2015 HDR students

CCS Postgraduate Students

2015 CCS PhDstudents
2015 PhD students
(L-R) Seated Liriye Kurtovic, Ashlee Burt, Tim Patton, Mina Takawy, Runa Lindblom
Standing: Beverly Giam, Ashwini Bennett, Kevin Huynh, Jyotika Prasad, Alex Huang, Minhee Halemba, Sean Huang, Louisa Yueng, Min J Kim, Matthew Snelson, Florence Lim, Victoria Ling, Elizabeth Lim, Alexandra Whillas

Central Clinical School (CCS), in association with Alfred Health, the Burnet and BakerIDI research institutes, has 154 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)

For details of

2014 HDR symposium

2014 HDR symposium

PhD students with Prof Robyn O'Hehir, head of the Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed) at the 2014 HDR symposium held on 19 November

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)

Ms Reem Alzayer
Proteolysis of adhesive proteins in vascular disease

Dr Sung Chiu 
The study of transcription factor LYLl in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and haematopoiesis

Dr Wai Chow
Exploring the potential of epigenetic therapies in Multiple Myeloma

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

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

Mr Dominik Draxler 
New approaches for traumatic brain injury

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

Mr Thomas Fulford
The role of the RelA transcription factor in the development and function of Foxp3 CD4SP regulatory T cells

Dr Andrew Guirguis
Ineffective haematopoiesis and the role of apoptosis in myelodydplasia

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

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

Ms Hui Lim 
Roles of canonical the NF-kB transcription factors in acute myeloid leukaemia

Mr Belden Mado
Pelger Huet and Alder Reilly Anomalies in Papua New Guinea

Mr James Mcfadyen 
Mechanisms of platelet hyperactivity in diabetes mellitus

Ms Sewa Rijal
Defining the role of phosphoinositides phosphatases (PIPs) in the regulation of PI3-kinase function in acute myeloid leukemia (AML): a translational approach

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

Mr Tse-Chieh Teh 
Targeting survival signals in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)

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

DM (Supervised) Students

Dr Ashwini Bennett
Neutrophil extracellular traps

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

Dr Eileen Merriman
Management of distal DVT-A  treatment paradigm

Baker/IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Mr Annas Al-Sharea
Modulation of hematopoiesis in cardiovascular disease

Mr Wayne Childs
Novel therapeutic approaches in peripheral arterial disease

Dr Mei Choy
Targeted activatable cell penetrating peptide (ACPP) delivery of drug loaded nanoparticle for intracellular therapy of unstable atherosclerotic plaques to prevent plaque rupture

Mr Michael Christopher
Altered lipid metabolism associated with insulin resistance and obesity is a major contributor to the onset and progression of Type 2 Diabetes

Dr Susan Corcoran
Autonomic Mechanisms of Recurrent Syncope

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

Miss Elyse Di Marco
Role of inflammation in diabetes-associated atherosclerosis

Ms Dragana Dragoljevic
Mechanisms of accelerated atherogenesis in rheumatoid arthritis

Mr Steven Fernandez
L-arginine transport in obesity dependent hypertension

Mr Daniel Fineberg
The epigenetic dysregulation of obesogenic hypothalamic genes by maternal diet

Dr Nay Htun
Chatacterization and diagnosis of atherosclerosis: Imaging and urine proteomics

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

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

Mr Anmar Khan
High density lipoprotein lipid composition and function: toward lipid composition manipulation

Miss Shanzana Khan
The influence of y chromosome lineage on blood pressure regulation and vascular function

Mr Ishant Khurana
Epigenomic profile of Type 1 diabetes:  FinnDiane 200 study

Mr Man Lee
The Role of High Density Lipoproteins in Macrophage Polarization

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

Mrs Julia Loseff-Silver
Development of new inhibitors of the "pro-inflammatory CRP system"

Mr Aaron Mcclelland
microRNA-21 in Diabetic Nephropathy: a multifaceted, pathological factor

