Paediatrics Projects

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Department Nodes Supervisor(s) Email(s) Project Research Opportunity
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Ruili Li
Professor John Hutson

Analysis of gene regulations on gonocyte transformation into spermatogonial stem cells Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Ashlee Smith
Dr Anna Price

Associations between domestic violence in pregnancy and women’s and their subsequent children’s outcomes Masters by Research, Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Catherine Satzke
Dr Salvatore Manna

Bacterial factors for pneumococcal transmission Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Eileen Dunne
Dr Catherine Satzke

Bacterial gene expression in pneumococcal pneumonia Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Anushi Rajapaksa
Dr Ronda Greaves

BiliNappy: Novel low cost point-of-care diagnostic for Jaundice embedded in a newborn nappy Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Nicole Van Bergen
Professor John Christodoulou

Brain cells in a dish: strategies for novel therapeutics in the CDKL5 disorder Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Jane Halliday
Professor Agnes Bankier

Burden of disease associated with genetic aetiology at a paediatric hospital Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Jonathan Mynard
Dr Catherine Quinlan

Cardiovascular Risk in Nephrotic Syndrome Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Alison Compton
Professor David Thorburn

Characterisation of the parkin protein and how it causes parkinson disease Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Vera Ignjatovic
A/Professor Christoph Hagemeyer

Characterisation of the specificity and activity of bio-engineered antibodies in children Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Philip Sutton
Dr Sohinee Sarkar

Developing a new treatment for stomach cancer Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Jane Seto
Professor Kathryn North

Effect of ACTN3 on corticosteroid response in Duchenne muscular dystrophy Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Andrew Elefanty
Ms Elizabeth Ng

Engineering artificial bone marrow Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Paul Licciardi
Mr Zheng Quan Toh

Examination of cross-neutralising immunity following HPV vaccination in Fiji Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Kathryn North
Dr Peter Houweling

Examining the effect of alpha-actinin-3 deficiency in skeletal muscle injury Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Kathryn North
Dr Peter Houweling

Examining the evolutionary role of alpha-actinin-3 in adaptive thermogenesis Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Paul Lockhart
Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu

Functional characterisation of a novel gene linked to autism spectrum disorder Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Vera Ignjatovic
Professor Paul Monagle

Haemostatic abnormalities in children with venous thromboembolism and stroke Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Vera Ignjatovic
Ms Chantal Attard

Haemostatic system in Fontan patients with liver dysfunction Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Nicole Van Bergen
Professor John Christodoulou

HDAC6 inhibitors as a treatment for Rett syndrome: Resolving neuronal trafficking deficits Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Prof Sharon Goldfeld
Dr Anna Price

How is hair cortisol related to mother's mental health and wellbeing over time? Masters by Research, Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Donald Newgreen
Mr Lincon Stamp

How to increase numbers of neural precursor cells in vitro for cell therapy for the birth defect Hirschsprung disease. Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Donald Newgreen
Mr Lincon Stamp

How to transfer neural precursor cells to the aneural colon for cell therapy for the birth defect Hirschsprung disease. Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Ann Frazier
Professor David Thorburn

Human Stem Cell Models of Mitochondrial Disease Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Paul Licciardi
Dr Lien Anh Ha Do

Immunomodulatory effects of Vitamin D on the host response to bacterial and viral infections Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Edouard Stanley
Professor Andrew Elefanty

In vitro models of type 1 diabetes Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Anushi Rajapaksa
A/Professor Paul Licciardi

Inhaled RSV therapeutics: Aerosol delivery of novel therapies to the infant lung Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Jonathan Mynard
Dr Michael Cheung

Investigation of inter-arm blood pressure differences during paediatric exercise testing Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Vera Ignjatovic
Ms Mara Galli

Investigation of the age-specific changes in Blood Microparticles Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Vera Ignjatovic
Ms Mara Galli

