Graduate research students

2018 GR students
2018 PhD students
Front row: Rebecca Pang, Robert Cooper, Dijina Swaroop, Hattapark Dejakaisaya, Rizky Abi Rachmadi (BMedSc(Hons)), Nadya Anindita (BMedSc(Hons)), Akshita Rana.
2nd row: Anisha Ansari, Magelage Perera, Charithani Bhagya Keragala, Flavia Medeiros Gomes, Rebecca Smith, Natasha Janko, Ignatius Pradipta (BMedSc(Hons)), Ryan Wortman, Professor Rob Medcalf (Postgraduate student coordinator)
3rd row: Daniel So, Anna Willard, Feng Yan, Chloe Durugan.
Back row: Bradley Gardiner, Emma Foster, Robb Wesselingh, Joshua Laing, Paige Folette, Carolyn Breadon, Justin Cole, Rishabh Sharma

Central Clinical School (CCS), in association with Alfred Health, the Burnet and Baker research institutes, has 135 postgraduate students undertaking medical research in a wide variety of subject areas, ranging from basic research to translational clinical settings. This page lists current PhD and Masters students enrolled in CCS and annual completions. To see students in particular departments, click on the department links below. Note, most people's contact details can be found through the Monash staff directory.


CCS HDR students archive (enrolments and completions)

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2017 Post Graduate Symposium

2017 Pstgraduate Symposium winners

Winners from the 2017 Post Graduate symposium, held on 17 November 2017

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)

Ms Krystal Bergin
Clinical outcomes, prognostic indicators and mechanisms of relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM)

Miss Rose Brazilek
An investigation of platelet and endothelial cell function under complex haemodynamic conditions

Ms Ashlee Conway
Characterisation of red cell mutants identified in an ENU mutagenesis screen

Dr Katherine Cummins
Identification and modification of the CD123 epitope targeted by CAR-T-cell therapy

Ms Maria Daglas
Investigating the long term effects of traumatic brain injury on the immune and fibrinolytic system

Mr Michael De Vries
The role of Grainyhead-like transcription factors in craniofacial development

Mr Dominik Draxler
New approaches for traumatic brain injury

Mr Shaun Fleming
Investigating the role of post-remission therapies to extinguish founder clones in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Miss Shauna French
Defining the function of the thrombin receptor, PAR4, on human platelets

Dr Wei Say Wayne Hauw
Evaluation of targeted immunotherapeutic agents in reducing haemophilia arthropathy in murine models

Miss Minhee Halemba
Targeting the survival pathways in acute myeloid leukemia cells

Dr Rania Hashad
Polyethylene glycol Nanoparticles as Novel Oncotheranostic agents

Mr Jay Hocking
Evaluation of the mechanism/s of action of MEK inhibitors in Multiple Myeloma

Ms Anna Kalff
Multiple myeloma- strategies to predict outcomes in the era of novel anti-myeloma therapies

Ms Charithani Keragala
Plasminogen activating system and complement

Ms Jaclyn Lange
Development of responsive PEG nanoparticles

Ms Sarah Luu
Improving outcomes in patients with reduced splenic function

Ms Wing Man
Investigating the pathogenesis and disease progression of multiple myeloma

Ms Fiona McCutcheon
The role of platelet derived APP in traumatic brain injury

Dr Eileen Merriman
Management of distal DVT-A  treatment paradigm

Mr Mitchell Moon
Developing unique anti-platelet drugs for improved heart attack and stroke prevention

Mr Steven Ngo
Engaging differentiation of immature leukemic cells in acute myeloid leukemia

Mr Ethan Oxley
Mechanisms of tumour suppression by PU.1 in acute myeloid leukaemia

Dr Keith Potent
Clinical applications of systemic bacteriophage therapy in medicine: novel advances in nanosurgery

Ms Akshita Rana
Shear-sensitive, single-chain antibody targeted nanocapsules: a novel platform for smart targeted an

Ms Maria Selvadurai
Examining PI3KC2a as an anti-thrombotic drug target

Mr Mina Takawy
Role of ZEB/NuRD Interactions in Haematopoiesis and Lymphoid Malignancies

Mr Andrej Terzic
Structure-function analysis of protein arginine methyltransferase 5

