Graduate student profiles

CCS postgraduate student profiles

CCS postgraduate students come from all over the world and from an enormous variety of professional backgrounds to study at the Central Clinical School. Many go on after their PhDs to join national and international scientific and medical research groups. Here, we profile some of our current students.

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Jodie Abramovitch

Jodie Abramovitch

Jodie is a PhD student in the Department of Immunology. She is supervised by Prof Jennifer Rolland and Prof Robin O'Hehir and her research looks at shellfish allergies.

Maha Bakhuraysah

Maha Bakhuraysah

Maha is a PhD student in the Department of Medicine. Her supervisors are Dr Steven Petrotos and Prof Richard Boyd, and her research focuses on identifying the immune function of NGR1 in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis.

Victoria Berquist

Victoria Berquist

Victoria Berquist began her first year as an intern at Alfred Health in 2017. She studied undergraduate medicine at Monash University and in 2015, Victoria undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) research year at the Central Clinical School for which she was awarded the Hatem Salem Award for Medical Research Student Excellence.

Michael Cangkrama 

Michael Cangkrama

Michael is a PhD student in the Department of Medicine, and his research is based on looking at skin development and diseases. He is situated in the Epidermal Development Laboratory and his supervisors are Professor Stephen Jane and Dr Charbel Darido.

Sarah Charnaud

Sarah Charnaud

Sarah is a Research Assistant and a PhD student at the Burnet   Institute. She is researching the way that the Malaria parasite survives   in the human body and is working towards Malaria drug discovery. Her   supervisors are Professor Brendan Crabb and Dr Paul Gilson.

Alicia Chenoweth

Alicia Chenoweth

Alicia is a PhD student in the Hogarth lab at the Burnet Institute where she is supervised by Professor Mark Hogarth and Dr Bruce Wines.  While visiting a friend in Melbourne, Alicia found her current PhD project and decided to pursue it, on novel roles of Fc receptors in inflammation.

Perdita Cheshire

Perdita Cheshire

Perdita is a Research Assistant in the Burns Unit at the Alfred Hospital, and she has just completed her PhD in the Van Cleef Roet Centre for Nervous Diseases on Parkinson's Disease and how patients react with some treatments for the disease. Her supervisors were Associate Professor David Williams and Professor Elsdon Storey.

Paddy Dempsey

Paddy Dempsey

Paddy Dempsey is a PhD student at Baker IDI in the Physical Activity Laboratory where he is supervised by Professor David Dunstan, Professor Neville Owen, Professor Bronwyn Kingwell and Dr Julian Sacre. He studied exercise physiology in his home country of New Zealand before moving to Melbourne for his PhD.

Shauna French

Shauna French

Shauna French is a PhD student in the Platelets and Thrombosis Lab at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases where she is supervised by Dr Justin Hamilton. She studied a Bachelor of Applied Science and Honours at Queensland University of Technology, before  moving to Melbourne for her PhD on defining the role of protease activated receptor 4 in thrombosis.

Timothy Gottschalk

Timothy Gottschalk

Timothy Gottschalk is a PhD student in the Leukocyte Signaling Laboratory at the Department of Immunology and Pathology where he is supervised by Associate Professor Margaret Hibbs. He studied a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and is interested in learning about what causes and drives autoimmune disease.

Kathryn Hackman

Kathryn Hackman

Dr Kathryn Hackman is an endocrinologist in the Alfred Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, and a PhD student in the Central Clinical School. Her research is looking at the relationship between diabetes and lung transplants. Her supervisors are Professor Leon Bach and Professor Greg Snell.

Kya Hanfiah

Kye Hanafiah

Kye is a PhD student in the Diagnostic Development Laboratory at the Burnet Institute. Her PhD looks at serodiagnosis of tuberculosis and she is supervised by A/Prof David Anderson.

Aron Hill

Aron Hill

Aron Hill is a PhD student in the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Group at MAPrc where he is supervised by A/Prof Kate Hoy, Dr Nigel Rogasch and Prof Paul Fitzgerald. He began looking at brain stimulation in his Honours degree and has continued his interest in this area through his PhD.

Miriel Ho

Miriel Ho

Miriel Ho is a PhD student in the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases. Her research looks at the relationship between bone and bone marrow interface with haematopoiesis. Her supervisors are Professor Hatem Salem and Professor Robert Medcalf.

