Graduate Research completions

Completed CCS Graduate Research students

Click to see completed and passed postgraduate students in particular years. Note, the current year is updated as and when completions take place.

2017

ACBD

Mr James McFadyen
Investigating the mechanisms of platelet hyperactivity in diabetes mellitus

Ms Ioanna Savvidou
Role of  Wnt pathway dysregulation in Multiple Myeloma (MM)

Baker Institute

Mr Paddy Dempsey
Breaking Up Prolonged Sitting: Implications for Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Mr Anmar Khan
Analysis of the Plasma and HDL lipidomes in Metabolic Syndrome patients following weight loss and weight loss plus exercise treatments

Mr Man Kit Lee
Lipid Matabolism in different monocyte and macrophage subsets in cardiovascular disease

Ms Hannah Pearce
VCAM-1 targeted AAV6 gene therapy for atherosclerosis treatment

Ms Gulcan Sarial
Set 7 regulates mitochondrial genes in the heart

Ms Natasha Tuano
Role of the lysine methyltransferase Set7 in smooth muscle gene expression and function

Gastroenterology

Ms Marina Iacovou
Possible role of poorly absorbed short chain carbohydrates (FODMAPs) in the genesis of infant colic

Ms Caroline Tuck
Adjunctive therapy to the low FODMAP dietary management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ms Chu Kion Yao
Exploring colonic fermentation and new technical applications for understanding functional & inflammatory bowel disease

Immunology

Ms Maria Demaria
The function of leucocyte-specific tetraspanins CD37 and CD53 in the immune system - regulators of leucocyte migration

Ms Eleanor Jones  
A reserve genetic approach to tetraspanin CD82

Ms Kirsty Wilson
Enhancing the immune response to vaccines using nanoparticles

MAPrc

Mrs Natalia Contreras
Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia - improving our theoretical understandings and translation into practice

Mr Phillip Law
Investigating binocular rivalry in healthy individuals and bipolar disorder: excluding confounds and optimising methods for large-scale endophenotype studies

2016

ACBD

Mr Tse-Chieh Teh
Targeting survival pathways in acute myeloid leukaemia

Baker/IDI

Dr Mei Choy
Targeted delivery of MMP14 inhibitor in a nanodrug construct for stabilization of unstable atherosclerotic plaques to prevent plaque rupture

Ms Elise Di Marco
Exploring the roles of NADPH oxidase (NOX) isoforms, NOX1 and NOX4 in the accelerated development and progression of atherosclerosis in diabetes

Dr Nay Min Htun
Chatacterization and diagnosis of atherosclerosis: imaging and urine proteomics

Mr Aaron McClelland
MicroRNA-21 in diabetic nephropathy and a cross-sectional analysis of the role of TGF Beta in proximal tubule epithelial cells and mesangial cells

Mr Ashish Nair
Activated platelets: a potential new diagnostic and  therapeutic target in preclinical experimental autoimmune  encephalomyelitis (EAE), a murine model of multiple sclerosis

Gastroenterology

Ms Sreepurna Malakar
Understanding food hypersensitivity: identifying clinical targets and biomarkers of non-coeliac gluten intolerance

Ms Simone Peters
Exploring the link between mental health and functional gastrointestinal disorders

Immunology including Van Cleef/Roet and AIRMed

Ms Louise Rowntree
The combination of common viral hits and heterologous immunity strongly influences clinical outcomes in 'at risk' lungs

Dr Astrid Voskamp
Clinical Allergy: Basophils, T cells and Therapeutic Design

Ms Tong (Pam) Zhu
The role of renin angiotensin system in retinal inflammation

Infectious Diseases

Ms Janet Gare
Antiretroviral therapy in Papua New Guinea: biological and social factors contributing to HIV treatment failure and drug resistance

Ms Nitasha Kumar
Dendritic cell regulation of HIV-1 latency in CD4+ T-cells

MAPrc

Ms Sacha Filia
A comprehensive assessment of factors related to smoking and other cardiovascular disease risk factors among people experiencing severe mental illness

Ms Amity Green
A biological and clinical investigation of episodic memory encoding deficits in schizophrenia

Mr Phillip Hall
A neuroeconomic investigation into major depression and anhedonia

Medicine including MSHC and AIRMed

Ms Amani Alrehaili
The role of NgR on microglial activity within MS lesions and EAE

Ms Maha Bakhuraysah
Identifying the immune function of NgR in EAE and multiple sclerois

