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PhD projects are now available to study a wide range of topics in biosecurity and pathogenesis

Top-up scholarships are available!

Listed below is an example of projects available in the Solomon Lab. Please contact Peter to discuss these further or other possibilities (note that the skills gained in the project are shown in brackets after the project) …

Studying pathogen proteins that cause disease

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How does P-glycoprotein confer resistance to so many anti-cancer drugs? Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
How does pfCRT confer drug resistance to malaria? Honours, Masters, PhD
Identification and characterisation of membrane transport proteins Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Identification and functional characterisation of flax rust effectors Honours, Masters, PhD
Identification of 2000 novel protein isoforms in the human and mouse genomes Bachelor, PhD
Identification of molecular mechanisms of action and direct target genes of developmental signalling pathways in sponges PhD
Identification of target genes of developmental transcription factors Brachyury, Gata and Caudal in sponges PhD
Identifying general rules why species differ in their sensitivity to climate variability Not open to students.
Impact of early thermal environments on thermal behaviour and physiology in lizards Honours
Improving C4 photosynthesis by genetic manipulation Honours, PhD
Improving drought tolerance in wheat by selectively inhibiting negative regulators of drought stress signalling Honours, PhD
Infection of plants by rust fungi Not open to students.
Insect ecology, morphology or physiology Honours, PhD
Insect vision & navigation Not open to students.
Integrative taxonomy of Australian monsoonal herpetofauna Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Investigating adaptive genomic variation underlying drought tolerance in Eucalyptus Bachelor
Investigating the genetic architecture of thermal acclimation of leaf energy metabolism using GWAS Honours, Masters, PhD
Investigating the interactions between respiration and photosynthesis in leaf photosynthetic function Not open to students.
Ion homeostasis in the malaria parasite Not open to students.
Isotope effects and natural isotope abundance Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Kin selection and competition in cooperative breeders Not open to students.
Laboratory overview Honours, Bachelor, PhD
Landscape genomics Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Limiting factors and impacts of climate change for endangered Australian orchids Not open to students.
Linking intracellular communication to whole-plant stress responses Honours, PhD