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Novel therapy to prevent and treat kidney fibrosis

Progressive kidney disease is a global health burden most commonly caused by diabetes and obesity, which are dramatically on the rise. In Australia, 1 in 3 adults are at risk of dev more...

Supervisor(s): Saad, Sonia (Dr), Pollock, Carol (Professor)

• Roles of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), E-cadherin, beta-catenin, transforming growth factor (TGF-beta), epithelial & endothelial –mesenchymal transition in pathogenesis of kidney fibrosis.

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)

Identifying the causes of fibrosis after kidney transplantation

This is a PhD project. The successful applicant will be top up scholarship. This study will lead to publish high quality of papers and apply a new NHMRC project grant. more...

Supervisor(s): O'Connell, Philip (Professor)

• 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)

Design and synthesis of selective anion receptors to facilitate transmembrane anion transport in epithelial cells

CF is a recessive genetic condition that results from the dysregulation of anion transport through the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator anion channel in epithelial cell membr more...

Supervisor(s): Gale, Philip (Professor)

Nutrient regulation of the stem cell compartment

Australia is among the countries with the fastest growing rates of overweight and obesity, which by 2025 will affect >70% of the population. Chronic diseases linked to obesity in more...

Supervisor(s): George, Jacob (Professor)

Immuno-metabolism of macrophages in inflammatory diseases

In metabolic organs like the liver and fat, macrophage infiltration plays a pivotal role in driving low-grade chronic inflammation that results in many of the consequences of obesi more...

Supervisor(s): George, Jacob (Professor)

The role of key driver genes in the pathogenesis of acute renal allograft rejection

This is a PhD project. The successful applicant will be top up scholarship. This study will lead to publish high quality of papers and apply a new NHMRC project grant. more...

Supervisor(s): O'Connell, Philip (Professor), Hu, Min (Dr)

Predicting the future risk of chronic kidney disease in offspring of obese mothers with and without type 2 diabetes

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major health burden driven mostly by obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. 1/3 of diabetic patients are at risk of CKD progression for unknown reas more...

Supervisor(s): Saad, Sonia (Dr), Pollock, Carol (Professor)

Harmful or beneficial aspects of oral facial tissue and environment to the cardiac regeneration: Periodontitis may worsen the outcome of cardiac function after injury whilst the orofacial stem cells may augment their regenerative capacity.

A rodent model of myocardial injury will be used to investigate cardiac function. We will investigate the detrimental effect of a chronic inflammatory disease (periodontitis) on car more...

Supervisor(s): Xaymardan, Munira (Dr), Eberhard, Joerg (Professor)