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 eukaryotic genomes. The University of Sydney has recently established a Genome Editing Initiative to develop capacity in this emerging technology.


Professor Greg Neely

Research Location

Charles Perkins Centre - Greg Neely Lab

Program Type



As part of this initiative, we are currently recruiting exceptional individuals for a variety of projects to apply new genome editing technologies for basic and medical research. The goal of these projects is to combine genome editing technologies with human stem cells and stem cell-derived tissues to characterize new human genes and/or identify new biological principles, with a focus on neurological function and longevity. The unprecedented power of these new technologies means we are now positioned to understand and control human biology in a way that would be considered science fiction only a few years ago.

These positions are offered in the laboratory of A/Prof Greg Neely ( With these projects, we are also offering excellence in genome editing top up scholarships of up to $12000 pear year for students with a record of outstanding academic achievement who are granted a research training program (RTP) or equivalent post graduate scholarship. In addition, funds may also be available to support yearly travel overseas to relevant conferences or to visit academic collaborators in Europe or North America.

For further information or to express interest in a PhD in genome editing, please contact A/Prof Greg Neely (

Additional Information

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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Genome editing, CRISPR

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2356

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