PHD Scholarship - Developing New Diagnostic Tests and Therapies for Respiratory Diseases

Thursday, 24 August 2017

PhD Scholarships are available through the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle for a student to investigate new diagnostic tests and therapies for respiratory diseases under the supervision of Dr Gerard Kaiko and Professor Paul Foster.

PhD scholarship opportunities exist to train in one of Australia's leading respiratory disease centres, the Priority Research Centre for Healthy Lungs.

PhD projects are available to work with Dr. Gerard Kaiko and Professor Paul Foster examining a new diagnostic test for Cystic Fibrosis, and the cell and molecular mechanisms involved in lung regeneration in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

The candidate will obtain training in a range of techniques including cellular and molecular biology, CRISPR, human primary cell culture, mouse models of respiratory disease, application of transgenic systems, measurement of lung function and flow cytometry analysis.

The projects combine aspects of both basic and clinical research.

The aim will be to translate research findings into improved outcomes for Cystic Fibrosis and COPD patients.

This project will be based at the new Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) in collaboration with some of the world's leading respiratory disease researchers.


Scholarship Value: $26,682 p.a. (2017 rate), indexed in January each year.


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. The scholarship is open to domestic and international applicants.


Applicants are advised to contact Gerard Kaiko.

Contact: Gerard Kaiko
Ph: +61 2 4042 0227

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1st November 2017

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