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Inflammation Research Scholarships


27,596 for three years, with the possibility of a 6 month extension.





Currently, we have 2x full-time postgraduate scholarships available for suitably qualified candidates with a strong Honours degree (or equivalent) in biomedical science, pharmacology, chemistry, biomedical engineering or pharmacy to undertake research studies leading to a PhD. Applicants must be Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand citizens, and prior publication/s in peer-reviewed journals would be highly desirable. International applicants will not be considered.

You will work in an established expert and high profile team that is internationally renowned for their studies of respiratory disease and have much support from Post-doctoral fellows, research assistant and technical officers, etc.


This project aims to elucidate the roles of newly discovered steroid receptors in the functions of mitochondria. We will characterise their impact on cellular respiration, oxidative stress, and the induction of inflammation. We will define these processes in the healthy state and in response to common environmental challenges of infection and smoke exposure. As a result we will characterise the fundamental biology of entirely new processes of how normal body hormones and administered steroids may function. This may eventually lead to new and more effective ways to control inflammation that will have significant benefits to mammalian health and improve health care and agriculture outcomes.


Emphysema is a major cause of illness and death and there are no good treatments. It is caused by smoking that induces lung inflammation and disease. Cellular respiration can become defective causing oxidative stress and inflammation and we think that these may drive emphysema. We have developed new treatments that restore cell respiration and stop oxidative stress. We will assess altered respiration and oxidative stress in emphysema and stop and/or reverse these changes with our new therapies.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for this application you must be either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, and hold the following or equivalent degree in biomedical science, pharmacology, chemistry, biomedical engineering or pharmacy:

  • Honours degree with First Class, or Second Class Division 1, or
  • MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a research thesis of at least 6 months.

Selection process

  • be highly motivated and capable of independent work
  • have a strong team focus
  • possess excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse range of people and within established collaborative teams
  • have knowledge of a research/laboratory environment and requirements
  • have prior publication/s in peer-reviewed journals
  • be computer literate in standard research software
  • be able to maintain thorough laboratory records
  • experience with standard lab techniques such as ELISA, RNA extraction, reverse transcription, qPCR, western blotting, cell culture, aseptic technique, histological analysis, Immunohistochemistry, Immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, and primer design.
  • Be able to conduct in vivo mouse models

Applications closed

31 May 2019

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