Cardiometabolic

The School has a varied and strong research history into cardiometabolic diseases, covering conditions including diabetes, obesity, heart disease and different cardiac pathologies.  We conduct cutting-edge research, translating into practical outcomes through our strong links and embedding within leading hospitals in Melbourne, with many of our leading researchers also being clinical practitioners allowing them to directly apply their research in their clinical practice.

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Projects Supervisor(s) Department Research Opportunity
An antibody that detects a high molecular weight surrogate ligand of calcitonin receptor is detected in malignant glioma cells and cell lines Peter Wookey Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
An antibody that detects a high molecular weight surrogate ligand of calcitonin receptor is detected in malignant glioma cells and cell lines. Peter J Wookley Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
Assessment of mitochondrial function in a mouse model of obesity and type 2 diabetes Sof Andrikopoulos Medicine and Radiology Honours
Bio-engineering complex next generation human liver organoids Geraldine Mitchell Surgery PhD, Honours
Characterization of GPR35 in models of cardiac and renal disease Andrew Kompa Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Closed-loop bioelectrical neuromodulation control over bladder function Sophie Payne Medical Bionics Department Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Closing the Gap on Aboriginal Cardiovascular Health disparities- Using Big Data to understand the patient health journey Luke Burchill Medicine and Radiology Masters by Research
Drug development for metabolic diseases Jon Oakhill PhD, Honours
Effect of uraemic toxins of vascular reactivity Andrew Kompa Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Effects of gender-affirming hormone therapy Ada Cheung Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Engineering a tissue flap Geraldine Mitchell Surgery PhD, Honours
Exploring the acute effects of sleeve gastrectomy on mental health Priya Sumithran Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Exploring the microbiome and epigenetic links in obesity development Barbara Fam Medicine and Radiology Honours
Factors that determine islet antigen-specific T cell expansion before the onset of Type 1 diabetes Helen Thomas Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Gene signatures of the ‘lymphaticome’ Dr Ramin Shayan
Tara Karnezis
Surgery PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Genetic Analysis of Impaired beta Cell Function and Loss in Type 2 diabetes Sof Andrikopoulos Medicine and Radiology Honours
Improving the health and well-being of the trans and gender diverse community Ada Cheung Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Inhibiting hypoxia and inflammation-induced damage to improve the outcomes of islet transplantation Michaela Waibel Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Inhibition of microglia inflammation by AMPK for obesity treatment Sandra Galic Medicine and Radiology PhD
Investigating a novel mechanism for improving beta-cell function in type 2 diabetes Kim Loh Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
Investigating cardiovascular disease in Friedreich's ataxia using human induced pluripotent stem cells Shiang (Max) Lim Surgery PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Lifestyle Factors and Cognitive Health Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research
Lipoproteins and Cardiovascular Risk from Mid- to Late-life in Women Alexandra Gorelik Medicine and Radiology PhD, Master of Biomedical Science
Modelling diabetic-induced cardiomyopathy using human cardiac organoids Shiang (Max) Lim Surgery PhD, Master of Biomedical Science
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease – characterising disease features in order to develop new therapies Amanda Edgley Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Novel therapies for the treatment of cardiorenal syndrome Andrew Kompa Medicine and Radiology PhD
Pharmacological approaches to food craving Priya Sumithran Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Refining the comprehensive geriatric assessment Andrea Maier Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Regulation of ghrelin signalling by AMPK Sandra Galic Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Simplifying clinical acid-base diagnosis in critical care David Story Medicine and Radiology Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Sternal ultrasound assessment of plate vs. wire fixation Alistair Royse Surgery Masters by Research, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Structure-based drug design of selective Drp1 inhibitors Jessica Holien Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Targeting inflammation and fibrosis for the treatment of retinal disease Roy Kong Medicine and Radiology PhD
The blood pressure drop makes you fall Andrea Maier Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
The cellular fuel gauge: Novel mechanisms of metabolic control Jon Oakhill Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours
The development of anti-NPY1 receptor antibodies for research into and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and cancer Peter J Wookley Medicine and Radiology PhD
Tracking Physical Activity in Young Adults with Heart Disease Luke Burchill Medicine and Radiology Honours
Treating fibrosis and inflammation to prevent end-organ damage in diabetes Roy Kong Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Treatment outcome in older lung cancer patients: does the biological age predict it? Andrea Maier Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Type I interferon regulation of macrophage metabolism and activation Andrew Fleetwood Medicine and Radiology Honours
Understanding how Type 17 immunity and IL-17 cytokines regulate Type 1 diabetes Andrew Sutherland Medicine and Radiology PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Understanding the role of Alzheimer’s tau protein in whole body glucose metabolism and type 2 diabetes Evelyn Marin Medicine and Radiology Honours
Using the JAK1/JAK2 Inhibitor Baricitinib to treat new-onset Type 1 diabetes Helen Thomas Medicine and Radiology PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
What are antigens/epitopes are recognized in by islet-infiltrating CD8+ T cells in people with type 1 diabetes? Stuart Mannering Medicine and Radiology PhD, Master of Biomedical Science