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Location Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Health and Medical Science
App. deadline 20/02/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Fully funded PhD Scholarship- Cell communication in exercise and health.


Fully funded PhD Scholarship with top-up available now.

Applications are invited for a PhD student to work on this project under the supervision of A/Prof Jason Howitt and Dr Sam Wu in the Department of Health and Medical Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia. This project is supported by an industry partner, Altnia Group whose focus is on advanced technologies for regenerative medicine.

How does exercise improve our health? Although there are well known physiological measures that improve with exercise (muscle size, lung function), there is limited understanding of the underlying metabolic and system level changes occurring in the cells of our bodies. This project will investigate methods for reporting on an individual’s health through the analysis of liquid biopsies that contain small vesicles called exosomes. The successful applicant will form close relationships with our industry partner giving them both academic and industry experience over the course of candidature.

Applicants should hold either an Honours degree (1st Class or 2A) or Master's degree in a health related field. The applicant must also meet the admission requirements for enrolment in a Higher Degree by Research program at Swinburne University of Technology.

Either domestic or international students can apply for the position, applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The scholarship will be offered for full-time study over three years subject to satisfactory academic progress at a rate equivalent to a Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) plus an industry based top-up.

For more information about the research project and how to apply please contact:
A/Prof Jason Howitt,

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A/Prof Jason Howitt