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UON PhD scholarships and opportunities

Blue Haze

Wall Turbulence Control: Beyond the Canonical Smooth Wall Case

Closing Date: 31 May 2019
PhD Scholarship

The project aims at filling a critical knowledge gap in the area of wall turbulence control, by investigating for the first time, using both theory and experiments, how a rough wall turbulent boundary layer responds to perturbations such as wall suction and blowing.

Psychological and Social Functioning in Dementia

Qualitative Evaluation of Participation in a Randomised Controlled Trial of Post-Stroke Recovery

Closing Date: 31 May 2019
PhD Scholarship

Applications are invited from suitable domestic graduates for a PhD scholarship in the Research and Innovation Division at the University of Newcastle. This PhD research will use innovative qualitative methods to answer questions regarding barriers and enablers of implementing task specific training post-stroke, and to explore appropriate knowledge translation strategies to ensure that qualitative findings are communicated in a meaningful way.

Brain stroke

Blood-brain barrier dysfunction in cardiovascular disease

Closing Date: 31 May 2019
PhD Scholarship

Irregular and rapid heartbeat can lead to cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, blood clots and stroke, affecting millions of people worldwide. Recent evidence suggests a link between cardiovascular disease and brain injury, most likely due to disrupted blood-brain barrier (BBB, the physiological barrier that protects the brain from blood-borne toxins and pathogens, and regulates molecular traffic between the blood and the brain). Maintaining normal blood flow is essential for brain endothelial function, including maintaining barrier integrity. We have shown that microvessicles (MVs, small membraneous vesicles released by cells) are released from brain endothelial cells during inflammatory conditions leading to barrier dysfunction. We hypothesise that MVs released during conditions with altered blood flow or sheer stress will lead to disruption of the BBB and worsening of outcomes. The aim of this project is to investigate the underlying mechanisms with a focus on the BBB.

Deoxyribonucleic acid

The Link Between Aberrations in the P53 Pathway and Outcome from DNA-Damaging Therapies in Breast Cancer

Closing Date: 30 June 2019
PhD Scholarship

This project will involve analysis of breast cancer tissues by IHC and next-generation sequencing; as well as functional investigation in pre-clinical cell line models, to determine how aberrations in the p53 pathway affect DNA-damaging therapy outcome in breast cancer.

Ecological Health

Environmental Factors Controlling Absorption and Impact of Metallic Anions in Plants

Closing Date: 30 June 2019
PhD Scholarship

This project will develop new information and modelling approaches for the absorption and impacts of metallic anions in plants, which will provide new insights on ecotoxicological modelling for inorganic anionic toxicants.

Algal Bacteria

Microbial Genomics for Assessing the Health of Water Resources

Closing Date: 30 June 2019
PhD Opportunity

Disruption of the chemical and physical balance of aquatic microbial communities can result in the proliferation of harmful organisms, including toxic “blue-green algae” and opportunistic pathogens. In all ecosystems, from the human gut to rivers, these tiny organisms are the "first responders" to environmental health and disease. Characterisation of the microbial and biochemical basis for water quality in resilient and impacted ecosystems will be invaluable for establishing future guidelines for water quality and safety. The innovative approach, predictive nature and translational capacity of this research project will enable water quality managers to develop contingency plans to reduce threats to freshwater supplies.

Maitland railway flood image

Flood Disaster Risk Reduction through Effective Community Engagement

Closing Date: 14 July 2019
PhD Scholarship

Effective community engagement is essential to public safety on floodplains. In times of global warming, floodplains face significant challenges from sea level rise, changing riparian ecosystems, together with increasing pressure to develop them for agricultural, recreational and residential purposes. Optimising relationships and messaging between floodplain management authorities, emergency services, and the community might be the most effective risk reduction strategy; best practice community engagement is therefore essential.

Yoga

Implementing the Provision of Care to Address Chronic Disease Risk Behaviours in Community Mental Health Services

Closing Date: 28 July 2019
PhD Scholarship

This research project addresses the need to facilitate the adoption of evidence-based behaviour change strategies and support for people with mental illness into routine practice. It will involve the use of evidenced-based, clinical practice change strategies to support the implementation of AAR (Assess, Advise, and Refer) preventive care within community mental health services in the Hunter New England Local Health District.

Community Managed Organisations and Preventive Care for Chronic Disease Risk Behaviours

Closing Date: 28 July 2019
PhD Scholarship

Exploring the potential and current activities of Community Managed Organisations across NSW to incorporate preventive care for chronic disease risk behaviours into the support they provide to mental health consumers. The focus of this project is understanding what models of delivery, as well as infrastructure and resources, may facilitate preventive care in these settings.

Adult Mucosal Stem Cells in Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Diseases

Closing Date: 31 July 2019
PhD Scholarship

Studying the role of mucosal adult stem cells in lung and gastrointestinal tract tissue repair and inflammation using 3D technology, and applying cutting edge technology to build assays for translational medicine.

Securing Data Communications Using Information Theory

Closing Date: 31 July 2019
PhD Scholarship

This project aims to use information-theoretic approaches to analyse and derive fundamental limits for data transfer in communication networks, with a special focus on data security.

AML

Epigenetic Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Closing Date: 31 August 2019
PhD Scholarship

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a predominantly fatal disease characterised by cellular heterogeneity and epigenomic dysregulation. This project will use cutting-edge single-cell multi-omic methods to investigate epigenetic heterogeneity during AML progression.

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Robotics

Visual Mesh Based Multi-Object Tracking

Closing Date: 31 March 2019
PhD Scholarship

The project objective is to achieve the highest currently possible frame rates when tracking several targets of known size and shape from a static camera with high accuracy and robustly in high resolution video.

Multiple sclerosis

Epigenomics in Multiple Sclerosis

Closing Date: 01 May 2019
PhD Scholarship

This project will involve analysis of MS EWAS data sets currently being generated using the Illumina Epic Arrays. Given the large amount of data involved and the complex computational and statistical models to be applied, this project will be heavily focused on data analysis.