Rising Star Projects

Rising Star Projects

Apply for a Domestic Prestige Research Scholarship or an Indigenous Prestige Research Scholarship to work with one of our Rising Star Researchers.

Our Rising Stars are high-calibre up and coming researchers doing world class research right here at JCU.  Spanning areas of research from vulnerable community resilience and disaster management to molecular therapies using parasitic worms, from Indonesian fishery sustainability to stroke diagnostics, and with some flexibility to design your own project, working with a Rising Star at JCU will provide a rewarding and successful research experience.

Associate Professor Jennifer Deger

Associate Professor Jennifer Deger

Visual, Digital, Material: Experimental Screen and Museum Ethnography

This program draws together themes of film and exhibition making, creativity, collaboration, new public anthropologies, material culture, sensuous scholarship, art as ethnography and social engagement. We have a strong emphasis on...

Doctor Joe Moxon

Doctor Joe Moxon

Hidden in the blood – unmasking biomarkers for rapid stroke diagnosis

Stroke affects ~ 50,000 Australians each year, and this number is expected to rise over the coming decades. Current stroke treatments are only effective if administered within 4.5 hours of stroke onset, however, fewer than 10% of eligible patients receive therapy within this time frame.

Doctor Naomi Gardiner

Doctor Naomi Gardiner

Fisheries science for the sustainable management of Indonesia’s marine and coastal resources

Investigate what life history traits drive species’ response to current fishing practices and management actions. Comparing species traits and their population dynamics across gradients of fisheries management actions, environments, and proximity to human...

Associate Professor Caryn West

Associate Professor Caryn West

Multiple projects available

Associate Professor West’s areas of research principally include: disaster management and mitigation, alcohol-related injuries in Australian Indigenous communities and nursing education all of which are drawn together through the theme of resilience. At present a number of doctoral opportunities are available...

Doctor Ira Cooke

Doctor Ira Cooke

Discovering key genes controlling interactions between corals and their microbiota

This project is an opportunity to create a multi-layered molecular map of coral larval development, and use it to discover key genes involved in the interactions between corals and their microbiota. You will have access to mass spectrometry, RNA sequencing...

Doctor Paul Giacomin

Doctor Paul Giacomin

New treatments for human inflammatory diseases derived from parasitic worms and their secreted products

A project is available for an ambitious HDR student to work with our research team on discovering and testing new molecular therapies for inflammatory disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease...

Doctor Tiffany Morrison

Doctor Tiffany Morrison

Crafting transformative governance in the Anthropocene

This project examines the mobilisation of different types of power in transformative governance. Students will be at liberty to design their own research project testing a new typology of power published in 2017 in the journal WIREs Climate Change...

Doctor Tobin Northfield

Doctor Tobin Northfield

Improving tropical agriculture through predator and pollinator conservation

As human populations grow and expand into natural areas, a question of critical importance is how we will be able to feed a growing global population while minimising negative environmental impacts...