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Gene therapy for genetic and acquired diseases of the liver and haematopoietic system.

We are working on developing new therapies for the treatment of genetic and acquired diseases of the liver and haematopoietic system. The Gene Therapy Research Unit has a diverse se more...

Supervisor(s): Alexander, Ian (Professor), Ginn, Samantha (Dr), Logan, Grant (Dr)

Generation of a sheep model of Batten disease using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system

The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs, Batten disease) are a group of fatal neurodegenerative inherited diseases in humans and animals (http://bdsra.org/). There is no cure, but more...

Supervisor(s): Tammen, Imke (Associate Professor), Grupen, Christopher Gerald (Associate Professor)

Gene function and RNA processing in gut endoderm development

This project aims to unravel the impact of RNA processing on the function the targets of a RNA binding protein in the development of the embryonic gut and the associated organs. more...

Supervisor(s): Fossat, Nicolas (Dr), Tam, Patrick (Professor)

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)

Genomic medicine for unravelling the challenges of pathogenesis and treatment of blindness due to childhood cataract and glaucoma

Novel disease genes and variants are identified that contribute to the blinding eye diseases of childhood cataract and glaucoma.  In this project further novel variants will be more...

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

Towards a cure for Type I diabetes mellitus

Transfect a lentivirus construct expressing an immunosuppressive peptide in islet cells for the treatment of diabetes type I more...

Supervisor(s): Manolios, Nicholas (Professor), Logan, Grant (Dr)

Investigating the links between telomerase and the DNA damage response in cancer cells

The ribonucleoprotein enzyme telomerase counteracts telomere shortening in a majority of cancers, allowing for unlimited cell division. Most normal cells do not express telomerase, more...

Supervisor(s): Bryan, Tracy (Professor)

Investigation on the causes for keratoconus

This project will be suitable for PhD students, and it can also be broken down to small projects for master students. It is basic science research based, and the student will experi more...

Supervisor(s): Sutton, Gerard (Professor), You, Jingjing (Dr)

• 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)

• 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)