosomiasis is caused by the blood fluke Schistosoma japonicum. Infection with this helminth can cause long-term chronic health problems due to eggs becoming lodged in body tissues, particularly the liver leading to hepatosplenomegaly and liver fibrosis. In children infection is linked with […]

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Development of CRISPR based technology in schistosome bloodflukes

This project can be adapted to suit Honours, Masters and PhD level students. Schistosomiasis is a serious global problem and the second most devastating parasitic disease after malaria. Currently, there is no effective vaccine available and treatment is entirely dependent on praziquantel chemotherapy, which raises significant potential threat to public health should drug resistance develop. […]

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Translating Molecular Research into Clinical Applications to Control Scabies

Prospective students (Honours/Masters or PhD) will learn a wide range of molecular biology techniques, protein technology, including protein expression and purification techniques, microscopy, animal work and more. Scabies and associated co-infections cause substantial illness and a major health burden in Indigenous communities of Northern Australia. In particular scabies-caused childhood pyoderma (bacterial skin infection) can cause […]

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A pilot RCT of patients with mild-moderate ulcerative colitis starting basic treatment with 5ASA to either a 12-week low food additive diet or standard care

This project is for PhD students only BACKGROUND Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic immune-mediated disorder which consists of two main forms; Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). It is a global disease, with an accelerating incidence in newly industrialised countries whose societies have become more westernised. Commonly, mesalazine drugs are positioned as first line […]

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Cracking the genetic code of familial Parkinson’s disease

This project is for PhD students only.  A background in (or a strong interest and passion to learn about) genetics, epidemiology, data science, statistics or bioinformatics is preferred. Previous research experience and coding and analysing data (genetic, clinical, or other kind) using R/Python is also desirable. BACKGROUND Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects ~150,000 Australians, and the […]

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An investigation of the relationship between fire smoke exposure and age-related cognitive decline and dementia

Suitable for Honours or Masters project. BACKGROUND Exposure to bushfire smoke is a major health concern in Australia, which is only set to increase due to fluctuating weather patterns because of climate change. Particulate matter (PM) present in bushfire smoke has adverse effects on health causing premature mortality and the exacerbation of cardio-respiratory conditions. In […]

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Physiological signal analysis from infancy to adolescence

Suitable for PhD, Masters or Honours students. The advent of precision medicine demands better tools for measuring human structure and function. A particularly important period of development where this lack of diagnostic and prognostic tools is felt in earnest, is the period from infancy to adolescence. We measure the function of the brain, heart and […]

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Statistical Genetic Analyses of Psychotic and Mood Disorders

PhD or Honours project. Seeking a motivated student with experience in psychology, genetics, epidemiology or statistics dry lab analysis focused project. BACKGROUND Psychiatric disorders rank fifth in global causes of disease, contributing nearly 20% to non-fatal disease burden. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are associated with a substantial genetic risk, with genetic estimated to explain 60-80% […]

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