 Jay Jha

Jay Jha

Jay is a PhD student at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and his research is based on the complications of diabetes, especially in relation to kidney disease. Jay's supervisor is Professor Karin Jandeleit-Dahm.

Melissa Kirkovski

Melissa Kirkovski

Melissa is a Research Assistant/ PhD Candidate in the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre. Her topic is 'Neural connectivity in autism spectrum disorders' and she is supervised by Professor Paul Fitzgerald and Dr Peter Enticott.

Nitasha Kumar

Nitasha Kumar

Nitasha is a PhD student at the Burnet Institute and her research looks at the interaction between two immune cells in the HIV virus. Her supervisors are Professor Sharon Lewin and Associate Professor Paul Cameron.

Nicholas Lam

Nicholas Lam

Nicholas has just finished his PhD, where he was a student in the Department of Medicine. His research was based on the heart's ability to repair itself and 'effective nerve growth factor' which is based on helping the heart regenerate after damage. His supervisors were Professor David Kaye and Professor Nadia Rosenthal.

Philip Lewis

Phil Lewis

Phil is a PhD student in the Department of Surgery, his topic is 'Methodological considerationsin cerebral autoregulation assessment' co-supervised by Professor Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld.

James McMahon

James McMahon

James completed his PhD in the Department of Infectious Diseases, and his research was focused on looking at clinical research in HIV. James' supervisors were Prof Sharon Lewin and Dr Julian Elliott.

Aislin Meehan

Aislin Meehan

Aislin Meehan just finished her PhD which looked at the role of Natural Killer (NK) cells after human lung transplantation. Aislin was supervised by Dr Glen Westall and co supervised by Dr Nicole Mifsud and A/Prof Tom Kotsimbos in the Department of Immunology.

Sara Mokhtar

Sara Mokhtar

Sara is completing her research in the Department of Medicine. Her research looks at how amyloid beta protein phosphorylation of CRMP-2 regulates neuritic dystrophy in alzheimer's disease.  Her supervisors are Dr Steven Petratos and Prof Richard Boyd.

My-Nhan Nguyen

My-Nhan Nguyen

My-Nhan is a PhD student in the Experimental Cardiology lab at the Baker Research Institute where she is supervised by A/Prof Xiao-Jun Du and A/Prof Julie McMullin. My-Nhan studied an undergraduate degree in Science majoring in Physiology where she gained an interest in cardiovascular disease, which she has continued with in her Honours and PhD studies.

Hannah Pearce

Hannah Pearce

Hannah is a PhD student in the Department of Immunology, and her research looks at using gene therapy to prevent the build up of plaque in blood vessels. Hannah is supervised by Prof Christoph Hagemeyer.

Nigel Rogasch

Nigel Rogasch

Nigel is a PhD student in the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre, his topic is 'The relationship between depression and dysfunctional coordination of neural activity as measured by EEG activity', supervised by Professor Paul Fitzgerald.

Maria Selvadurai

Maria Selvadurai

Maria is a PhD student in the Platelet and Thrombosis Lab where she is supervised by Dr Justin Hamilton. She studied a Science degree majoring in Pathology and Biochemistry before completing Honours and starting a combined PhD/Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery.

Waled Shihata

Waled Shihata

Waled Shihata is a Monash University PhD student in the Vascular Pharmacology Laboratory and the Haematopoiesis and Leukocyte Biology Laboratory at the Baker Research Institute, where he is supervised respectively by Prof Jaye Chin-Dusting and A/Prof Andrew Murphy.

Emma Tavender

Emma Tavender

Emma is a PhD student in the Department of surgery and at the National Trauma Research Institute, her research is based on looking at how to improve the management of mild head injured patients in the emergency department. Emma's supervisors are Dr Denise O’Connor and Prof Russell Gruen.

Lizzie Thomas

Lizzie Thomas

Lizzie Thomas is a PhD student in the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry lab at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) where she is supervised by Dr Caroline Gurvich, Professor Susan Rossell and Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu. She studied a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and decided to undertake an Honours project which incorporated her interest in genetics.

Melanie Voevodin

Melanie Voevodin

Melanie is a PhD student in the Department of Medicine, her topic is 'Can dieticians turn the obesity epidemic around?'and she is supervised by Paul Komesaroff