Study with QRC-PVD - Information for Students

The QRC-PVD seeks expressions of interest from outstanding PhD, Masters and Honours candidates with relevant science backgrounds. Our projects encompass both pre-clinical and clinical work on a range of peripheral vascular disease topics. Full and top-up scholarships are available for applicants with excellent academic results who are motivated to study this important area.

Honours projects

Honours studies require a full-time commitment for one year (two semesters) and can commence in either February or August.

Potential QRC-PVD Honours projects include:

  • Pharmacological inhibition of aortic aneurysm using an animal model
  • Genetic determinants of aortic aneurysm development in an animal model
  • Genetic determinants of aortic aneurysm in patients
  • Examining critical pathways in aortic aneurysm in vitro using human cells and explants
  • Examining critical pathways in atherosclerosis plaque instability in vitro
  • Examining genetics of varicose veins

Students interested in participating in the JCU Medicine or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honours programs who have completed their undergraduate training in MBBS, BSc, BBiomedSc, BMedlabSc or equivalent are encouraged to contact Professor Jon Golledge.

Postgraduate research projects

Potential QRC-PVD postgraduate research projects include:

  • Developing new mice models of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • Investigating the effect of medication on aneurysm development and progression in mice models
  • Relating human biomarkers to AAA presence and progression
  • Investigating mechanisms underlying the association of obesity and AAA
  • Investigating the influence of exercise on pathological markers of AAA
  • Assessing the influence of cytokines on aneurysm development in mice models

Students interested in undertaking a PhD or Masters research project with the QRC-PVD should contact Professor Jon Golledge to discuss these and other projects of mutual interest.

For application procedures, visit the JCU Graduate Research School website.

Scholarship opportunities

Higher degree by research students may be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (JCUPRS). Other scholarship opportunities may also be available; see Scholarships@JCU.

The QRC-PVD offers Combined PhD Scholarships of up to $34,000 per annum to APA or JCUPRD scholarship holders who opt to undertake research within the QRC-PVD.