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Student Research Opportunities

Information for Students

Image of studentThe QRC-PVD seeks expressions of interest from outstanding PhD, Masters and Honours candidates with relevant science backgrounds to undertake a range of peripheral vascular disease related projects encompassing both pre-clinical and clinical work. Both full and top-up scholarships are available for applicants with excellent academic results and who are motivated to study this important area.

Postgraduate Students

Potential PhD projects in the QRC-PVD include:

  • Developing new mice models of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)

  • Investigating the effect of medication on aneurysm development and progression in mice models

  • Relating human biomarkers to AAA presence and progression

  • Investigating mechanisms underlying the association of obesity and AAA

  • Investigating the influence of exercise on pathological markers of AAA.

  • Assessing the influence of cytokines on aneurysm development in mice models.

Students interested in undertaking a PhD or Masters project in the QRC-PVD should contact Professor Jon Golledge to discuss these and other projects of mutual interest.

Scholarship Opportunities

Higher degree students may be eligible for a scholarship through the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scheme or the James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship scheme. Other scholarship opportunities may also be available, please visit Scholarships@JCU to search available scholarships.

The QRCPVD offers Combined PhD scholarships of up to $34,000 p.a to APA or JCU post graduate scholarship holders who wish to undertake research within the QRCPVD at James Cook University. Further information and application forms can be found at:

Honours Students

Students who have completed their undergraduate training in a MBBS, BSc, BBiomedSc, BMedlabSc or equivalent program and are interested in participating in the Medicine or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honours Program are encouraged to contact Professor Jon Golledge . Honours studies require a full-time commitment for one year (two semesters) and can start in either February or August.

Potential Honours Projects in the QRC-PVD include:

  • Pharmacological inhibition of aortic aneurysm using an animal model.

  • Genetic determinants of aortic aneurysm development in an animal model.

  • Genetic determinants of aortic aneurysm in patients.

  • Examining critical pathways in aortic aneurysm in vitro using human cells and explants.

  • Examining critical pathways in atherosclerosis plaque instability in vitro.

  • Examining genetics of varicose veins.

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