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Does gender matter? Women, accounting journals and editorial boards

Corporate boards of publicly listed companies and the 'Big 4' professional accounting firms all agree that they want more women represented at the top of their organisations. Accounting as a profession provides women with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for positions of leadership in their chosen fields. Women accounting academics are also well positioned to be leaders in the profession. This research project examines whether women are under-represented on accounting journal boards and if so, what might be …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Deep learning for iris recognition

This project investigates deep learning techniques including Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) to perform identity recognition based on the iris region.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Plasma catalysis

Plasma catalysis is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary field at the interface of catalysis, nanotechnology, physical chemistry, materials and plasma science. Relevant applications include plasma-assisted catalytic reforming of gas mixtures into fuels, chemicals and synthesis of functional nanomaterials.While the physical properties and reactive chemistry of atmospheric-pressure plasmas (APPs) are relatively well understood, little is known about the mechanisms of the APP interactions with the nanometer-size features on the surface of catalyst nanoparticles (NPs). These mechanisms are crucial to explain the effects …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Plasma agro- food- and bio-tech

Plasma agricultural, food and biotechnologies, based on low-temperature plasmas, is a rapidly emerging multidisciplinary research and development topic.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Computational models of interacting proteins inside a cell

Inside each living cell are vast networks of interacting proteins. These protein networks allow the cell to monitor and interpret its environment, and turn this information into a set of instructions that tell the cell what to do – when to divide, when to move/migrate, when to make new proteins, when to switch to an alternative energy source, etc.Although the human genome has now been sequenced, giving us the full set of instructions (genes) contained within the DNA molecule, we …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Insights into insect epigenetics using next generation mass spectrometry approaches

Epigenome is the term that describes an array of reversible chemical modifications that decorate nucleic acids and the surrounding histone proteins. These modifications act as a molecular switch that turns on and off gene expression by influencing chromatin packaging. They have been proposed as key factor contributing to pest insect adaptation to environmental factors such as developing resistance to pesticides.Modern mass spectrometry instrumentation and novel mass spectrometry data acquisition strategies, such as SWATH-MS, allow for relatively inexpensive and ultrasensitive histone …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Staphylococcus aureus and metal ion homeostasis – role in pathogenesis

Pathogenic bacteria acquire transition metals for cell viability and persistence of infection in competition with host nutritional defences. The human host employs a variety of mechanisms to stress the invading pathogen including the delivery of cytotoxic metal ions and the withholding of essential metal ions.Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for a diverse range of infections and continues to be a significant global health care challenge. To be a successful pathogen, S. aureus must sense and respond to changing environmental stresses. A …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Whole genome sequencing of global and Australian Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains associated with cystic fibrosis

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the most common cause of chronic airway infection in cystic fibrosis (CF).The genetic mechanisms underlying chronic-stage adaptations, such as the switch to mucoid phenotype, have been well established for many years. However, little is known about the genetic variability between clonal P. aeruginosa CF strains.The objective of this study is to investigate the genetic divergence of several lineages of P. aeruginosa CF strains.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Proteomic and metabolomic characterisation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that is associated with persistent lung infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. P. aeruginosa experiences complex physiological and morphological changes in the CF lung, and life-long persistence of P. aeruginosa in the CF lung requires sophisticated, habitat-specific adaptation of the pathogen. The objective of this study is to investigate proteomic and metabolomic changes of P. aeruginosa CF strains in various culture environments. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Social media / online communities and healthcare

How do online communities provide peer support for those with chronic illness, health conditions, or undergoing recovery from substance abuse?Platforms that connect networks together unleashing latent capacity are becoming commonplace. Examples of these include the personal transportation sector with Uber and the accomodation sector with AirBnB. These sectors are being reshaped by online communities providing peer-to-peer services and co-creating value.This research will investigate the role of online communities in providing peer-to-peer services in the healthcare context. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

Strategically aligned co-creation for the public sector

The public sector faces specific problems like accountability, under-utilisation of assets, equitable provisioning, costs, risk adverse, operational inefficiency and a need to reform.Co-creation mediated by digital communities can alleviate these problems when strategically aligned via a better understanding of required capabilities.This research will investigate what constitutes as strategic alignment of co-creation to public sector organisations, by identifying the set of capability areas which are essential for the operational achievement and measurement of the strategic alignment of co-creation mediated by digital …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

How do online communities increase the resilience of older people?

Decision making by older people is complex with many options and sources of information which can be overwhelming, intimidating and very confusing. With an ageing Queensland population, enabling older people with technologies to enhance their resilience and decision-making capabilities is vital.Online communities provide older people with opportunities for information sharing and learning, for companionship and social support, for assisting with decision making, and for reducing isolation. This project will investigate the role of online communities in empowering older people to …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Information Systems

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