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Inflammation Research Scholarships - NHMRC



Three years, with the possibility of a 6 month extension.





Currently, we have 1x full-time NHMRC postgraduate scholarship available for suitably qualified candidates with a strong Honours degree (or equivalent, see below) in biomedical science, pharmacology, chemistry, biomedical engineering or pharmacy to undertake research studies leading to a PhD. Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand citizens are preferred, and prior publication/s in peer-reviewed journals would be highly desirable.

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.


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 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
  • 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.

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