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Student Projects

Find out more about Honours and PhD projects offered at SVI.

Research UnitDisease FocusProjectProject TypeSupervisor(s)
Islet biology
Type 1 diabetes Testing kinase inhibitors for activity against type 1 diabetes PhD A/Prof Helen Thomas
Islet biology
Islet transplantation Using JAK inhibitors to prevent the effects of hypoxia and inflammation in transplantation PhD/Honours A/Prof Helen Thomas
Dr Michaela Waibel
Structural biology
CancerOsteoporosis Understanding a rare disease to develop treatment for common bone diseases PhD/Honours Prof Michael Parker
Dr Brett Bennetts
Genomics and immunology
CancerType 1 diabetes Regulation of microRNA biogenesis PhD Dr Mark Chong
Genomics and immunology
CancerType 1 diabetes Dissecting the role of a novel molecular pathway in haematopoietic stem cells PhD Dr Mark Chong
Genomics and immunology
Type 1 diabetesCancer MicroRNA pathway control of T cell activation PhD/Honours Dr Mark Chong
Genomics and immunology
CancerType 1 diabetes Dissecting genomic and transcriptional complexities underlying the immune system PhD/Honours Dr Mark Chong
Genomics and immunology
Type 1 diabetesCancer Discovering new pathways controlling T lymphocyte development and autoimmunity PhD/Honours Dr Mark Chong
Structural biology
Infectious disease Understanding how bacterial pore-forming toxins punch holes in membranes PhD/Honours Prof Michael Parker
Dr Craig Morton
Structural biology
Alzheimer’s disease Improving current approaches to Alzheimer’s disease PhD/Honours Prof Michael Parker
Structural biology
Cancer Overcoming cancer drug resistance PhD/Honours Prof Michael Parker
Dr Craig Morton
Lymphatic & regenerative surgery
Cancer Identifying the genetics of lipidema PhD Dr Tara Karnezis
Dr Ramin Shayan
Protein chemistry & metabolism
Heart diseaseType 2 diabetes Physiological role of AMPK binding to glycogen PhD/Honours Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Dr John W. Scott
Dr Sandra Galic
Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Dr Christopher Langendorf
Protein chemistry & metabolism
Type 1 diabetes Regulation of appetite by AMPK PhD/Honours Dr John W. Scott
Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Dr Sandra Galic
Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Protein chemistry & metabolism
Type 2 diabetes Genome wide regulation of protein function by metabolites PhD/Honours Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Dr John W. Scott
Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Human T cell
Type 1 diabetes Building a mouse to study human autoimmune T cell responses in type 1 diabetes PhD/Honours A/Prof Stuart Mannering
Human T cell
Type 1 diabetes Do the T cells that cause type 1 diabetes in humans recognize hybrid peptides? PhD/Honours A/Prof Stuart Mannering
Human T cell
Type 1 diabetes How do HLA-DQ2 and DQ8 increase the risk of people developing type 1 diabetes? PhD/Honours A/Prof Stuart Mannering
Human T cell
Type 1 diabetes How do human islet-infiltrating CD8+ T cells cause type 1 diabetes? PhD/Honours A/Prof Stuart Mannering
Genome stability
Cancer Ubiquitination and Fanconi Anemia PhD/Honours Dr Andrew Deans
Genome stability
Cancer The role of FANCM gene in inherited breast cancer PhD Dr Andrew Deans
Bone cell biology and disease
Osteoporosis Understanding the formation of strong cortical bone PhD/Honours A/Prof Natalie Sims
Lymphatic & regenerative surgery
Cancer Understanding the role of adipose derived stem cells during lymphodema PhD Dr Tara Karnezis
Dr Ramin Shayan
Lymphatic & regenerative surgery
Cancer Intercellular communication between lymphatic endothelial cells and their extracellular environment PhD Dr Tara Karnezis
Dr Ramin Shayan
Lymphatic & regenerative surgery
Cancer The global genetic signature of lymphatics PhD Dr Tara Karnezis
Dr Ramin Shayan
Immunogenetics
Type 1 diabetes How does amino acid supply affect immune cell function and the development of autoimmune disease? PhD/Honours Dr Tom Brodnicki
Immunogenetics
Type 1 diabetes How do long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate dendritic cell function and prevent autoimmune disease PhD/Honours Dr Tom Brodnicki
Vascular biology
Cancer Connecting human large vessels to human pre-vascularized scaffolds in vitro PhD/Honours A/Prof Geraldine Mitchell
Vascular biology
Cancer Creating human capillary networks derived from adult human stem cells PhD/Honours A/Prof Geraldine Mitchell
Dr Shiang (Max) Lim
Cardiac regeneration
Heart disease Cardiac repair with cardiac stem cell secretomes PhD/Honours Dr Shiang (Max) Lim
Cardiac regeneration
Heart disease Cardioprotection with mitochondrial fission protein DRP1 inhibitors PhD/Honours Dr Shiang (Max) Lim
Metabolic signalling
Type 2 diabetes AMPK allosteric inhibitors PhD Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Dr John W. Scott
Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Dr Sandra Galic
Dr Christopher Langendorf
Metabolic signalling
Type 2 diabetes Structure/function of AMP/drug synergy PhD/Honours Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Dr John W. Scott
Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Dr Christopher Langendorf
Metabolic signalling
Type 2 diabetes Identifying kinases that target the AMPK drug site PhD/Honours Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Dr Christopher Langendorf
Protein chemistry & metabolism
Type 2 diabetes AMPK regulation of cholesterol metabolism PhD/Honours Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Dr John W. Scott
Dr Sandra Galic
Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Genome stability
Cancer Improving therapy in breast cancer associated with an inherited risk PhD/Honours Dr Andrew Deans
Molecular genetics
Cancer Role of ASCIZ in the DNA damage response and cancer development PhD/Honours A/Prof Jörg Heierhorst
Molecular genetics
Cancer Developmental functions of a novel transcription factor PhD/Honours A/Prof Jörg Heierhorst
Protein chemistry & metabolism
Type 2 diabetes Regulation of CaMKK-2 PhD/Honours Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Dr John W. Scott
Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Dr Sandra Galic
Dr Christopher Langendorf
Protein chemistry & metabolism
Type 2 diabetes AMPK regulation of lipid metabolism PhD/Honours Prof Bruce E. Kemp
Dr John W. Scott
Dr Jonathan Oakhill
Dr Sandra Galic
Immunology
Type 1 diabetes Does insulin expression in APCs prevent diabetes after autoimmunity is established? PhD/Honours Prof Tom Kay
Immunology
Type 1 diabetes Differentiation of antigen-specific CTL PhD/Honours Prof Tom Kay
Islet biology
Type 1 diabetes The role of granzyme A in initiation of type 1 diabetes PhD/Honours A/Prof Helen Thomas
Bone cell biology and disease
Osteoporosis gp130 and IL-6 cytokine signalling in bone (PhD) PhD A/Prof Natalie Sims
Stem cell regulation
Cancer Honours/PhD projects PhD/Honours A/Prof Louise Purton
A/Prof Carl Walkley