Mr Antony Friedman
When old drugs become new again - optimising thiopurine metabolism to improve clinical outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Sara Mokhtar
The amyloid-beta-dependent phosphorylation of CRMP-2 and its contribution in Alzheimer's disease

Mr Jae Young
Targeting the molecular mechanisms of axonal degeneration, demyelination and remyelination in mulitple sclerosis

2015

ACBD

Dr Zane Kaplan
Biochemical and biomechanical factors regulating leukocyte-thrombus interactions

Dr Belden Mado
Investigation of New Anti-clotting approaches

Dr Sewa Rijal
Characterizing the role of inositol polyphosphate 4-phosphatase type II (INPP4B) in acute myeloid leukaemia

Baker IDI

Dr Prabhu Mathiyalagan
Role of histone modifications and chromatin interacting non-coding RNAs in regulating cardiac gene transcription

Dr Jonathan Habersberger
Proinflammatory effects of monomeric C reactive protein in vascular endothelium

Dr Michael Christopher
Dyslipidaemia resulting from obesity is a major contributor to the onset and progression of Type 2 diabetes

Burnet Institute

Dr Sarah Charnaud
Mechanism of protein export in the malaria parasite

Dr Brendan Elsworth
Characterisation of PTEX150 a core component of the malaria parasite export complex

Dr Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah
Dimeric IgA for serodiagnosis of active mucosal infections

Gastroenterology

Dr Evan Newnham
Shifting treatment paradigms in newly diagnosed coeliac disease

Infectious Disease

Dr Tanya Millard
The development and evaluation of an online self management program for men living with HIV in Australia

Immunology

Dr Jodie Abramovitch
Influence of food processing on the humoral and cellular immune response to shared and unique allergens of crustacean species

Dr Ying Ying Kong
Effects of cancer cells on the cells of the dendritic cell lineage

Dr Mutsa Madondo
Immunomodulatory effects of cyclophosphamide: optimising treatment for improved efficacy in patients with refractory gynaecological cancers

Dr Benjamin Fancke
Dendritic cells: development, tolerance and immunity. A novel cross-species study

Dr Amit Joglekar
Mechanisms of immune tolerance following genetic manipulation and transplantation of bone marrow-haematopoietic stem cells

Medicine

Dr Michael Cangkrama
Analysis of the grainyhead-like genes in mammalian development and disease

Dr Gabriela Khoury
HIV persistence on antiretroviral therapy - the role of homeostatic proliferation and T-cell trafficking

Dr Matthew Kitson
A study of the relationship between vitamin D status and the severity and outcomes of chronic non-cholestatic liver disease

Dr Janine Trevillyan
Pathogenesis and prevention of cariodvascular disease in HIV positive patients

MAPRc

Dr Melissa Kirkovski
The influence of biological sex on neurobiological mechanisms underlying austism spectrum disorder: An investigation of neural activity and connectivity

Surgery

Dr Mark Fitzgerald
Computer-aided decision support for trauma reception and resuscitation

Dr Jeremy Ruben
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy: Effect on Dose Distribution and Scattered Dose and Implications for Carcinogenesis

Dr Juliana Van Der Merwe
A comparison of pulsatile and non-pulsatile flow in ventricular assist devices: Effects on bacteraemia, end-organ function and vascular reactivity

2014

MAPRc

Dr Eric Tan
Speech disturbances and quality of life in schizophrenia

ACBD

Dr Amanda Au 
Investigating the effects of platelet-released factors (PRFs) on the brain

Dr Andrew Guirguis
Apoptosis and its regulation in myelodysplasia - using basic mouse models and human samples

Dr Miriel Ho
The bone and bone marrow interface and its relationship to haematopoiesis

AIRMed

Dr Aislin Meehan
Investigating the function of natural killer cells during Immunological responses following human lung transplantation

Baker IDI

Dr Karina Huynh
Targeting the increase in oxidative stress in diabetic cardiomyopathy using coenzyme Q10

Dr Leah Iles
Myocardial fibrosis in heart failure

Dr Jay Jha
Role of NADPH oxidases NOX1 and NOX4 in diabetic nephropathy: Genetic Deletion and Pharmacological inhibition studies

Dr Nicholas Lam 
Cardiac regeneration: effect of nerve growth factor

Dr Danielle Michell 
Hypertension induced inflammation in the endothelium:  The signalling pathways involved

