Submit your expression of interest for a Student Research Project

Mater Research offers research project opportunities across biomedical or medical research, nursing, midwifery or allied health for university students interested in undertaking an undergraduate, Honours, Masters by research, PhD or MPhil project. 

Our current student research opportunities are listed below.

If you are unable to find a project in the list of current student opportunities that is in the your area of interest , please email us to discuss your options.

How to submit your expression of interest  

Step 1: Find a project
Review the current project vacancies listed below to find a project that matches your area of interest, and ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. 

Step 2: Submit your expression of interest application online 
Click the apply now button at the bottom of the project listing to and complete the online Expression of Interest application form. As part of your expression of interest application, you are required to provide an up to date copy of your CV as well as your most recent academic transcript. 

Step 3: Your expression of interest application will be reviewed by the project supervisor.
If your application is then shortlisted, then the project supervisor will contact you directly to advise next steps.

Open opportunities

Targeting mitochondrial dysfunction in diabetic kidney disease

Diabetic individuals with kidney disease make up the greatest proportion of persons requiring a kidney transplant or dialysis in Australia. Susceptibility to kidney disease in diabetes is not well understood, but previous studies have highlighted dysfunction of the power stations of the cells (mitochondria) as a potential mediator. In this project, we aim to better understand how dysfunction in mitochondria can contribute to kidney disease in diabetes. Further, we will also examine if novel medicine (KH176) that can improve the function of mitochondria in other human conditions, can alleviate kidney disease in a mouse model of diabetes. The intent of this research is to test the novel therapy KH176 and understand its protective mechanisms allowing for translation of this research to patients with diabetes and kidney disease. In addition to kidney function this project will also closely examine how KH176 affects blood glucose control.

Sound like you? Find out more by downloading the information flyer (PDF, 65KB).

B-catenin TG project - Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gut. It is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer (colitis associated cancer – CAC). Our group has previously demonstrated that a medication called thioguanine, which is sometimes used in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, can prevent CAC in a murine model by inhibition of B-catenin, a transcription factor commonly activated in colon cancers. Molecular modelling indicated that there may be a direct interaction between thioguanine and B-catenin. This project will determine if this interaction can be observed in vitro and in vivo. If the interaction is confirmed this will be mapped and potentially confirmed using structural biology.

Join the project now. Find out more from the information flyer (PDF, 89KB)

B-catenin TG project - anti-cancer bioactives

The bacteria within the gut microbiome produce a variety of metabolites and bioactives with untapped biologic activity.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia with significant morbidity and mortality. It has been associated with an altered microbiota. My group has successfully identified multiple anti-inflammatory bioactives from cultured gut bacteria. We now wish to expand this program to identify potential bacterially derived anti-cancer bioactives that could be used as future therapeutics.

See yourself here? Why not download the information flyer (PDF, 74KB) and find out more.