2017 Graduate research students

2017 CCS PhD students
2017 PhD students
Back row (L-R): Anna Beale, Muthukumar Mohan, Gerard Pernes, Michelle Flynn, Cassandra Castelino, Mary Ajamian, Amy Wilson, Professor Robert Medcalf (Graduate Research Coordinator). Front row (L-R): Laura Moffitt, Rose Brazilek, Rania Hashad, Jaclyn Lange. Absent: Amy Searle, Rosie Latimer, Michael Keating, Lakshanie Wickramasinghe, Osanna Wong, Ethan Oxley

Central Clinical School (CCS), in association with Alfred Health, the Burnet and Baker research institutes, has 135 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.


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2017 Post Graduate Symposium

2017 Pstgraduate Symposium winners

Winners from the 2017 Post Graduate symposium, held on 17 November 2017

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)

Dr Ashwini Bennett
Neutrophil extracellular traps

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

Miss Rose Brazilek
An investigation of platelet and endothelial cell function under complex haemodynamic conditions

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

Mr Dominik Draxler
New approaches for traumatic brain injury

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

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

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

Dr Rania Hashad
Polyethylene glycol Nanoparticles as Novel Oncotheranostic agents

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 Charithani Keragala
Plasminogen activating system and complement

Ms Jaclyn Lange
Development of responsive PEG nanoparticles

Ms Wing Man
Investigating the pathogenesis and disease progression of multiple myeloma

Dr Eileen Merriman
Management of distal DVT-A  treatment paradigm

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

Mr Steven Ngo
Engaging differentiation of immature leukemic cells in acute myeloid leukemia

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

Ms Maria Selvadurai
Examining PI3KC2a as an anti-thrombotic drug target

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

Masters student

Dr Katherine Cummins
Identification and modification of the CD123 epitope targeted by CAR-T-cell therapy

Baker Research Institute

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

Miss Beverly Giam
Pathological Role of Endothelial Dysfunction in the development of the cardiorenal syndrome

Mr Michael Keating
Novel Regulation of Lipid Metabolism

Ms My-Nhan Nguyen
Functional improvement anti-arrhythmic efficacy by anti-fibrotic inventions

Mr Gerard Pernes
The role of lipids in macrophage function in health and disease

Miss Ee Yu
Development of Targeted Drug Therapies in Acute Thrombosis Mouse Models

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

Burnet Institute jointly with DImP & Medicine

Ms Ashlee Burt
Characterisation of the Novel Influenza Haemagglutinin MicroCube Vaccine

Ms Liriye Kurtovic
The role of complement in antibody-mediated immune mechanisms against malaria

Ms Riya Palchaudhuri
Towards a point of care test for sepsis-biomarkers of inflammation

Department of Diabetes

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

Mrs Nazanin Karimnia
Development of diabetic complications by the Set7 methyltransferase enzyme

Mr Runa Lindbloom
Does Bax drive mitochondrial dysfunction and cell death in diabetic nephropathy?

Mr Muthukumar Mohan
The protective role of lipoxins against Diabetic Complications

Mr Matthew Snelson
The effects of dietary advanced glycation endproducts on gut homeostasis and chronic kidney disease

Ms Osanna Wong
Identifying the immune mechanisms involved in leucocyte migration and adhesion

Department of Gastroenterology

Ms Mary Ajamian
Investigating the brain-gut connection through related markers of gut dysfunction and damage

Mr Paul Gill
Characterisation of immune and epigenetic effects of short chain fatty acids in humans

Ms Marina Iacovou
Exploring the role of FODMAPs in the diet of breastfeeding mothers in alleviating symptoms of colic in breastfed infants

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

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

Mrs Judith Moore
Novel interventional strategies for chronic constipation

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

Department of Immunology and Pathology including AIRMed

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

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

Ms Cassandra Castelino
Comparing the role of G-CSF in asthma and COPD

Miss Alicia Chenoweth
Novel Roles of Fc Receptors in Inflammation

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

Ms Dragana Dragoljevic
Mechanisms of accelerated atherogenesis in rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

Mr Andrew Guy
Computational approaches for examining the impact of protein structure and dynamics on malaria immunity

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

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

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

Mr Nikolce Kocovski
Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies to Snake Venom

Ms Laura Moffitt
The Role of Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4 in Ovarian Tumours