Dr Mansur Shmela
Regulation of genomic imprinting at the human 11p15 region

Dr David White
The role of macrophage migration inhibitory factor in post-infarct inflammation and cardiac remodelling

Dr Yih Yap
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and receptor for AGEs (RAGE) in pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction

Gastroenterology

Dr Emma Halmos 
Management of irritable bowel syndrome and enteral nutrition associated diarrhoea by reducing intake of poorly absorbed sugars

Immunology

Dr Jainxiong Chan
The intracellular localisation of ATP13A2 and its possible role in cholesterol and manganese transport

Dr Devy Deliyanti 
An evaluation of aldosterone's pathogenic role in the ischemic and diabetic retina

Dr Chindu Govindaraj 
The role of TNFR2+ regulatory T cells in cancer

Dr Rohimah Mohamud
Investigation of a novel subset of TNFR2 expressing regulatory T cell in lung diseases

Dr Zeyad Nasa
The establishment of immune tolerance through genetic manipulation of haematopoietic stem cells

MAPrc

Dr Nigel Rogasch 
The relationship between depression and dysfunctional coordination of neural activity as measured by EEG Activity

Medicine

Dr Christina Chang 
Immunopathogenesis and diagnosis of cryptococcal-associated immune restoration disease in people with HIV

Dr Perdita Cheshire 
Is dysfunction of the serotonin system responsible for L-DOPA induced dyskinesias in Parkinson's disease?

Dr Andris Ellims
Ventricular remodelling in cardiomyopathy - impact on ventricular physiology and cardiovascular outcomes

Dr Kathryn Hackman
Diabetes Mellitus in Lung Transplant Recipients - prevalence, risk factors and effect on survival

Dr Jeremy Wrobel 
Pulmonary hupertension in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Surgery

Dr Philip Lewis
Measurement of cerebral autoregulation: clinical, physiological and technical concepts

Dr Silvana Marasco
Surgical rib rixation

Dr Emma Tavender
Improving the management of mild traumatic brain injury in the emergency department

Masters

Mr Casey Lo
Right ventricular mechanical support in pre-cardiac transplant patients

2013

ACBD

Dr Saheb Al-Daher 
Studying platelet prothrombotic mechanisms in diabetes mellitus

Dr Hannah Lee 
Defining the roles of protease-activated receptors in thrombosis

Dr Cindy Lin 
The role of phosphatase CD45 in determining the signalling, proliferation and therapeutic drug sensitivities of human myeloma cells

Dr Bernadine Lu 
Structural and functional analysis of the interaction of plasmin lysine binding sites with antiplasmin C-terminus

Dr Be'Eri Niego
Effects of tissue-type plasminogen activator on the structure and function of the blood-brain barrier in health and disease

Dr Jianlin Qiao 
Shedding of platelet receptors in health and disease

Baker IDI

Dr Micah Burch 
A novel link between G-protein coupled receptors and serine/theonline kinase receptors in the regulation of proteoglycan synthesis in vascular smooth muscle

Dr Lisa Chang 
Gene activity patterns associated with the development of pathological cardiac hypertrophy are mediated by specific epigenetic changes

Dr Brooke Harcourt 
RAGE, adipose derived estrogens and dietary AGEs; interactions in obesity induced kidney disease

Dr Samuel Keating 
The role of epigenetic chomatin remodelling in the expression of genes relevant to diabetic nephropathy

Dr Sebastian Lunke
Epigenetic regulation of the human survival of motor neuron gene in spinal muscular atrophy.

Dr Jenny Ooi 
The role of chromatin modifiers and DNA methylation in transcription regulation during cardiac hypertrophy

Gastroenterology

Masters student

Dr Salena Ward
Investigation of Pancreatic Exocrine Function in Patients Undergoing Resection of Upper-Gastrintestinal Cancer

Immunology

Dr Christopher Chan 
The role of NK cell receptors in immunity and cancer

Dr Hong-An Nguyen
The activin A/follistatin axis in regulation of airway inflammation and remodelling using a murine model of chronic allergic asthma

MAPrc

Dr Neil Bailey
The relationship between depression and dysfunctional coordination of neural activity as measured by EEG Activity

Dr Erica Neill
Investigating the neural basis of memory impairments in schizophrenia

Medicine

Dr Judith Allen-Graham 
Inhibition of APP and APLP2 using siRNA to investigate protein function and Alzheimer's disease

Dr Philipp Diehl
New diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in thrombosis and inflammation.

