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University of Newcastle

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PhD opportunity: Modulating cardiac fibrosis

Key details

$26,682 per annum
Length of Support
Normal course duration

About this scholarship

The Priority Clinical Centre for Cardiovascular Health welcomes applications from prospective Masters and PhD students. To express your interest, please email your CV together with copies of your undergraduate transcripts and a brief statement of your research interests to stacey.wilks@newcastle.edu.au.

To be considered, you will need to have achieved excellent results in your undergraduate studies and satisfy the University's English proficiency requirement(overall IELTS score of 7 with no subtest less than 6.5).

We are seeking expressions of interest for a highly motivated student to conduct a PhD project investigating the modulation of cardiac fibrosis. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and the Hunter region has one of the highest rates of heart disease in Australia. Cardiac fibrosis is the final common pathway of every cardiac disease and results in significantly impaired heart function. It is an enormous clinical problem with limited treatment options. This project will describe and define a novel model of cardiac fibrosis in vitro. When the optimal parameters of this model are defined, we will study a number of potential candidates for reversing cardiac fibrosis, including small molecules and cell therapies. The mechanism by which these can reverse scar formation or digest scar is not known, and our aim is to describe this mechanism and ultimately exploit this for therapeutic gain. The candidate would be a part of an established team and research group, based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute.

Candidates with a background in health, biomedical or biotechnology sciences are encouraged to apply. Experience in a biological science laboratory, with experience in protein and RNA studies, cell culture and/or cardiovascular physiology is preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to commence studies by November 2017.

Scholarship details: 

A scholarship is available at the Research Training Program stipend rate, which provides a full-time living allowance of $26,682 per annum (2017 rate, tax-free, indexed annually), for a period of up to 3.5 years (equivalent full-time student load).


Domestic and international candidates with Honours (Class 1) or equivalent, or Master Degree from a reputable Higher Education Organisation. English proficiency essential.


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