Miss Ashlea Murphy
Composition of lipoproteins, their effect on vascular function and contribution to atherosclerosis

Mr Ashish Nair
Nanoparticle based MRI contrast agents for imaging of thrombosis and inflammation

Ms My-Nhan Nguyen
Functional improvement and anti-arrhythmic efficacy through relaxin's anti-fibrotic action

Miss Hannah Pearce
Preventing atherosclerosis development with a targeted gene therapy to inhibit VCAM-1

Miss Gulcan Sarila
Set7 regulates myosin heavy chain gene expression in the heart

Mr Waled Shihata
The anti-inflammatory effects of the AT2R in the setting of atherosclerosis

Mr Yow Tham
Protecting the heart and other organs in a setting of obesity

Ms Natasha Tuano
Epigenetic basis for persistence of hyperglycemic variability in mouse embryonic stem cells

Ms Jessica Underwood
Effects of Pulsatile Vs. Non-Pulsatile Perfusion on Vascular Function during Extracorporeal Support

Miss Maria Zaldivia
Investigations into the effects of renal denervation on monocyte activation in hypertension

DM (Supervised) Student

Ms Angeline Leet
Myocardial fibrosis and function after  heart transplantation- factors involved in myocardial collagen turnover  and relationship to clinical symptoms and outcome

Burnet Institute jointly with Departments of Immunology & Medicine PhD students

Ms Sarah Charnaud
Novel components used for protein export and functionality in plasmodium falciparum

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

Mr Andrew Guy
Assessing unstructured proteins in Plasmodium falciparum and their importance in humoral immunity

Mrs Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah
Dimeric IgA (dIgA) and cell wall components of M. tuberculosis (MTB) as tools in point-of-care (POC) diagnostics

Ms Ee Pang
Characterization of Interferon-Lambda on dendritic cell activation and function

Department of Gastroenterology

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

Ms Marina Iacovou
Manipulating the diet of breast feeding mothers to relieve the symptoms of infantile colic: a randomised controlled double blinded study

Ms Sreepurna Malakar
The role of naturally occurring salicylic acid in IBD- Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Mrs Judith Moore
Novel interventional strategies for chronic constipation

Ms Simone Peters
The role of wheat gluten in the genesis of gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue in NCGI patients

Ms Caroline Tuck
Adjunctive theraphy to the low FODMAP dietary management of irritable Bowel Syndrome

Ms Chu Yao
Understanding the role of protein fermentation in regulating large bowel fermentation and therapeutic implications for gastrointestinal conditions

Department of Immunology including Van Cleef/Roet and AIRMed

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

Mr Saeed Alrashdi
The contribution of inflammation to the development of retinal microvascular disease

Ms Jessica Anania
Characterisation of a New Fc Receptor for Antibodies: Implications for Antibody Therapeutics in Cancer, Immunity and Infection

Miss Alicia Chenoweth
Novel Roles of Fc Receptors in Inflammation

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

Mr Benjamin Fancke
Where is all begins - exploring dendritic cell control of virtal infection and cell development in the bone marrow of mice and man

Mr Qian Gao
Developing a therapeutic nano-vaccine against ovarian cancer

Mr Timothy Gottschalk
Identifying and targeting signaling pathways in lupus using a clinically relevant model

Ms Elisha Horat
The role of NFkB1 in immune homeostasis and autoimmunity

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

Mr Amit Joglekar
Mechanisms of tolerance following genetic manipulation and transfer of bone marrow stem cells

Ms Eleanor Jones
A reverse genetics approach to tetraspanin CD82

Dr Nirmala Kampan
The role of immune responses in preventing relapse in women with epithelial ovarian cancer

Ms Indzi Katik
Regulation of telomerase activity and telomere remodeling in lymphocytes

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

Ms Ying Kong
Investigation of early dendritic cell lineage for potential application in immunotherapy and vaccine development

