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A novel non-invasive diagnostic for endometriosis/adenomyosis

Description 
Women with endometriosis and adenomyosis suffer for up to 10 years in pain before a diagnosis is made. This is in part due to lack of a non-invasive diagnostic test. Endometriosis affects 10% of girls and women and is characterised by lesions of endometrial tissue form throughout the pelvic cavity, causing pain, disease and infertility. Adenomyosis is a related condition where lesions form within the myometrial layer of the uterus. This project will build upon our novel findings that menstrual fluid may serve as a novel non-invasive diagnostic for endometriosis and adenomoysis. The project involves quantitation and functional characterisation of endometrial stem/progenitor cells and plasma proteins. Techniques include tissue culture, flow cytometry, ELISA, and immunofluorescence. Techniques employed can be tailored to suit the interests of the student. This project has international funding.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
Keywords 
Endometriosis, flow cytometry, stem cells, diagnostics
School 
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health / Hudson Institute of Medical Research » Obstetrics and Gynaceology
Available options 
PhD/Doctorate
Masters by research
Honours
BMedSc(Hons)
Time commitment 
Full-time
Top-up scholarship funding available 
No
Physical location 
Monash Health Translation Precinct (Monash Medical Centre)
Co-supervisors 
Dr 
Caitlin Filby

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