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Viral Commandeering of Cellular Oncogenic Signalling Pathways


Cell-to-cell spread of caccinia virus infection induces dramatic rearrangements to cell morphology and alterations to cell behaviour.  This project will study the role of host signalling pathways in eliciting these changes.


Dr Timothy Newsome.

Research location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program type



This project involves techniques such as molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, cell culturing, viral genetics and microscopy.  Outcomes of this project are insights into host-pathogen interactions and the regulation of cell behaviour.

Additional information

Applicants will need to be vaccinated with vaccinia virus.

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2460