Dr Sarah Hellewell
Pathophysiology and therapeutic strategies for the treatment of traumatic brain injury: investigating the role of erythropoietin

Dr James Mcmahon
Social and behavioural factors associated with poor outcomes in patients infected with HIV on antiretroviral therapy

Dr Dion Stub 
Improving prognosis in Out Of Hospital cardiac arrest utilising circulatory support

Surgery

MD(Supervised)

Dr Jin Tee
Predictors of Functional Outcomes of Patients with Traumatic Spine Fractures

2012

ACBD

Dr Rachael Borg
Investigation into the interaction between tissue-type plasminogen activator and dead neuronal cells

Dr Katherine Monaghan
Microenvironmental factors impacting on multiple myeloma drug resistance

Dr Jessica Mountford
Defining the cellular functions of class II P13Ks

Baker IDI

Dr Sacha Mei Leng Khong
The role of arginase I and II in the vasculature

Dr Poay Sian Lee
Immunopathogenesis and diagnosis of cryptococcal-associated immune restoration disease in people with HIV

Department of Gastroenterology

Dr Jessica Biesiekierski
Understanding the role of gluten in the genesis of gastrointestinal symptoms in individuals who do not have coeliac disease

Department of Immunology

Dr Craig Nicholls
The molecular regulation of telomeres and telomerase

Dr Louis Meng-Chin Tsai
Novel mechanisms of T and B lymphocyte homeostasis and differentiation

Department of Medicine

Dr Dilinie Herbert (Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society)
Attitudes, beliefs and experiences of genetic testing: A study of the haemophilia community.

Dr Mukherjee Swati
Role of oxidative stress in coronary artery disease and its clinical presentations

Dr Gregor Frederik Lichtfuss
Signals through ITAM

Dr Michael Roche
Understanding HIV-1 entry: insights through the envelope protein

Dr Emma Tippett
Contribution of moncyte subset to HIV-1 viral reservoirs

MD

Department of Medicine

Dr Christine Ball
A history of anaesthesia

2011

Baker IDI

Dr William Chan
Novel aspects of acute coronary syndromes, reperfusion injury, and post‐infarction myocardial
fibrosis

Immunology

Dr Mohammad Al-Tamimi
Transition of platelet receptor shedding: platelet‐specific collagen receptor GPVI

Dr Yen Pham
The profibrotic role of CDA1 in modulating the down stream targets of TGF‐beta in a diabetic model
of atherosclerosis

Department of Medicine

Dr Edwina Wright
HIV neurological disease: Asia Pacific regional prevalence and response to different antiretroviral
treatment strategies across international resource‐varied settings

Dr Vanessa Evans
Dendritic cell and T cell interactions: their role in HIV‐1 spread and latency

Dr Daniel Cowley
Transcriptional regulation of human immunodeficiency virus type‐1 in the central nervous system

Dr Mark Berzsenyi
Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection: aspects of GB virus C & Human Immunodeficiency Virus coinfection,
associations with reduced liver disease and immunity

Dr Dianne Goeman
Improving the quality and content of General Practice Consultations for people with asthma

Dr Roslin Botlero
Prevalence, incidence and associated risk factors of urinary incontinence, its socio‐economic
consequences and impact on quality of life in women in Australia

Dr Reena Rajasuriar
Predictors of drug hypersensitivity reactions in HIV infected patients

2010

Dr Irene Szollosi (Medicine)
Central sleep apnoea in heart failure: diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment

MBiomedSc (Part 1)

Ms Hannah Ambrose
Survey of current usage, attitudes and barriers to information systems in healthcare

2009

Dr Alexis Adamides (Surgery)
Multimodality neuromonitoring in severe traumatic brain injury

Dr Julie Dwyer (Immunology)
Molecular regulation of the enzyme telomerase in cancer

Dr Jacqueline Flynn (Immunology)
The stimulation and maintenance of T cell responses in early HCV infection

Dr Mary Panjari (Medicine)
A randomized trial of oral DHEA treatments for sexual function, wellbeing, and menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women with low libido

Dr Trifina Sofian (ACBD)
Structural and functional characterisation of the serpin; alpha2- antiplasmin

Dr Gautam Vaddadi (BakerIDI/Medicine)
Sympathetic nervous system dysfunction in postural syncope phenotypes