Student project opportunities
Students form an integral part of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research which is Western Australia’s premier adult medical research institute.
With more than 200 staff and students, our mission is to improve the health of Western Australians through cutting edge research that translates into new ways to prevent and treat disease.
Our research focuses on the major diseases that face Western Australians today including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity, ageing and nerve and muscle disease.
We provide project opportunities for students from any university enrolled in degrees including:
• Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
• Bachelor of Science with Honours
• Bachelor of Biomedical Science
• Relevant masters programs
• PhD studies
New facilities, test technology
We have entered an exciting new era with our two new research centres at Nedlands and Murdoch. The new buildings combine the talent, technology and facilities available for medical research in Western Australia
and enable greater collaboration between many of the State’s major research groups.
The building at Nedlands, the main headquarters of the Perkins, is located at the QEII Medical Centre. The building at Murdoch is located on the Fiona Stanley Hospital campus.
Get in touch
We welcome contact from potential students. Details of how to get in touch with Perkins Laboratory Heads are provided here.
If you are interested in volunteering for laboratory experience, please contact Rosie Jayasekera.
With new facilities, the latest technology and many opportunities for formal and informal collaboration it is an exciting time to study at the Perkins. We have entered a new era with our two new research centres at Nedlands and Murdoch. The building at Nedlands, the main headquarters of the Perkins, is located at the QEII Medical Centre.
Scholarships and awards
Various scholarships and awards are available. For further information see scholarships.
See below the project opportunities offered in 2019/2020.
Cancer Epigenetics Laboratory
Laboratory Head: Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort firstname.lastname@example.org
Project 1: Development of a novel strategy using engineered peptides to selectively sensitise metastatic breast cancers to chemotherapy agents
Project 2: Engineering the cancer epigenome and targeting metastatic behaviour using CRISPR/Cas9
Project 3: Discovery and characterisation of new oncogenic drivers in breast cancer
Laboratory Head: Associate Professor Evan Ingley email@example.com
Project 1: Hitting the off-switch to stop cancer cells spreading - Control of migration and invasion by the invadopodia regulator AFAP1L1 in sarcoma
Project 2: Personalized Medicine for Sarcoma Patients - Using next-generation sequencing and bioinformatic analysis to match the most effective chemotherapy to each sarcoma patient
Project 3: Improving the quality of blood during storage and transfusion for cancer patients - Investigating the role of tyrosine kinases in regulating the integrity and longevity of red blood cells
Laboratory Head: Professor Peter Leedman
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- Enhancer elements in human disease
- Single-cell transcriptomics
- Multicellularity and disease
- ZENBU Genome browser – data visualisation, statistics, peer-to-peer, cloud, integration
- General call – Systems Biology, genomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics
- Designing targeted nanoparticle delivery for diagnostic imaging of cancers
- Developing recombinant proteins for tumour-specific delivery
- Analysing the “Blood-Tumour”-Barrier
Project 1: Relationship between fluid resuscitation and the endothelium in sepsis
Project 2: Anaphylaxis and Snakebite: Mechanisms of activation of immune cells by antivenoms
Project 3: MicroRNAs as biomarkers for the diagnosis of critical illness
Project 4: Unravelling the association between delirium and attendance by older people from aged care to the emergency department
Project 5: Creating a 3-D blood vessel-on-a-chip: investigating vascular responses in critical illness.
Project 1: Developing novel diagnostics for the earlier detection and treatment of peritonitis
Project 2: The role of mesothelial cells in peritoneal- dialysis associated peritonitis
Project 3: Understanding bacterial factors that predict more severe disease
Project 4: Using peritoneal dialysis as a uniquely accessible human system to study host-pathogen interactions linked to standardized clinical outcomes
- Genetic analyses of type 1 diabetes
- Finding a cure for diabetic retinopathy
- Identifying who is most likely to die from heart disease
- Identifying genetic signatures of high-risk cancer
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Project 1: Developing new molecular tools to edit the epigenome
Project 2: Investigating epigenome reconfiguration during learning and memory
Project 3: Artificial manipulation of human cell identity
Project 1: Investigation of G Protein-Coupled Receptor Molecular Pharmacology
Project 1: Energy dysfunction in prostate cancer
Project 2: The role of metabolism in obesity and insulin resistance
Project 3: Characterising the pathology of heart disease
Project 4: Developing new models of disease using CRISPR/ Cas technologies
Project 5: The role of protein syntheses in health and disease
Project 1: Disease gene discovery
Project 2: Devising and evaluating therapies for neurogenetic diseases
Project 1: Beyond CRISPR-Cas9: new tools to manipulate genes
Project 2: Mitochondrial protein synthesis – a master regulator of disease?
Project 3: Using synthetic biology to create new therapeutics