The University of Newcastle, Australia

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.

PhD scholarship opportunities exist to train in one of Australia's leading respiratory disease centres. PhD projects are available to work with Dr. Gerard Kaiko and Professor Paul Foster examining the function of adult airway and intestinal stem cells in tissue regeneration, and response to inflammation in respiratory diseases (such as asthma and cystic fibrosis) and gastrointestinal diseases (such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). There are also opportunities to work on directly translational projects using patient stem cells for diagnostic screening. The candidate will obtain training in a range of techniques including cellular and molecular biology, CRISPR, human 3D primary cell culture, mouse models of disease, bioinformatics, application of transgenic systems, and growing 'human tissues on chips' The projects combine aspects of both basic and clinical research. The aim will be to translate research findings into improved outcomes for patients. Projects are based at the new Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) in collaboration with some of the world's leading mucosal disease researchers.

PhD Scholarship details


$27,596 (2019 rate) per annum indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Gerard Kaiko

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

Domestic Australian students only. Must have: Experience in a laboratory, Honours Class One (or equivalent), or Masters degree (Research-based). Strong work ethic. Must meet criteria of English proficiency. Candidate must be available to commence between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2020. Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 31 July 2019.

Applications Close 31 July 2019

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