Investigation of the in vitro effect of the antiplatelet drug Tirofiban in children Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Harriet Hiscock
Ms Rachel Neely

Measuring low value care across inpatient, outpatient and emergency department settings Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Harriet Hiscock
Ms Rachel Neely

Measuring low value care in the emergency department; a multi-site study Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Andrew Elefanty
Ms Elizabeth Ng

Modelling childhood leukaemias using human pluripotent stem cells Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Adam Piers
A/Professor Salvatore Pepe

Modulating fibrosis and myocardial injury in Muscular Dystrophy Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Danielle Wurzel
Dr Lien Anh Ha Do

Molecular Epidemiology of Severe Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections in Children under 2 years of age Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Richard Saffery
Dr David Burgner

Molecular mediators of gene:environment interactions underlying early life programming of cardiovascular and metabolic risk. Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Yves D'Udekem
Dr Rachael Cordina

Peak exercise capacity in patients with a Fontan circulation Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor David Amor
Dr Susan Reid

Placental dysfunction in the causal pathway to cerebral palsy Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Alison Compton
Professor David Thorburn

Solving Rare Diseases via the Australian Genomics Mitochondrial Disease Flagship Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Paul Lockhart
Dr Sarah Stephenson

Solving Rare Diseases via the Australian Genomics Mitochondrial Disease Flagship Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Martin Delatycki
Dr Sarah Stephenson

Susceptibility to adult disorders in carriers of Mendelian alleles Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Catherine Satzke
Dr Salvatore Manna

Synergistic interactions between Streptococcus pneumoniae and respiratory viruses on bacterial pathogenesis Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Trevelyan Menheniott
A/Professor Philip Sutton

Targeting stem cells as a new treatment for stomach cancer Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Jeffrey Craig
Dr Andrew Gooley

The application of a novel dried blood spot collection device for future diagnostic applications Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Jeffrey Craig
Dr Yuk Loke

The early origins of autism: a focus on epigenetic differences within identical twin pairs Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Rachel Peters
Dr Jennifer Koplin

The epidemiology of childhood food allergy and other allergic diseases Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Professor Harriet Hiscock
Dr Jane Sheehan

The feasibility and acceptability of a mindfulness meditation program within the preschool setting Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Philip Sutton
A/Professor Sarath Ranganathan

The immune response to infection in early cystic fibrosis Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Susan Clifford
Professor Melissa Wake

The ‘Premmie Health Profile’: Do babies born early or small have distinct patterns of health and metabolic disparities? Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Susan Clifford
Professor Melissa Wake

The “Best Age and Size to be Born” Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Timothy Silk
Dr Charles Malpas

Understanding brain development in ADHD using longitudinal, multimodal neuroimaging. Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Paul Lockhart
Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu

Understanding rab39b-mediated parkinson's disease Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Elena Tucker
Andrew Sinclair
elena.tucker@mcri.edu.au
andrew.sinclair@mcri.edu.au
Unravelling the genetic cause of Premature Ovarian Insufficiency PhD, Honours
Paediatrics Burnet Institute Chris Morgan
Alyce Wilson
chris.morgan@burnet.edu.au
alyce.wilson@burnet.edu.au
Uptake of immunisation services in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) Masters by Research, Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute A/Professor Paul Lockhart
Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu

Using cerebral organoids for the study of tuberous sclerosis complex Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Prof Lynn Kemp
Dr Anna Price

Validating a generic mood question in a large cohort of Australian women Masters by Research, Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Dr Amy Nisselle
Dr Belinda McClaren

What are the education and training needs of health professionals incorporating genomics into healthcare? A mixed methods study Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Prof Sharon Goldfeld
Dr Anna Price

What does it cost to do research with women experiencing adversity? Masters by Research, Honours
Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Ms Melissa Mulraney
Professor Harriet Hiscock

What influences mental health treatment choices for children in Australia? A qualitative study of family and clinician factors. Honours