Determining the Effects of Alzheimer's Disease on the Eyes

Determining the Effects of Alzheimer's Disease on the Eyes

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Opening Date

01 Mar 2019 12am AEDT 

Closing Date

30 Aug 2019 12am AEST 

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This is an excellent project for candidates who wish to develop a career in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. The student will use a combination of cell biology, transgenic animal models of disease, gene therapy and human clinical studies to determine the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on the eyes. Research will apply cutting edge biochemistry, molecular biology, electrophysiology, imaging and clinical tools to develop novel methods with an application to dementia.

The main aim of the project is to investigate the mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease pathology and study its impact on the retina and to identify causal pathways involved in disease pathogenesis. The project offers the opportunity to work on one of the biggest neuroscience challenges of this century. Worldwide, around 50 million people are estimated to have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of which is dementia, with the number projected to increase to more than 75 million by 2030. This project will identify biochemical markers of AD diagnosis, and subsequently use cutting edge gene therapy techniques to modulate pathways that could be protective in the disease.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and dedicated, with a background in biomedical sciences or clinical studies. The successful applicant will benefit from being supervised by experts in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease, biochemistry, proteomics, bioinformatics, ophthalmology and vision sciences.

Supervisors: Dr Vivek Gupta, Professor Stuart Graham.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Scholarship Components

This scholarship provides a full-time living allowance/stipend currently valued at AUD $27,596 per annum, tax exempt (2019 rate) and a tuition-fee offset scholarship.

Contact Details

Name: Dr Vivek Gupta
Phone: +61 2 98502760

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, select the "How to Apply" button below.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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