Medical Science PhD Unit Set
Medical Science research at ECU concentrates on Neuroscience (with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease), Cancer (with an emphasis on Melanoma), Reproductive Biology and Evolutionary Biology.
Specific postgraduate research topics are developed in conjunction with the postgraduate coordinator or potential supervisor. Applications are particularly encouraged from those with an interest in: Genetics/Epigenetics of Alzheimer’s disease; Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease; Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART); Reproductive Health and Pregnancy Blood based biomarkers for Melanoma and other cancers; The family and intergenerational health; Suboptimal Health Glycomics Researchers in the school are currently involved in projects investigating how genetics plays a role in the rate at which Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the impact of lifestyle factors on preventing Alzheimer’s disease and biomarker studies in Alzheimer’s disease. Other projects include blood based diagnostic and prognostic markers of melanoma and other cancers and biomarkers of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Researchers are also involved in the Busselton Health Ageing Study, E health working with dementia, improving ART outcomes, factors that impact foetal and placental growth, the role of grandparents in family and community health and applying evolutionary perspectives to health and disease. The School also boasts purpose built medical science research laboratories and access to a purpose built neuroscience facility, all with state-of-the-art research equipment.
Special entry requirements
It is desirable that all applicants contact a potential supervisor to discuss their research project before applying. Information about ECU's Research Institutions, Centres and Supervisors can be found in the school brochures listed on the Applying for a Research Degree’ website or the staff contact page of the relevant School.
Availability & Campus
Candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy Integrated (J42) may be required to attend classes on more than one campus to complete the research training component of the course.
Candidates are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors as part of the supervised independent research component of the course.
Employment opportunities exist in research institutions, universities, medical laboratories and private industry.
Possible future job titles
Medical Scientist, Medical Researcher, Biomedical Science Researcher, Research Officer, Scientific Officer, Scientific Director