Graduate research students

This page is no longer maintained from September 2019. It's a published online record to date of the activity of our school, which we did in lieu of an annual report, but from here on the Graduate Research completions only will be recorded.

Central Clinical School (CCS), in association with Alfred Health, the Burnet and Baker research institutes, has 173 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 (as of 15 August 2019). 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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Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)

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

Dr Nicholas Bingham
Identification of biological pathways driving disease progression in extramedullary multiple myeloma

Miss Liesl Butler
Development of improved biomarkers and targeted therapies for myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs)

Dr Katherine Cummins
Modification and targetting of myeloid cell surface antigens (CD33 and CD123) to enchance the therapeutic index of CAR-T cells for acute myeloid leukemia.

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

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

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

Dr Rania Hashad
Targeted nano-theranostics for solid tumours

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

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

Miss Charlene Lam
Cancer metabolism and obesity-associated liver cancer.

Ms Jaclyn Lange
Development of responsive PEG nanoparticles

Miss Natasha Lee
Targeted delivery of CD39 to the ischaemic brain improves outcomes in stroke

Ms Sarah Luu
Improving outcomes in patients with reduced splenic function

Ms Fiona Mccutcheon
Modulating the plasminogen activation system to improve outcome in Alzheimers Disease

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

Dr Doen Ong
Novel approaches to improve clinical outcomes in TP53 mutant acute myeloid leukaemia

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

Mr Jason Palazzolo
Thrombin Responsive Nanoparticles for Prophylaxis and Treatment of Acute Thrombosis

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

Ms Akshita Rana
Project 1 - Targeting activated von Willebrand Factor (vWF) by the novel single chain antibody CR1 at shear rate gradients reducing occlusive thrombus formation
Project 2 - Shear-sensitive, single-chain antibody targeted nanocapsules: a novel platform for smart targeted antiplatelet drug delivery"

Dr Antonia Reale
Exosomes as prognostic and predictive biomarkers of therapeutic response in multiple myeloma

Ms Natasha Setiabakti
Targeting a novel anti-platelet mechanism for improved anti-thrombotic therapy

Ms Hannah Stevens
The Changing Landscape of Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism in Australia

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

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

Dr Hiu Yuen
Upper extremity venous thromboembolism

Ms Nurul Zainal Abidin
Targeting a novel anti-platelet mechanism for improved anti-thrombotic therapy


Dr Sally Campbell
Australian perspective of inherited bleeding disorders

Ms Chong Chua
Characterising pathways of treatment failure and responses to novel therapeutic strategies in AML

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

Baker Research Institute

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

Ms Mariam Beshay
Plasmalogen modulation: a potential therapeutic approach for metabolic diseases

Mr Habtamu Beyene

Ms Boyoun Choi
The nature of Early-Stage Cardiac Amyloidosis and Its diagnosis and management algorithm

Miss Olivia Cooney
The influence of high salt on gut immune cells and TH17 driven myelopoiesis and atherogenesis

Mr Himawan Fernando
Evaluation of optimal analgesic regimen in patients requiring dual antiplatelet therapy

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

Mr Michael Keating
Novel Regulation of Lipid Metabolism

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

Mrs Julia Loseff-Silver

Dr Jathushan Palasubramaniam
19F MRI Imaging of Thrombosis and Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque

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

Ms Nicola Sergienko
B55alpha: A novel regulator of cardiac hypertrophy

Ms Anida Velagic
Nitroxyl-based Therapies to Overcome NO Resistance in the Type 2 Diabetic Heart and Vasculature

Mr Aidan Walsh
Single Chain Antibodies for Diagnosis and Treatment of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis


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

Burnet Institute jointly with DImP & Medicine

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

Mr Hans Kek
NK Cell-Mediated Killing of HIV-infected Macrophages as Part of a Functional Cure Strategy

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

Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

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

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

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

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

Ms Sophia Wallace
Validation of the interactions of personal circumstances on 30 days alive and out of hospital

Department of Diabetes

Ms Alexandra Dimitropoulos
Understanding how structure influences the function of the Glyoxalse-1 protein

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

Miss Runa Lindblom
Does Bax drive mitochondrial dysfunction and cell death in diabetic nephropathy?

Mr Muthukumar Mohan
The protective role of lipoxins against Diabetic Complications


Miss Varaporn Suphapimol
Immunotherapy as a treatment for blindness in diabetes

Department of Gastroenterology

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

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

Dr Tamara Mogilevski
Utility of transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation in inflammatory bowel disease and gastroenterological symptoms

Ms Rebecca Smith
Evaluation of Intestinal Ultrasound in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr Phoebe Thwaites
The role of the gas-sensing capsule in defining GI pathophysiology in chronic intestinal disorders


Ms Sarah Melton
The impact of Exclusive Enteral Nutrition on intestinal barrier function and epithelial health

Department of Immunology and Pathology

Ms Darshana Cherian
Using Lymphocyte Proliferation as a Predictor of Immune Memory

Ms Rachelle Duffin
Enhancing anti-tumour immune responses through combination therapies

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

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

Ms April Raftery
Immune and environmental factors driving Crohn's disease and respiratory comorbidities

Ms Rosela Webster
The epigenetic landscape and driving mechanisms behind CD8 T cell senescecne

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

Ms Amy Wilson
Exploring the role of Chemokine processing in epithelial ovarian cancers

Department of Infectious Diseases

Mr Iain Abbott
Teaching an old dog new ticks: In vitro pharmacodynamic profiling of fosfomycin to optimise efficacy and combat emergence of resistance

Mr David Edwards
In silico discovery of SNPs under positive parallel selection in bacteria.