Ms Abbey Willcox
A novel therapy for hepatic veno-occlusive disease with recombinant endothelial-targeted CD39 (NTPDa)

Ms Tricia Wright
Developing a model of care for survivorship in haematopoietic stem cell recipients in Victoria

Mr Feng Yan
Unveil the distinct signature of LSCs in transcriptome level, epigenetic level and genomic level

Master's students

Dr Ing Soo Tiong
Harmonisation and prospective validation of AML molecular MRD testing in Australia

Baker Research Institute

Dr Christopher Bain
Pre-exisiting genetic and epigenetic determinants perioperative inflammation and drug response

Ms Anna Beale
Epidemiological determinants of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

Mr Habtamu Beyene
Plasma lipid profiling: Lipidomic risk assessment for type 2 diabetes in the Australian population

Dr Susan Corcoran
Autonomic Mechanisms of Recurrent Syncope

Dr Benedict Costello
Non-Invasive Assessment of Central Haemodynamics and Cardiac Performance

Mr Martin Ezeani
Hypertrophic Atrial Function and Therapeutic Interventions

Miss Beverly Giam
Pathological Role of Endothelial Dysfunction in the development of the cardiorenal syndrome

Mr Michael Keating
Novel Regulation of Lipid Metabolism

Mr Shane Nanayakkara
Developing preventative and therapeutic strategies in HFPEF

Mr Sudip Paul
Plasmalogen modulation as a treatment for atherosclerosis

Mr Gerard Pernes
The role of lipids in macrophage function in health and disease

Miss Ee Yu
Development of Targeted Drug Therapies in Acute Thrombosis Mouse Models

Burnet Institute jointly with DImP & Medicine

Ms Liriye Kurtovic
The role of complement in antibody-mediated immune mechanisms against malaria

Ms Riya Palchaudhuri
Towards a point of care test for sepsis-biomarkers of inflammation

Ms Michelle Wong
Targeting HIV in monocytes and macrophages to achieve HIV cure

Department of Diabetes

Mr Pacific Huynh
The role of CDA1 in an Experimental Model of  Diabetes-Associated Renal Fibrosis

Mr Jack Jerome
Interactions between vasoactive factors and adaptive immunity in diabetic retinopathy

Mr Runa Lindbloom
Does Bax drive mitochondrial dysfunction and cell death in diabetic nephropathy?

Mr Muthukumar Mohan
The protective role of lipoxins against Diabetic Complications

Mr Matthew Snelson
The effects of dietary advanced glycation endproducts on gut homeostasis and chronic kidney disease

Department of Gastroenterology

Ms Mary Ajamian
Investigating the brain-gut connection through related markers of gut dysfunction and damage

Dr Zaid Ardalan
New approaches in managing pouchitis

Ms Britt Christensen
Improving clinical, endoscopic and histological outcomes in IBD

Mr Paul Gill
Characterisation of immune and epigenetic effects of short chain fatty acids in humans

Ms Natasha Janko
The Utilization of ROTEM as a Novel Predictor of Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis

Mrs Shara Ket
Colonoscopic Polypectomy on THIENOPYRIDINES - A randomized controlled trial

Mr Soumya Majumdar
Clinical predictors and outcomes in cirrhosis and portal hypertension

Mr Majid Mehravar
Identifying patterns of differentially expressed microRNAs and RNAs in diabetic nephropathy

Dr Gauri Mishra
Evaluation of Prognostic Factors for Survival in Patients With HCC Undergoing Treatment with TACE

Mrs Judith Moore
Novel interventional strategies for chronic constipation

Dr Tamara Mogilevski
Electrical VAgal StimulatION in Ulcerative Colitis - EVASION-UC

Mr Daniel So
Sugar cane fibre - understanding efficacy and value creation

Department of Immunology and Pathology including AIRMed

Ms Anisha Ansari
Characterisation of protein arginine methyltransferase 1 (PRMT1) in natural killer cells

Miss Alicia Chenoweth
Novel Roles of Fc Receptors in Inflammation

Mr Jasper Cornish
The role of NFkB1 in follicular B cell homeostasis and function

Ms Dragana Dragoljevic
Mechanisms of accelerated atherogenesis in rheumatoid arthritis

