Australian Research Council (Child and Reproductive Health) PhD Scholarship

Future student scholarship
An exciting opportunity for two PhD students to research exosomes, biochemical, cell and molecular biology to evaluate fertility and pregnancy complications.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Health and community

What you'll receive

You'll receive:

  • a living allowance of $31,298 per annum for three years, to be used to support living costs.


You must:

How to apply

Email your expression of interest (EOI) to Professor Murray Mitchell by the 31 March 2019. Your EOI must include:

  • a cover letter
  • your CV
  • complete academic transcripts
  • details of 2 referees (email, address and phone).

If your EOI is accepted you will then need to apply for admission to QUT.

How to apply for a PhD

What happens next?

This scholarship will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

For more information about the scholarship or application process, contact Professor Murray Mitchell.


To keep your scholarship, you must:

  • make satisfactory progress in your studies
  • remain studying at QUT
  • be enrolled as an internal student
  • remain studying full time.

You can't:

  • hold another scholarship that is worth more than 75% of this scholarship.

About the scholarship

This scholarship is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage project awarded to Professor Murray Mitchell.

The Child and Reproductive Health group in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), QUT, based at Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) is seeking two biomedical or biological science graduates to undertake PhD projects. The projects involve exosomes, biochemical/cell and molecular biology to evaluate fertility and pregnancy complications.

This PhD offers the opportunity to work with an internationally recognised team under the supervision of Professor Murray Mitchell. The two successful applicants will work on projects involving (i) the measurements of lipids, nucleic acids and proteins/cytokines within exosomes isolated from bovine biological fluids (e.g. milk/plasma). (ii)  evaluations of exosomal effects on cell responsiveness and cellular pathways.  In particular, the roles of eicosanoids and endocannabinoids will be evaluated to study higher and lower fertility, metabolic status and reproductive pathways. This will be achieved by exosome isolation, mass spectrometric profiling, ELISA, PCR arrays and miRNA profiling.

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