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

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

Mr Michael Loftus
Ways of Halting Antimicrobial resisTance In Fiji (WHAT-IF)

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

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

Mr Ryan Wick
Variation-aware assembly of metagenomes with long reads

Department of Medicine including AIRmed

Dr Malaka Ameratunga
Understanding mechanisms of disease evolution in melanoma

Ms Hayley Barnes
Clinical and biological approaches to improve the diagnosis of Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Dr Sarah Gutman
Advanced tissue characterisation techniques in the diagnosis and management of heart disease

Mr Steven Hiho
Improving outcomes following Lung transplantation

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

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

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

Dr Stavroula Papapostolou
Novel applications of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR) in Cardiac Disease

Department of Neuroscience

Ms Hue Au Yong
The effects of interictal epileptiform EEG discharges on cognition

Mr James Broadley
Autoimmune encephalitis: peripheral immune cell counts, CSF parameters and radiological findings. Identifying treatment responses and overall patient clinical outcomes

Ms Jennaya Christensen
The Effects of TBI and Stimulant Use on Sleep, Glymphatic, and Neurological Function in Adolescence

Mr Hattapark Dejakaisaya
Acquired Epilepsy in Alzheimer's Disease

Ms Naomi Dvir
Stem cells and genetic therapy for TLE, targeting NPY and its receptors to treat and control seizure

Ms Paige Foletta
Elucidating the pathophysiological signature of visual snow.

Ms Emma Foster
First Seizure Assessment and Management

Miss Georgia Fuller Symons
The neurological consequences of engaging in collision sports

Miss Sarah Griffith
Autoimmune encephalitis -Neuropsychological Parameters affecting patient outcome and quality of life

Mr Mubeen Janmohamed
Pharmacological outcomes in drug resistant idiopathic generalized Epilepsy

Mr Muhammad Javaid
Drug-resistant focal cortical dysplasia in epilepsy: insights from cellular models of neuronal development

Miss Liyen Kan
Human gliomas: the role of P2X7R, microglia and the immune system

Ms Mahima Kapoor
Management and monitoring of inflammatory neuropathies

Mr Joshua Laing
The Development and Management of Post Traumatic Epilepsy

Ms Wai Leung
Inflammatory response and post-traumatic epilepsy as long-term outcomes after traumatic brain injury

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

Ms Sanduni Madawala
The pathophysiological signature of visual snow

Mrs Flavia Medeiros Gomes
Stress, antidepressants and epilepsy

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

Mr William O'brien
Changes in P2X7R following sports related concussion in Australian football

Ms Sabrina Salberg
The Waiting Game: Investigating the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain

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

Ms Emma Solly
Thalamic Reticular Dysfunction: extending investigation of a schizophrenia-neurodevelopmental contin

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

Dr Anna Willard

Ms Ker Wong
Understanding the pathophysiology of neurological heterotopic ossification

Dr Wei Yeh
Altered Vitamin D responsiveness in Multiple Sclerosis Immune Cells


Ms Lin Zhang
Movement disorders and Headache management

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

Mr Andrew Ma
Vocal Cord Hypokinesis as a Marker of Parkinson's Disease Severity

Dr Lubna Shakhatreh
Genomic Sequencing for Refractory Epilepsy (GREP).

Ms Wendy Wang
Cognitive dysfunction and ocular motility in idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Mr Ho Yau
An ocular motor investigation of attentional control Multiple Sclerosis

Department of Surgery and NTRI

Mr Stephen Bell
The relationship between obesity and colorectal cancer

Dr Chiara Chadwick
The economic impact of Bariatric surgery on the Public Hospital System

Dr Christopher Groombridge
Immediate decision making in resuscitation scenarios

Ms Yazmin Johari Halim Shah
Physiological Changes After Bariatric Surgery

Dr Rowan Miller
Establishing Prostate MRI as a Standard of Care in the Screening of Prostate Cancer

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

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


Mr William Catchlove
The pathophysiology of post operative leaks after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Mr James Farag
Post Cardiotomy Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support

Ms Nicole Garcia
Cell-matrix interactions in full thickness wounds using mouse models

Ms Katherine Martin
Improving Outcomes in Patients with Chest Injury

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

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

Ms Rosie Latimer
Mycoplasma genitalium

Miss Erica Plummer
Understanding the pathogenesis of Bacterial Vaginosis

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

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

Mr Xianglong Xu
Applications of artificial intelligence on disease prevention in public health

Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre (MAPrc)

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

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

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

Miss Kirsten Gainsford
Combining brain stimulation and virtual reality to improve social cognition in schizophrenia

Ms Tanya Gilmartin
Exploring Personality Pathology and Eating Disorder Symptomology among young women

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

Ms Jessica Michael
"Identifying and Targeting brain correlates of anxiety using Electroencephalogram and transcranial alternating current stimulation"

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

Ms Sarah Rotstein
Psychiatry Teaching in Medicine

Mr Bradley Stolz-Grobusch
Impact of type and timing of childhood trauma on adult cognition and emotion regulation in Borderlin

Mr Michael Wang
The Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Pain; Mechanisms, Limitations, and Innovative Tools to Enhance M

Peninsula Clinical School

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

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

Dr Rachna Ram
Use of Augmented Reality in harvesting of  the Deep Inferior Epigastric artery perforator flap

Ms Stephanie Than
Understanding sex differences in dementia risk


Ms Harmeet Bhullar
The investigation of fat necrosis in the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap

Mr Michael Nasserallah
Are probiotics useful post tonsillectomy? - a randomised controlled trial