Ms Michelle Flynn
Targeting S100A8/A9 to reduce atherosclerosis in diabetes

Miss Nina Hagan
Analysis and modulation of the auto-immune response in-vitro and in-vivo using monoclonal antibodies

Mr Abhirup Jayasimhan
Role of MHC class I expression in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes

Mr Nikolce Kocovski
Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies to Snake Venom

Ms Angela Nguyen
Characterisation of the MHC Class Ib family as ligands for Ly49 on Natural Killer cells

Ms Pin Quah
The roles of BAFF, B , NK and NKT cells in solid tumours

Ms Lakshanie Wickramasinghe Mudiyanselage
Investigating inflammatory and genetic factors affecting lung morphogenesis in Bronchopulmonary Dysp

Ms Amy Wilson
Investigation of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) in Ovarian Cancer

Master's students

Miss Mahtab Parvaresh
The role of NFKB molecules in NK cell development

Department of Medicine including APoM, DID, MSHC, Peninsula and AIRmed

Mr Iain Abbott
Optimisation of beta-lactam antibiotic therapy to improve efficacy & combat emergence of resistance

Dr Vincent Cornelisse
Gonococcal transmission patterns in Australia

Miss Dugyu Durukan
Novel approaches to treatment and testing of sexually transmitted infections

Dr Bradley Gardiner
Improving outcomes of CMV infection in solid organ transplant recipients 

Dr Sarah Gutman
Advanced Imaging Techniques in the Detection of Rheumatic Heart Disease

Mr Jonathan Hiller
Exploring opportunities for physio-pharmacological interventions in the perioperative period to infl

Dr Alex Huang
Role of HMGB1 in atherothrombosis

Mr Kevin Huynh
The role of plasmalogens in Alzheimer's disease

Dr Sarah Janssens
Use of visual aids for allocation of leadership and roles in ad hoc emergency teams

Mr Antony Kaspi
The Identification of Clinically Relevant Therapies for Human Disease via High Throughput Sequencing

Ms Min Kim
Delineating the role of mct8 in driving oligodendrocyte precursor cell maturation

Ms Emily King
Does skeletal muscle mitochondrial dysfunction cause insulin resistance?

Dr Jillian Lau
Social and clinical studies of interventions towards HIV cure 

Dr Katherine Langan
A prospective, randomised, double-blind trial of extended- versus bolus- infusion -lactam

Ms Rosie Latimer
Mycoplasma genitalium

Mr Man Lee
Lipid Metabolism in Different Monocyte and Macrophage Subsets in Cardiovascular Disease

Ms Evelyn Lindsay
Structural organisation and segregation of function in the cerebellum: Motor, cognitive and emotional aspects

Mrs Julia Loseff-Silver
Development of new Inhibitors of the "Pro-inflammatory CRP system"

Dr Nenad Macesic
Polymyxin resistance: use of novel bioinformatics approaches to preserve 'last line' antibiotics

Mr Sourabh Mehta
Smart Nanoparticles for Detection of Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaques and their Therapeutic Stabilisation

Kristopher Nilsen
Detection and quantification of ventilation heterogeneity in asthma using hyperpolarised helium MRI

Ms Rebecca Pang
Evaluating the effectiveness of Community coordinated care in reducing hospital presentations

Dr Stavroula Papapostolou
The Emerging role of Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging Modalities in Transcatheter Therapies

Dr Jyotika Prasad
Defining Clinically Meaningful Outcomes in Lung Fibrosis

Miss Erica Plummer
Understanding the pathogenesis of Bacterial Vaginosis

Larissa Ratten
Using metagenomic techniques to determine the cause of NGU and BV

Dr Jennifer Reilly
The impact of routine perioperative risk assessment and risk-stratified postoperative management on

Dr Jeeva Sanjeevan
Targeting the small airways has a pivotal role in treating patients with uncontrolled asthma

Miss Amy Searle
Novel, Innovative and risk-free fibrinolytic drug targeting to activated platelets

Mr Waled Shihata
Pathophysiological Effects of High Intraluminal Pressure in Cardiovascular Disease

Dr Mark Shulman
Measurement of disability and other patient-centred outcome measures in a surgical populaiton

