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Our research is focussed on understanding how viruses and bacteria cause exacerbations of inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic...
Supervisor: Dr Belinda Thomas

Proteins containing a PHIST (Plasmodium helical interspersed sub-telomeric) domain constitute a multi- member family that are present in the most...
Supervisor: Professor Brian Cooke

The mechanisms by which Babesia bovis causes severe disease in susceptible cattle are not well understood, however, it is clear that alterations to...
Supervisor: Professor Brian Cooke

For the majority of DSD cases the underlying genetic aetiology is unknown. In males Sox9 is a critical ‘hub’ gene involved in sexual development. We...

Our lab is interested in immune cells within the central nervous system (CNS), and how these cells contribute to neuroinflammation and neurological...
Supervisor: Dr Samantha Dando

Acinetobacter baumannii has been identified as one of the top three dangerous Gram-negative hospital pathogens as it can cause a range of life-...

Research Aims: 1. to evaluate splenic function in patients labelled as congenital asplenics 2. to describe the clinical and immunological function...
Supervisor: Dr Ian Woolley

Our research program is focused on fibroblast-like stromal cells found in secondary lymphoid organs and tumours. These cells create the structure on...
Supervisor: Dr Anne Fletcher

This project will investigate the machinery involved in mitochondrial fission and fusion and the relationship between mitochondrial dynamics and...
Supervisor: Professor Mike Ryan

Characterisation, modelling and development of high precision cooperative multi-arm manipulation system for constrained environments [collaboration...

Approximately 55% of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder show cognitive impairment as evaluated using the Rao Brief Repeatable...

This project will require the student to examine Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT) profiles. The RAVLT is one of the most common...
Supervisor: Dr Marina Downing

Background: Our group is involved in an Australia-wide program (www.kidgen.org.au) which aims to identify novel causative genes in patients with...

Mitochondria are essential components of eukaryotic cells, carrying out critical physiological processes that include energy production and calcium...
Supervisor: Dr Brent Neumann

Characterising novel virulence mechanisms in the emerging hospital-acquired pathogen; Acinetobacter baumannii (A/Professor John Boyce, Dr Faye...

Background: Over 400,000 Australians are affected by diabetic kidney disease. Current clinical therapies only delay the progression to end stage...

We discovered 2 types of adult stem cells in human endometrium – epithelial progenitor and mesenchymal stem cell (eMSC) - likely responsible for its...

The extracellular matrix-associated Connective Tissue Growth Factor (CTGF) is considered a double-edged sword during organ development and repair, as...

It is now well-established that the cancer stroma, including cancer-associated fibroblasts, plays a major role in development and progression of this...
Supervisor: Professor Roger Daly

The microbial communities associated with every surface of our bodies are incredibly diverse, yet we know practically nothing about the majority of...
Supervisor: Dr Sam Forster

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