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Student Projects

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

Research UnitDisease FocusProjectProject TypeSupervisor(s)
Vascular biology
Cancer Bio-engineering next generation human liver organoids by incorporating a bile duct system Honours A/Prof Geraldine Mitchell
Vascular biology
Cancer Tissue engineering a tissue ‘flap’ PhD/Honours A/Prof Geraldine Mitchell
Lymphatic & regenerative surgery
Cancer Understanding the genetic basis of lipidema PhD/Honours Dr Tara Karnezis
Dr Ramin Shayan
Lymphatic & regenerative surgery
Cancer Understanding the microenvironment of lymphodema PhD/Honours Dr Ramin Shayan
Dr Tara Karnezis
Lymphatic & regenerative surgery
Cancer Gene signatures of the ‘lymphaticome’ PhD/Honours Dr Ramin Shayan
Dr Tara Karnezis
Lymphatic & regenerative surgery
Cancer Understanding the role of CXCR7 in lymphoedema following radiation injury PhD/Honours Dr Ramin Shayan
Dr Tara Karnezis
Cardiac regeneration
CancerHeart disease New inhibitors for mitochondrial fission protein DRP1 PhD/Honours Dr Shiang (Max) Lim
Dr Jessica Holien
Cardiac regeneration
Heart disease Cardioprotection with NANO-MDIVI-1 PhD Dr Shiang (Max) Lim
Structural biology
Alzheimer’s disease Structural biology of proteins involved in mental illnesses PhD Prof Michael Parker
Stem cell regulation
Cancer Use of retinoic acid receptor ligands to increase the numbers of haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells for transplantation purposes PhD A/Prof Louise Purton
Dr Alistair Chalk
Stem cell regulation
Cancer Identifying better therapies for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes Honours A/Prof Louise Purton
Stem cell regulation
Cancer Identification of osteoblast lineage cells by fluorescence-activated cell sorting Honours A/Prof Louise Purton
Dr Alistair Chalk
Stem cell regulation
Cancer Identification of how vitamin A alters distinct B lymphocyte niches in the bone marrow Honours A/Prof Louise Purton
Protein chemistry & metabolism
Type 2 diabetes Post-translational regulation of AMPK PhD/Honours
Molecular genetics
Cancer How do mutations in dynein motor components cause birth defects? PhD/Honours A/Prof Jörg Heierhorst
Molecular genetics
Cancer Cell death regulation in B cell immunity and B cell lymphoma PhD/Honours A/Prof Jörg Heierhorst
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
Immunology
Type 1 diabetes Understanding if islet-infiltrating CTL can be identified in peripheral blood as biomarkers of type 1 diabetes PhD/Honours Dr Bala Krishnamurthy
Prof Tom Kay
Islet biology
Type 1 diabetes Identifying IL-17 receptor functions in pancreatic beta cells PhD/Honours Dr Andrew Sutherland
A/Prof Helen Thomas
Islet biology
Type 1 diabetes The role of nucleic acid sensing in triggering autoimmune diabetes PhD/Honours A/Prof Helen Thomas
Dr Tom Brodnicki
Islet biology
Type 1 diabetes Understanding how interferons are involved in autoimmune diabetes PhD A/Prof Helen Thomas
Dr Tom Brodnicki
Islet biology
Type 1 diabetes Inhibiting hypoxia and inflammation-induced damage to improve the outcomes of islet transplantation PhD/Honours A/Prof Helen Thomas
Dr Michaela Waibel
Islet biology
Type 1 diabetes Repurposing JAK1/JAK2 inhibitors to treat type 1 diabetes PhD A/Prof Helen Thomas
Prof Tom Kay
Human T cell
Type 1 diabetes Which hybrid insulin peptides do human CD4+ T cells recognize in type 1 diabetes? PhD A/Prof Stuart Mannering
Human T cell
Type 1 diabetes Which epitopes do human islet-infiltrating CD8+ tTcells ‘see’? PhD A/Prof Stuart Mannering
Human T cell
Type 1 diabetes Why is proinsulin’s C-peptide a target of human autoimmune CD4+ T-cell responses in people who develop type 1 diabetes? Honours A/Prof Stuart Mannering
Genomics and immunology
CancerType 1 diabetes Dissecting the relevance of a novel molecular pathway in stem cells and immunodeficiencies PhD/Honours Associate Professor Mark Chong
Genomics and immunology
CancerType 1 diabetes Dissecting genomic and transcriptional complexities underlying immune competence and immune diseases PhD/Honours Associate Professor Mark Chong
Genomics and immunology
CancerType 1 diabetes Discovering new pathways controlling T lymphocyte development and autoimmunity PhD Associate Professor Mark Chong
Genome stability
Cancer Spermtyping – single cell analysis of the generation of genetic diversity via DNA repair pathways Honours Dr Wayne Crismani
Genome stability
Cancer Cancer drug discovery by inhibition of a DNA repair pathway with CRISPR/CAS9 gene editing and biochemistry PhD Dr Wayne Crismani
Genome stability
Cancer The role of RecQL4 gene in cancer predisposition PhD/Honours Dr Andrew Deans
Genome stability
Cancer The role of FANCC gene in inherited breast cancer PhD/Honours Dr Andrew Deans
Cancer and RNA biology
Cancer Understanding how A-to-I RNA editing modifies the immunogenicity of endogenous RNA PhD/Honours A/Prof Carl Walkley
Dr Alistair Chalk
Dr Jacki Heraud-Farlow
Cancer and RNA biology
Cancer ADAR1 and RNA editing PhD/Honours A/Prof Carl Walkley
Dr Alistair Chalk
Dr Jacki Heraud-Farlow
Bone cell biology and disease
Osteoporosis How are autophagic processes involved in bone mineralisation? Honours A/Prof Natalie Sims
Bone cell biology and disease
Osteoporosis What controls the development of strong cortical bone? PhD/Honours A/Prof Natalie Sims
Genomics and immunology
Type 1 diabetesCancer MicroRNA pathway control of T cell activation PhD/Honours Associate Professor Mark Chong
Stem cell regulation
Cancer Honours/PhD projects PhD/Honours A/Prof Louise Purton