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Co-benefits of trees on farms: soil carbon

Soils are now in the ‘front line’ of global environmental change. Soils are the largest global pool of actively cycling organic C and N. Maintaining and increasing soil organic matter (SOM) is a prominent strategy for mitigating atmospheric CO2 and adapting agriculture to climate change.At the same time the global biodiversity crisis has led to increased scrutiny on supply chains to scrutinise farms ecological footprint. Planting or retaining trees in the landscape has the opportunity to achieve both outcomes, however …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Early diagnosis of pregnancy complications using exosomes

Complications of pregnancy, including preterm birth represent the major causes of fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality and potentially affect childhood and adult susceptibility to both cardiac and metabolic diseases. Early detection of these disorders is, therefore, essential to improve health outcomes for mother and baby.Exosomes are small (40-120 nm), stable, lipid bilayer nanovesicles identified in biological fluids (e.g. in milk, blood, urine and saliva). They contain a diverse array of signalling molecules, including mRNA, microRNA (miR), proteins, lipids and …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
1043076
School
School of Biomedical Sciences

Validating smart-device 3D photography for remote healthcare of children with spinal deformity

Scoliosis is a three dimensional (3D) spinal deformity that manifests as a structural deformity of the spine and ribcage. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most common presentation, affecting 2-4% of adolescents. AIS has no known cause or cure, and is most frequently severe in females.Effective management of paediatric scoliosis is heavily reliant upon early diagnosis, and timely specialist appointments at tertiary spine clinics in Brisbane. At these appointments, it is important for the spinal specialist to see the patient's …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Biomedical Technologies

Why do epithelial cells have antigen processing machinery?

Epithelial Cells (ECs) constitute the border between the host immune system and an environment teeming with inhaled antigens. Work from us and others has highlighted that ECs have the ability to express the antigen processing and presentation machinery, Major Histocompatibility Complex class II (MHC II) that is important in initiating immune responses. MHC II expression and function on mucosal epithelial cells, is not well understood.Whilst MHC II is expressed by ECs, and is altered with inflammation, there is a paucity …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
1043076
School
School of Biomedical Sciences

The dark side of robotic process automation

Pandemics such as COVID 19 have forced organisations to pursue hyper-automation to maintain operational sustainability. Many organisations are keen to adopt Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to dramatically improve operational efficiency. However, evidence to date highlighted various associated challenges associated with adoption of RPA in organisations.Furthermore, recent surveys by consultant organisations found a high RPA project fail rate and their inability to meet the expected return on investment.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Information Systems
Research centre(s)
Centre for Future Enterprise

Critical data studies in news and media

ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) is calling for expressions of interest for a PhD scholarship opportunity in its news and media focus area.The PhD researcher will be based in QUT's Digital Media Research Centre, and will also collaborate closely with other partner institutions in ADM+S, including our industry partner AlgorithmWatch.

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Communication
Research centre(s)
Digital Media Research Centre

Growth and characterisation of epitaxial graphene for electronic and sensing applications

The extraordinary properties of graphene, a single sheet of carbon atoms (e.g. monodimensional structure, high conductivity, low-noise characteristics) are expected to be exploited in the next generation of electronic devices and gas sensors. These applications require a perfect control of the growth of graphene layers, and an optimum integration with the processes and materials used in the semiconductor industry.This project aims at studying the growth of graphene obtained by heating crystalline SiC at high temperature in Ar atrmosphere and ultra …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Chemistry and Physics
Research centre(s)
Centre for Materials Science

IT-enabled corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Organizations engage in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to ensure that a company is socially involved and accountable—to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. The aim of CSR (also referred to as corporate citizenship is to make companies conscious of the impact they are having on multiple dimensions of society (i.e., economic, social, and environmental). Modern technology advancements have clearly proven to enhance information access, efficiency in service provisioning and a multitude of innovations. This project aims to analyze the current …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Information Systems
Research centre(s)
Centre for Future Enterprise

Paediatric intensive care survivorship

One in 500 children require admission to paediatric intensive care (PICU) for acute life-threatening illness or injury during their childhood1. There are an estimated 300,000 survivors of paediatric critical illness in Australia. Up to 30% of PICU survivors experience long-term impairments in physical, cognitive, emotional, and social health. This is termed Post Intensive Care Syndrome – Paediatrics, and significantly impacts child development, with a multiplier effect on the family and society. This is believed to be caused, in part, by …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
1043076
School
School of Nursing
Research centre(s)
Centre for Healthcare Transformation

Language and Literacy

Potential projects under the topic of Language and Literacy include:Enhancing critical reading beyond the classroom with migrant and refugee-background youthCritical digital literacy and communication - how digital platforms have affected and will continue to affect literacy and communication practices in educationThe affect and affordances of algorithms on online literacy practicesHow can Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teacher aides or support workers assist teachers with Indigenous Language learning in the classroom?

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Extraction and formulation of astaxanthin produced in Phaffia rhodozyma fermentations

Traditionally derived from unsustainable petrochemicals, astaxanthin (AX) can also be sustainably produced by microbial fermentation. The yeast Phaffia rhodozyma naturally produces AX as its main fermentation product through sugar assimilation.In previous studies, we improved the bioprocess to produce (upstream) AX in P. rhodozyma. This project aims to investigate the extraction, recovery, and formulation (downstream) of the AX produced in our improved AX production process.AX is a carotenoid pigment and potent antioxidant naturally occurring in some ocean animals such as salmonids …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Biology and Environmental Science
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Predicting how fast the next Olympic medalists will swim

A 3-year strategic partnership on sports data science between the Centre for Data Science (CDS), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) is currently under way. With a drive towards data informed decision making across the high performance sports network nationally, a number of collaborative, interdisciplinary research and scholarship opportunities ranging from VRES, to honours, masters and PhD have developed.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Data Science

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