2016 Graduate Research students

Central Clinical School Graduate Research Students

2016 CCS PhDstudents
2016 PhD students
(L-R) Dr Steven Petratos (Course Convenor), Ms Mahtab Parvaresh (Immunology), Ms Emily King (BakerIDI), Ms Antonia Paramitha (ACBD), Mr Steven Ngo (ACBD), Ms Maria Selvadurai (ACBD), Mr Mitchell Moon (ACBD), Ms Sin-Ki Ng (MAPrc), Dr Shane Nanayakkara (BakerIDI), Mr Speros Thomas (Medicine),  Ms Angela Nguyen (Immunology), Mr John Drummond (ACBD), Ms Hannah Coyle (MAPrc), Dr Shara Ket (MSHC), Dr Iain Abbott (Infectious Diseases), Ms Jacqueline Riddiford (MAPrc), Mr Paul Gill (Gastroenterology), Ms Ya-Lan Ying (BakerIDI), Prof Rob Medcalf (Postgraduate Coordinator)

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)

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2016 Post Graduate Symposium

2016 post graduate symposium winners

PhD students with Dr Ricardo Ataide and Prof David Tarlinton at the 2016 Post Graduate Symposium held on 3 November

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)

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

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

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

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

Dr Susan Corcoran
Autonomic Mechanisms of Recurrent Syncope

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

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 Kit 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 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

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

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

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

Department of Immunology including Van Cleef/Roet and AIRMed

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

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

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

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 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 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 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

Dr Kirk Kee
The effects of heart failure on the lung

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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