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Investigating metal metabolism using cell and molecular biology techniques

Metals such as iron and copper are essential for life. Low or high amounts in the body can be damaging and hence levels are tightly regulated through various molecular pathways. Defects in these pathways can lead to genetic disorders such as haemochromatosis (iron overload), Wilson's disease (copper overload) or anaemia (iron deficiency).Increased understanding of the pathways regulating iron or copper homeostasis will be useful for the development of diagnostics and therapeutics for treating these disorders. This project will use cell …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Genomics and Personalised Health

Investigating genetic variants involved in Wilson disease and copper metabolism using genome editing

Wilson disease (WD) is a genetic disorder of copper metabolism. It can present with hepatic and neurological symptoms, due to copper accumulation in the liver and brain (1). WD is caused by compound heterozygosity or homozygosity for mutations in the copper transporting P-type ATPase gene ATP7B. Over 700 ATP7B genetic variants have been associated with WD. Estimates for WD population prevalence vary with 1 in 30,000 generally quoted. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for successful management of the disease. …

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research centre(s)
Centre for Genomics and Personalised Health

Understanding international governance in Antarctica through cooperative game theory

Antarctica is governed by a coalition of 29 countries ('consultative parties') who must agree unanimously before a law can be passed. This project will apply theories from social network analysis and cooperative game theory to map relationships between the different parties, and to predict their behaviour on a series of important environmental issues.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Science
School
School of Mathematical Sciences
Research centre(s)

Centre for the Environment

Do COVID-safe practices and messages create anxious shoppers?

As the COVID19 virus spread globally, here in Australia, retailers were forced to implement COVID-safe practices. These included QR Codes, social distancing floor decals, hand sanitising stations, sneeze screens, limiting access, stock limits and reminder messages. Anecdotally, such practices and messages should have inspired consumer confidence, i.e. to shop safely.However, in November 2020, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found quite the opposite in their 'Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey', which provided insights into the prevalence and nature of impacts from …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

The demise of the ethical shopper: shifting non-ethical consumption to ethical behaviour

Brand manufacturers continue to be concerned with consumers' moves toward cheaper, private label grocery products, such as $2 milk. In Australia, and globally, supermarket retailers continue to increase their proportion of private label products. Australia's largest food retailer, Woolworths, in November 2011 reported to shareholders their plans to double the proportion of private label, house brand products to 35% of their range.The purpose of this research would be to identify and explore the extent of ethical and socially responsible (ESR) …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
School
School of Accountancy
Research centre(s)

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