Image processing for understanding cell biology


In this project we aim to develop novel image and video processing algorithms and pipelines to better understand cell biology.


Dr Matloob Khushi

Research Location

Westmead - Childrens Medical Research Institute

Program Type



Advances in microscopy have revolutionized the study of cell biology. Digital images and live cell videos are now captured at the molecular level in order to understand differences between wild-type (control) and diseased organisms. Analysis of these feature rich images and videos presents a challenge, as existing image processing tools and methods in microscopy are very complex and lack utility in the analysis of these new types of images and videos.

In this project we aim to develop a suite of image analysis scripts in the Matlab programming environment for maximising signal to noise ratio, thresholding, and segmentation of regions of interest in digital images and videos capturing molecular processes important in the development of cancer. In addition, we will implement these scripts in a user-friendly interface to facilitate analysis by the cancer research community.

Relevant programming skills are a pre-requisite for this project.

Additional Information

Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is an award-winning state-of-the-art medical research facility, with over 100 full-time scientists dedicated to researching the genes and proteins important for health and human development. The CMRI is supported in part by its key fundraiser Jeans for Genes®. Our scientists are internationally recognised research leaders and foster excellence in postgraduate training. CMRI graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally.

CMRI is located at Westmead, a major hub for research and medicine in NSW, and is affiliated with the University of Sydney. Easy to access by public transport.

We are looking for top quality students who can prove a dedicated interest and enthusiasm for scientific research.

Candidates may apply for a CMRI PhD Research Award, which exceeds the Australian Postgraduate Awards and NHMRC scholarships in value. Visit the CMRI website for more details.

PhD entry: Honours Class I
Suitable for students from an ICT or engineering background with Matlab experience

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Matlab, Image processing, video processing

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2101

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