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

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

Mr Damien Saulep-Easton
Re-evaluating chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia Pathogenesis: Implications for therapy

Mr Dean Talia
The role of the adaptive immune system in the formation and progression of retinopathy of prematurity

Dr Fabien Vincent
Role of BAFF and the T-independent innate immune system in systemic lupus pathogenesis

Ms Kirsty Wilson
Enhancing the immune response to vaccines using nanoparticles

Ms Tong Zhu
Prorenin and the prorenin receptor (P)RR: mechanisms of action in diabetic retinopathy

Department of Infectious Diseases

Ms Nitasha Kumar
DC induced establishment of HIV-1 latency in resting memory CD4+ T cells

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

Ms Simin Rezaei
Pathway for HIV latency and re-activation in vitro and in vivo

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

Ms Fiona Wightman
The use of Histone Deacetlyase inhibitors to reverse HIV-1 latency

Dr Michelle Yong
Characterisation of human cytomegalovirus (CMV) specific T cell immunity following haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT):  toward improved management of CMV end organ disease

Department of 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 NgR1 in EAE and multiple sclerosis

Dr Vincent Cornelisse (MSHC)
Gonococcal transmission patterns in Australia

Ms Ilana Gory
Colorectal cancer and adenoma development in patients with cystic fibrosis. A prospective study and investigation into the mechanism of disease

Mr Michael Cangkrama
Analysis of the Grainyhead-like genes in mammalian development and disease

Dr Jonathon Habersberger
A conformational change in C-reactive protein produces novel pro-inflammatory and thrombotic changes following myocardial infarction

Dr Kirk Kee
The effects of heart failure on the lung

Dr Matthew Kitson
A study of the relationship between vitamin D status and the severity and outcomes of chronic hepatitis C infection and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

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

Ms Kai Lee
Investigating molecular mechanisms in epidermal homeostasis and cancer

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

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

Mr Nicholas Medland (MSHC)
Accessible but not accessed: Optimising Engagement with Antiretoviral Therapy

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

Ms Janine Trevillyan
The pathogenesis and prevention of cardiovascular disease in HIV infected patients

Mr Jae Young
Targeting the molecular mechanisms of axonal degeneration and de/remyelination in mulitpule sclerosis in multiple sclerosis

DM (Supervised) student

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

Masters students

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

Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre (MAPrc)

Mr Rodney Anderson
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment-resistant depression: modulating dysfunctional connectivity

Ms Tingting Cao
Blood Oxygenation Changes Resulting from Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of Prefrontal Cortex

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

Mr Phillip Hall
A Neuroeconomic investigation into clinical dlepression and anhedonia

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

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

Mr Sean Carruthers
The Muscarinic cholinergic system and cognition in schizophrenia

Miss Melissa Kirkovski
The influence of biological sex on neurobiological mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorder: an investigation of neural activity and connectivity

Ms Sarah Lancaster
A MEG of Auditory hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia

Ms Kim Meates
Bridging the gap between sensory and social impairments in Autism

Ms Heather Gilbert
New Model of Support and Advocacy for Women with Severe Mental Illness

Dr Roisin Worsley
Metformin for Mind and Metabolism (The MMM Study)

Mrs Natalia Contreras
Cognitive Remediation in Severe Mental Illness

Mr Philip Law
Investigating perceptual rivalry as a psychiatric biomarker

Mr Philip Sumner
The relationship between genres and FMRI in schizophrenia

Department of Surgery and NTRI

Dr Elena Shek
Promting neurotrauma care through optimal use of evidence resources

Ms Emma Tavender
Improving the management of mild traumatic brain injury in the emergency department:  barriers and facilitators to evidence uptake and designing a targeted, theory-informed intervention to improve practice and patient outcomes

Masters students

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

Dr Violet Koh
Management of warfarin and antithrombotics in elective surgery

Ms Nicola Sandler
The inflammatory response to surgery