NHMRC supports 62 outstanding postgraduate scholars

The Australian Government is investing in the future capacity of Australian health and medical research with more than $7 million to support the research training of 62 outstanding graduates.

The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care

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The Australian Government is investing in the future capacity of Australian health and medical research with more than $7 million to support the research training of 62 outstanding graduates.


Successful applicants will be supported early in their research careers through National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarships.


Among the 62 recipients of funding are:

  • Dr Briony Shaw from Monash University who will investigate novel approaches to monitoring transfusion of patients with blood cancers, including a pilot program to transfuse patients in their homes
  • Dr Yanna Ko from Western Sydney University who will evaluate faecal microbiota transplantation as a method of restoring healthy gut bacteria when treating irritable bowel syndrome
  • Dr Michael Moso from The University of Melbourne who aims to develop a therapeutic approach using nanoparticles and gene therapy to cure human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection by reactivating latent virus
  • Dr Antonia Kolovos from Flinders University who will use functional, genetic and other indicators to create a risk calculator to identify patients with a high risk of vision loss from glaucoma and propose new approaches to glaucoma monitoring
  • Dr Karen Liddle from The University of Queensland who will use imaging and genetic testing to develop a model for precision diagnosis of children with hearing loss.

The full list of successful applicants can be found here.

Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:

“This is an important investment in the next generation of Australian medical research leaders.”


“The Australian Government is supporting outstanding health and medical graduates to be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive, strengthening our national research capacity.”

Quotes attributable to NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO

“The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship scheme supports graduates in medicine, dentistry, allied health and other fields early in their careers to undertake health and medical research,” NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said.


“Successful applicants are funded to attain a research-based postgraduate degree that will set them on the path to an independent research career.”

List of recipients funded (in order of Application ID)

Chief Investigator

Application Title

Administering Institution

Doctor Natacha Omer

Natural killer cell immunotherapy in paediatric sarcomas

The University of Queensland

Doctor Xi May Zhen

Overweight and obesity in young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes: mortality, pregnancy outcomes, and novel glycaemic interventions

The University of Sydney

Doctor Josephine Warren

Evaluation and diagnosis of cardiac allograft vasculopathy post heart transplant using novel Cardiac CT techniques.

Monash University

Harrison Hansford

The ZEUs (ZopiclonE for acUte low back pain) trial: A multi-site, double blind, randomised controlled trial of zopiclone for acute low back pain

The University of New South Wales

Doctor Sarah Heynemann

Ethics of cancer trials

The University of Sydney

Doctor Lawrence Kasherman

Improving outcomes and experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse patients affected by cancer participating in survivorship programs

The University of Sydney

Doctor Phillip Nguyen

Clonal determinants of immune evasion to allogeneic stem cell transplant in acute myeloid leukaemia

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Steven Nicolaides

Immune related adverse events of the gastrointestinal system and investigation of novel diagnostics and therapeutics

Monash University

Doctor Elisabeth Ng

Primary Aldosteronism: new strategies for diagnosis and management

Monash University

Doctor Hannah Gordon

Characterising the perinatal, neonatal and school-age childhood outcomes associated with diabetes in pregnancy

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Suyi Ooi

Advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers for prediction of clinical outcomes after a first seizure

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Avraham Travers

CD8+ T cell tolerance within the tumour draining lymph node as a novel immunotherapy target in colorectal cancer

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Gia Tang

The impact of gender affirming hormone therapy on scalp hair pattern and distribution

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Minh Huan Dang

Defining new therapeutic targets for ANCA-associated vasculitis

Monash University

Doctor Shuyu Wang

Advancing precision therapies for epilepsy

The University of Melbourne

Stefanie Dimov

The impact of post-school transitions on the mental health of young people with developmental disabilities

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Briony Shaw

Novel approaches to transfusion to improve supportive care for patients with blood cancers

Monash University

Doctor Rahul Muthalaly

Cardiovascular risk reduction in stroke survivors

Monash University

Doctor Rajan Rehan

Novel insights into ischemia and no obstructive coronary artery disease

The University of Sydney

Karan Rao

Investigating methods to optimise and streamline transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)

The University of Sydney

Lottie Morison

Improving outcomes for children with complex communication needs

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Doctor Omali Pitiyarachchi

Moving towards personalising treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer using a patient-derived tumour explant model

The University of New South Wales

Doctor Youlin Koh

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors And Depression in Atrial Fibrillation: The SAD-AF randomised controlled trial

Melbourne Health

Doctor Yanna Ko

The role of the gut microbiome in irritable bowel syndrome and its therapeutic potential

