Faculty of Science and Engineering: Physics and Astronomy - Cellular organization of transport and signalling

Faculty of Science and Engineering: Physics and Astronomy - Cellular organization of transport and signalling


Physics and Astronomy

Project Name

Cellular organization of transport and signalling

Project Description

Dr. Varun K. A. Sreenivasan, Macquarie University and Dr. Senthil Arumugam, UNSW


Through a collaboration between researchers at Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales, the project aims to understand the biomolecular and biomechanical pathways in signalling and transport in cellular systems. Towards this goal, we aim at:

  1. Developing novel nanotechnology tools, including nanoparticle engineering for state-of-the-art microscopy techniques.
  2. Developing and implementing state-of-the-art optical microscopy techniques (Lattice light sheet microscopy, single molecule techniques) for studying cellular processes.
  3. Developing innovative image analysis solutions for cell biology.


We are looking for talented and motivated students with keen interest in interdisciplinary approaches and application of advanced nano-engineering techniques and cutting edge microscopy tools to study novel concepts in biological processes. Candidates with a background in biology, physics, engineering and materials chemistry are encouraged to apply.


Interested candidates are requested to send a one-page research statement, CV, and names and contact information of three references to varun.sreenivasan@mq.edu.auprior to applying for admission/scholarship at Macquarie University

Prospective applicants must lodge an application for admission/scholarship at Macquarie University, after getting in touch with Dr. Varun Sreenivasan

Varun Sreenivasan
+61 2 9850 9547

This scholarship is offered for an international PhD candidate for three years. The scholarship covers a stipend at $26, 288 per annum, tax exempt and international tuition fees.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to How to apply for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application form. .

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