Available student projects
ParkC is looking for dedicated, high performing, self motivated learners to undertake Postgraduate Research projects within our laboratory.
Specifically, we have established several cell culture models of Parkinson’s degeneration and are seeking students to:
1. Investigate the function of significant genes identified in dopaminergic neuron cell death.
- This project will utilise cellular and molecular biological techniques (cell culture, antisense RNA technology, gene expression analysis, functional assays).
2. Compare different in vitro models of PD
- This project will utilise cellular and molecular biological techniques (cell culture, gene expression analysis, functional assays, and comparative bioinformatics).
As part of the ParkC team, students:
- Receive high level, individualised supervision;
- Are part of a larger multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional group;
- Attend several support group meetings for people with Parkinson’s where they are given the opportunity to explain their project;
- Attend at least one local conference, and one national conference in their second year, with the option of an international conference dependent on results;
- Have access to world class laboratory facilities located both within ECU as well as at the University of Western Australia; and
- Are provided with a range of support services (cultural, academic and campus transition, statisticians, writing experts, career guidance and development, and training to building research skills.