Four projects from research teams at Children’s Cancer Institute have been selected for the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme. This scheme aims to attract the best and brightest students in 9 strategic research areas, including biomedical sciences. The scholarships attract students who want to do research that benefits the world while accelerating their research careers.
Unlike other UNSW scholarship schemes, the Scientia scheme is targeted, and applicants must submit an expression of interest to a specific research area with an identified supervisory team.
“The scholarships will provide opportunities for multidisciplinary research of the highest calibre to ultimately improve the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer.”
Professor Richard Lock, Children’s Cancer Institute post-graduate student co-ordinator, explains how important these projects are in the search for a cure for childhood cancer.
“Being included in the Scientia PhD Scholarships highlights the quality of biomedical research we’re doing at the Institute. The scholarships will provide opportunities for multidisciplinary research of the highest calibre to ultimately improve the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer,” he said.
The Institute-hosted projects are:
- The Development of Inhibitors for Myc Oncogenic Proteins. This study will focus on new approaches to treat Myc-driven cancers such as neuroblastoma.
- Biosensors for the Detection of Minimal Residual Disease in Leukaemia. This will develop highly accurate and sensitive biosensors for Minimal Residual Disease monitoring in the peripheral blood of acute leukaemia patients using circulating tumour DNA.
- Cancer Nanomedicine: Visualisation and Efficacy of Nanoparticle Delivery. This project will optimise nanoparticles as drug transporters to target cancer cells without harming normal cells.
- Targeting Metabolism of Leukaemia Stem Cells. This study will facilitate the development of effective inhibitors to kill leukaemia stem cells by cutting off their energy supplies, or blocking the process that turns the nutrients into energy, without affecting normal stem cells.
Boost your career
Each scholarship provides, for each year of the 4 year scholarship, a $40K per year stipend and up to $10K per year to help students build their career, and to support international collaborations. Tuition fees are also covered. Students will be coached and mentored to maximise their professional and career development.
If you think you have what it takes, and are excited by one of these four projects, you can apply via the links in the list above. But don’t wait! Applications close soon.