The University of Newcastle, Australia

Drug Repurposing for Treatment-Resistant Ovarian Cancer

Closing Date: 11 December 2020Apply Now

PhD Scholarship

The Centre for Drug Repurposing and Medicines Research is seeking expressions of interest from suitable candidates for the inaugural Jill Emberson Pink Meets Teal PhD scholarship in ovarian cancer research.

Centre for Drug Repursosing and Medicines Research

High grade serous (HGS) ovarian cancer, the most common subtype of ovarian cancer, has a poor 5-year survival rate due to disease recurrence and resistance to current therapies.

Effective new therapies are urgently required. Drug repurposing is a method for identifying new uses for approved or investigational drugs that are outside the scope of the original intended or approved medical use.

This project will be undertaken in the Centre for Drug Repurposing and Medicines Research laboratory located in the Hunter Medical Research Institute, as part of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) funded Australian Program for Drug Repurposing for Treatment-Resistant Ovarian Cancer.

The project will involve screening of ovarian cancer cell lines using advanced pharmacology, molecular and cellular biology techniques to identify potential drugs to be repurposed for ovarian cancer.

The scholarship is supported by the generosity of the late Jill Emberson's Pink Meets Teal, family, friends and supporters and the Oxfords Hockey Club.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Nikola Bowden

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

The successful candidate will be required to have experience or training in science communication, or be willing to undertake these activities in addition to the lab-based research outlined. The applicant will need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission.

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 11 December 2020.

Applications Close 11 December 2020 Apply Now

Contact Nikola Bowden
Phone +61 2 4042 0277

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