Dr Kasha Singh
Liver disease in HIV-Hepatitis B co-infection

Mr Ramkrishna Singh
Development of health foods from xylan rich sources

Mrs Dihina Swaroop
Therapeutic targeting of grhl3 dependent pathways in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Dr Janet Towns
Epidemic syphilis in Victoria 2015: Strategies to improve prevention, early detection and treatment

Ms Ya-Lan Ying
Identification and characterization of unstable atherosclerosis plaque associated microRNA

Master's students

Mr James Broadley
Autoimmune encephalitis - radiological and biochemical parameters

Dr Justin Cole
The Association between Inflammation and Coronary Microcirculation in Patients with Coronary

Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre (MAPrc)

Dr Caroline Breadon
Neuroendocrinology and autoimmune triggers for post-partum psychosis

Mr Xianwei Che
Exploring the processes linking social support to pain relief

Mr Leonard Chen
Optimising the clinical efficiency and efficacy of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)

Mr Sung Chung
Developing optimal methods for theta burst prefrontal brain stimulation

Mr Robert Cooper
Effect of tACS frequency, amplitude and synchronisation on working memory

Ms Marie-Claire Davis
Therapeutic Transcranial Brain Stimulation in Progressive Neurological Disease

Ms Heather Gilbert
Development of a New Model of Support and Advocacy for Pregnant Women & New Mothers with SMI

Mr Aron Hill
Exploring the Neurobiological Foundations of Cognitive Enhancement with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Miss Andrew Marcu
Investigating the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on individuals with Working Memory Impairment

Miss Aleksandra Miljevic
Associations between individual differences, rTMS-induced brain changes and relapse in depression

Ms Sin Ng
Understanding the role of negative beliefs and emotion regulation in chronic low back pain

Ms Magelage Perera
Treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder using transcranial alternating current stimulation

Miss Jacqueline Riddiford
Investigating ocular-motor correlates of abnormal mirror system functioning in autism

Ms Elizabeth Thomas
The influence of the glutamatergic system on cognition across the schizotypy/schizophrenia continuum

Department of Neuroscience

Mr Hattapark Dejakaisaya
Acquired Epilepsy in Alzheimer's Disease

Ms Paige Foletta 
Elucidating the pathophysiological signature of visual snow

Ms Emma Foster 
First Seizure Assessment and Management

Ms Mahima Kapoor 
Management and monitoring of inflammatory neuropathies

Mr Joshua Laing
The Development and Management of Post Traumatic Epilepsy

Mrs Flavia Medeiros Gomes
Stress, antidepressants and epilepsy

Mr Daniel Merlo 
Early diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of subclinical cognitive decline in multiple sclerosi

Mr Abkar Sayad 
Development of a low cost, point-of-care diagnostic platform for biomedical application

Mr Rishabh Sharma 
Peripheral inflammation as a novel mechanism of epileptogenesis after brain injury

Mr Robb Wesselingh 
Examining the peripheral and CNS immunological pathways in autoimmune encephalitis

Dr Anna Willard 
Use of dietary therapies for treatment of epilepsy in Australian patients

Mr Ryan Wortman 
The implications of APOE4 and BDNF regulation following repeat mild traumatic brain injury

Master's students

Mr Runxuan Lin
A152T tau mutation facilitates Abeta-induced epileptic kindling susceptibility

Ms Lin Zhang 
Movement disorders and Headache management

Department of Surgery and NTRI

Mr Stephen Bell
The relationship between obesity and colorectal cancer

Dr Christopher Groombridge
Immediate decision making in resuscitation scenarios

Ms Geraldine Ooi
Pathophysiology and treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Effects of bariatric surgery

Miss Katrina Woodford
Feasibility of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for locally advanced non-small-cell lung carcinoma

Master's students

Mr James Farag
Post Cardiotomy Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support

Mr Sean Huang
The Role of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mpMRI) in the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

Ms Yazmin Johari Halim Shah
Mechanism of weight loss in bariatric surgery

Mr Cheng Lo
Clinical application of cultured epithelial autografts (CEA) in burn injuries

Ms Katherine Martin
Improving Outcomes in Patients with Chest Injury

Mr Rowan Miller
Establishing Multiparametric MRI as a standard of care in the screening of prostate cancer