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Mapping microbial markets and supply chains

Although biotechnology microbial products may embody specialised technology, the use of these products are common not only in research and industry but also in household uses. Processes such as baking, brewing and pickling use microbial products to produce food and beverage. This project will look at how these products are supplied and sold to customers without specialised biotechnology knowledge.

Study level
Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Research centre(s)
Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

Agrobacterium 2.0: upgrading nature's genetic engineer

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a bacterium that reprograms plants by transferring foreign DNA into plant cells. This natural phenomenon has been repurposed for biotechnology, and Agrobacterium-mediated transfection is now the most widely-used method for genetically manipulating plants. It is central to industrial-scale production of plant-made antibodies and vaccines, and to fundamental molecular biology research.Despite its importance, relatively little effort has been put into modifying and optimising the bacterium itself. This project aims to engineer Agrobacterium tumefaciens to further boost the production …

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

Powerful enzymes to break stuff and make stuff

We need new ways to re-use and recycle complex polymers like plastics and biomass. With biological approaches we could potentially break polymers down into their monomeric components and convert these into new and different materials.This project focuses on improving our understanding of laccases - a powerful class of enzymes that can both break down and rebuild lignin (and potentially some plastics).There is a big functional divergence between bacterial and fungal laccases. Fungal laccases have very high redox potentials and can …

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

Engineering Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell for the treatment of cancer

Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells are genetically modified immune cells that can recognise and kill cancer cells. They do so through the CAR, which recognises specific antigens expressed on cancer cells. CAR T cell therapy has emerged as an effective form of cancer immunotherapy in certain types of blood cancers and are now approved for use in patients. However, CAR T cell therapy can only benefit a very small proportion of cancer patients at present because it is very …

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

Exploring chemotherapy-induced molecular aging and its relationship to exercise

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cause of death from cancer in women, with a five-year survival rate of less than 45 per cent. However, there is emerging research that shows the benefits of exercise therapy during recovery following certain cancer treatments, and how exercise can improve and extend the lives of women with ovarian cancer.This project is a collaboration exploring these health and survival outcomes in ovarian and other gynaecological cancers, and in particular how new diagnostic testing …

Study level
Honours
Faculty
1043076
School
School of Biomedical Sciences

Access to screen culture in an algorithmic age

During the course of their PhD, the candidate will drive a research project that investigates how the use of algorithms in search and recommendation systems affect the discoverability of content, including:long tail and back catalogue contenton subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) servicesinternet platforms.The project will explore how digital tools can be developed and used to study the impacts of search and recommendation systems, and examine the regulatory options that might be used to address potential problems in the discoverability of culturally or …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)
Digital Media Research Centre

Hearing colour and seeing sound – switchable optoacoustic imaging agents

Optoacoustic imaging is a relatively new medical imaging technique. It utilises laser light to excite an imaging agent, which in turn converts this light energy into heat. This heat is dissipated as a sound wave, which can be detected with an ultrasound receiver. This technique aims to overcome the minimal penetration depth of fluorescence imaging, and the lack of molecular specificity of ultrasound.In this project we are aiming to develop and synthesize intelligent imaging agents for optoacoustics, which are able …

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

A golden approach to nanomedicine: gold-polymer hybrid nanoparticles

Gold, a precious metal, is also highly valued for the production of highly functional nanoparticles.Gold nanoparticles interact with light and microwaves to generate heat and light, which can be used in nanomedicine for therapy or imaging.This project will look at developing polymer-gold hybrid nanoparticles to improve disease delivery and therapy. This project involves:polymer synthesismaterials formulationcharacterisation.

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

Digital Childhoods

Potential projects available include:Young children in a digital worldChildren and social mediaEducation in the early years using digital technologyFamilies in a digital worldChildren co-designing technology

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
School
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
Research centre(s)
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child

Modelling the deformation of bacteria on nanopatterned surfaces

The antibacterial mechanism of nanopatterned surfaces promises to be a valuable tool in the fight against implant infection, fomite transmission and antibiotic resistance. This mechanism is principally physical in nature, arising from the deformation of the bacterial envelope upon contacting the nanopatterned surface.To enhance understanding of the mechanism, this project will involve modelling the deformation of gram-negative and gram-positive bacterial envelopes using finite element analysis in ABAQUS. The key aims of the modelling are to identify locations of critical stress/stress …

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
Centre for Biomedical Technologies

Cultural Legalities of Social Media and Mobile Digital Devices in the Global South

Mobile digital technologies and with them digital platforms have had dramatic exponential growth within the Global South since 2015. In so doing the digital is disrupting and transforming traditional, colonial and post-colonial cultural and legal orders. This project focuses on the cultural transformation, and legal reactions, to social media and the proliferation of mobile digital devices in Global South communities. Joining an innovative intellectual community with existing projects on issues of technology and digital justice in the Global South, candidates …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)
Centre for Justice

Blockchain challenges in enterprise implementations

Due to the decentralised and immutable nature of distributed ledger systems, blockchain has become a critical priority for organisations across the world (Pawczuk et al., 2021). However, the widespread adoption of blockchain and enterprise implementation has been hampered by various challenges, including security issues such as data theft through cyberattacks (Degirmenci and Barros, 2021), or ecological concerns due to increasing computational power that is required to operate energy-intensive consensus mechanisms (Beck et al., 2018).In this project, we explore ways to …

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 Data Science

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