Ms Kirsten Morris
Towards developing cytokines as therapeutics for infections in pigs

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

Miss Mahtab Parvaresh
The role of NFKB molecules in NK cell development

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

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

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

Ms Kirsty Wilson
Investigating nanoparticle based vaccines for the optimal induction of CD8 T cell responses against minimal peptide epitopes

Ms Amy Wilson
Investigation of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) in Ovarian Cancer

Department of Medicine including APoM, DID, MSHC and AIRmed

Mr Iain Abbott
Optimisation of beta-lactam antibiotic therapy to improve efficacy & combat emergence of resistance

Mr Hassan Albargy
Decaying the HIV reservoir through metabolic manipulations: role of monocyte-mediated inflammation

Mr Annas Al-Sharea
Modulation of hematopoiesis in cardiovascular disease

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

Dr Sung Chiu
SCL and LYLl in normal and malignant haematopoiesis

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

Dr Susan Corcoran
Autonomic Mechanisms of Recurrent Syncope

Dr Vincent Cornelisse
Gonococcal transmission patterns in Australia

Dr Benedict Costello
Non-Invasive Assessment of Central Haemodynamics and Cardiac Performance

Dr Sarah Gutman
Advanced Imaging Techniques in the Detection of Rheumatic Heart Disease

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

Dr Alex Huang
Role of HMGB1 in atherothrombosis

Mr Kevin Huynh
The role of plasmalogens in Alzheimer's disease

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

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

Mrs 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

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

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

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

Ms Rosie Latimer
Mycoplasma genitalium

Mr Man Lee
Lipid Metabolism in Different Monocyte and Macrophage Subsets in Cardiovascular Disease

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

Mrs Julia Loseff-Silver
Development of new Inhibitors of the "Pro-inflammatory CRP system"

Mr Scott Maxwell
The biochemical characterisation of MeCP2 in the brain

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

Dr Nicholas Medland
Accessible but not accessed: Optimising Engagement with Antiretoviral Therapy

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

Mr Shane Nanayakkara
Developing preventative and therapeutic strategies in HFPEF

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

Mr Sudip Paul
Plasmalogen modulation as a treatment for atherosclerosis

Dr Jyotika Prasad
Defining Clinically Meaningful Outcomes in Lung Fibrosis

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

Dr Jeeva Sanjeevan
Targeting the small airways has a pivotal role in treating patients with uncontrolled asthma

Miss Gulcan Sarila
Role of histone methyltransferase Set7 in cardiac gene regulation and mitochondrial function

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

Mr Waled Shihata
Pathophysiological Effects of High Intraluminal Pressure in Cardiovascular Disease

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

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

Mr Ramkrishna Singh
Development of health foods from xylan rich sources

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

Mr Speros Thomas
Targeting axonal degeneration in a model of multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

Ms Ya-Lan Ying
Identification and characterization of unstable atherosclerosis plaque associated microRNA

Dr Michelle Yong
The use of a novel interferon-gamma release assay (Quantiferon) to characterrise immunilogical and cytomegalovirus (CMV) clinical outcomes in HIV infected and transplant patients

Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre (MAPrc)

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

Mr Xianwei Che
Exploring the processes linking social support to pain relief

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

Mr Robert Cooper
Effect of tACS frequency, amplitude and synchronisation on working memory

Ms Heather Gilbert
Development of a New Model of Support and Advocacy for Pregnant Women & New Mothers with SMI

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

Ms Sin Ng
Understanding the role of negative beliefs and emotion regulation in chronic low back pain

Miss Jacqueline Riddiford
Investigating ocular-motor correlates of abnormal mirror system functioning in autism

Ms Elizabeth Thomas
The influence of the glutamatergic system on cognition across the schizotypy/schizophrenia continuum

Department of Surgery and NTRI

Mr Stephen Bell
The relationship between obesity and colorectal cancer

Ms Geraldine Ooi
Pathophysiology and treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Effects of bariatric surgery

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

Masters students

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

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

Ms Katherine Martin
Improving Outcomes in Patients with Chest Injury

Mr Rowan Miller
Establishing Multiparametric MRI as a standard of care in the screening of prostate cancer

Mr Charles Milne
Inner Branched Endografts for the Treatment of AorticArch Aneurysms

Ms Nicola Sandler
The inflammatory response to surgery

Dr Luke Wang
Long term outcomes of radiation vs surgery for prostate cancer