Western Sydney University

Rachael Farquhar

Investigating the effectiveness of systems-oriented implementation research and partnerships in malaria- endemic settings

Burnet Institute

Doctor Antonia Kolovos

Saving sight: Novel stratification instruments for glaucoma

Flinders University

Nina Leggett

Digital health to assist recovery after critical illness

The University of Melbourne

Juliana Kanawati

Three-dimensional (3D) printing to refine cardiac assessment and procedures

The University of Sydney

Doctor Justin Chua

Defining the landscape of ANCA- associated vasculitides in Australia and providing a foundation for improved care

Monash University

Doctor Michael Moso

Nanoparticle and gene therapy approaches to HIV cure

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Antonia Clarke

Community, country and cognition: a multi-jurisdictional assessment of dementia affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Yvonne Kong

Platelet biomarkers of thrombotic risk in type 2 diabetes

The University of Sydney

Yunduo Zhao

Coronary artery mimicking blood clot test: a point-of-care prothrombotic prediction device for patient-specific diagnosis

The University of Sydney

Doctor Natasha Gorrie

Understanding the phenotypic expression of early disease and genetics of cardiac amyloidosis

The University of New South Wales

Doctor Douglas Tjandra

Predicting progression of intestinal metaplasia to gastric cancer

Monash University

Ellie Medcalf

Generating the trial evidence end-users prefer: adding value to the analysis of a randomised controlled trial of patient-led surveillance for subsequent melanoma (MEL-SELF)

The University of Sydney

Rabia Khalid

Understanding the interplay between eating disorders and weight management therapy

The University of Sydney

Doctor Jeremy Hill

Towards ending tuberculosis and leprosy in the Pacific – implementing the PEARL study in South Tarawa, Kiribati

The University of Sydney

Doctor Karen Liddle

Precision diagnosis for children with hearing loss: optimising utilisation of imaging and genetic testing

The University of Queensland

Doctor Abera Saeed

Novel retinal imaging biomarkers for the assessment and prevention of diabetes complications

Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited

Doctor Shejil Kumar

The effects of osteoanabolic pharmacotherapy and osteogenic exercise on bone and muscle outcomes in postmenopausal osteoporosis: exploring the bone/muscle interface

The University of Sydney

Danielle Hutchinson

Community Sentiment Tool

The University of New South Wales

Doctor Russell Gear

Comparing the efficacy and acceptability of genomic testing and skin biopsy in diagnosing monogenic skin disease

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Doctor Justin Phan

Assessing the cardiac arrhythmia profile of cancer therapeutics

The University of New South Wales

Doctor Smitha Kumble

Critical evaluation of the diagnostic utility of whole genome and transcriptome sequencing and the training of physicians in the deployment of frontier diagnostic technologies in healthcare

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Doctor Emma Tay

Prescription drug monitoring program in New South Wales: a mixed methods study of implementation processes, stakeholder experiences, and program impact

The University of Sydney

Nga Yan Tse

Functional connectivity-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for young people with major depression

The University of Melbourne

Doctor Aashray Gupta

Evidence supporting strategies for coronary artery revascularisation

The University of Adelaide

Doctor Aleece MacPhail

Predicting and preventing sepsis in patients with haematological malignancy

Monash University

Doctor Joshua Wong

Heart failure prevention in cancer survivors by recognition and treatment of subclinical disease

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Doctor Alex Stoyanov

Detection of autoantibodies using novel bioluminescent systems

The University of Sydney

John Chetwood

Optimising biologics in inflammatory bowel disease

The University of Sydney

Georgia Carstensen

Novel policy approaches to reduce the supply and availability of tobacco products

The University of Queensland

Catherine Banks

Targeted and stem cell therapeutics for cystic fibrosis sinus disease

The University of New South Wales

Doctor Chun Mei Thng

Investigating novel prevention and treatment strategies for gonococcal control

Griffith University

Doctor Adam Peterson

Human amnion epithelial cell derived novel therapeutics in inflammatory bowel disease

Monash University

Sarah Donoghue

Towards treatment of intellectual disability caused by errors in the chromatin machinery

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Yasmin Mohamed

Vaccine champions and vaccine communication program

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Doctor Patricia Khoo

Novel bacteria as a therapy for inflammatory bowel disease

Monash University

Doctor Megan Frohlich

Application of novel personalised medicine tools to understand treatment mechanisms in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

The University of New South Wales

Doctor Melissa Shields

Better vision for patients with ocular toxoplasmosis

Flinders University

Michael Dymock

Designing Bayesian clinical trials to enhance clinician- and consumer-directed decision-making

The University of Western Australia

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