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Understanding how cell polarity is patterned in plants

The symmetrical arrangements of leaves and flowers have long fascinated artists and mathematicians alike for hundreds of years. Using live-imaging, molecular biology and genetics, t more...

Supervisor(s): Heisler, Marcus (Associate Professor)

Computational characterisation of trans-regulatory cell systems

This project aims provide enabling computational and statistical methods for characterising trans-regulatory networks in cell systems. The goal is to discover regulatory networks th more...

Supervisor(s): Yang, Pengyi (Dr)

The role of a novel mutant gene in dementia and motor neuron disease

We have identified a new gene that when mutated causes dementia and motor neuron disease (MND), diseases that are currently incurable. This project will examine how this mutated gen more...

Supervisor(s): Dobson-Stone, Carol (Dr)

Sleep and Cancer: The role of intermittent hypoxia

Background: Recent epidemiological studies have shown that patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) have higher rates of cancer and cancer mortality however the underlying mecha more...

Supervisor(s): Cook, Kristina (Dr), Cistulli, Peter (Professor)

The DNA replication stress response

Genome integrity in human cells is maintained through the coordinated functions of the DNA damage response. We study these processes with particular interest in the pathways that re more...

Supervisor(s): Cesare, Tony (Dr)

Pathways to therapies in blinding genetic retinal eye diseases

In this project, novel disease genes and variants are identified that cause blinding retinal eye diseases. Cellular, gene editing, proteomic and animal model approaches are taken to more...

Supervisor(s): Jamieson, Robyn (Associate Professor)

Pharmacological targeting of sphingosine 1-phosphate receptors to promote remyelination in Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis

In this project you will investigate a new molecular pathway that is required for normal myelin formation, and the therapeutic potential of targeting this pathway to promote remyeli more...

Supervisor(s): Don, Anthony (Associate Professor)

Discovery and validation of new ceramide synthase inhibitors to treat metabolic disease

Ceramide synthase enzyme isoforms 1, 5, and 6, are heavily implicated as drivers of obesity, insulin resistance, and diabetes. Targeting these enzymes is expected to yield new thera more...

Supervisor(s): Don, Anthony (Associate Professor), Qi, Jacob (Dr)

• Targeting β-catenin/Foxo to maximize anti-inflammatory and wound healing effects while preventing profibrotic effects of TGF-β as a novel treatment of chronic kidney diseases.

21,000 Australians receive kidney replacement therapy and many more die of kidney failure as a result of kidney fibrosis. TGF-β, a growth factor causing kidney fibrosis, is als more...

Supervisor(s): Zheng, Guoping (Dr), Harris, David (Professor)

CRISPR-based genome editing

The recent development of genome editing technology is perhaps the single biggest technical breakthrough in the history of life sciences, allowing for near complete control over euk more...

Supervisor(s): Neely, Greg (Professor)