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Study your honours, master’s or PhD at the School of Medicine and your degree will be supervised by one of our expert researchers. 

See whose research interests match yours, then contact your prospective supervisor directly to discuss your research.


Medicine and biotechnology

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Professor Caryl Nowson

Nutrition related to hypertension and bone health.

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Professor Rod Snow

Muscle metabolism during exercise – gender and age effects, muscle exercise performance, metabolism and fatigue.

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Professor Aaron Russell

Mitochondrial development during exercise/disease, musculoskeletal health, muscle atrophy/hypertrophy.

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Medicine and biotechnology

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Professor David Ashley

Chair in Medicine (Barwon Health)

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Professor Michael Berk

Psychiatry, mood disorders, mental health treatment and outcomes, psychiatric epidemiology, biomarkers in mental health, primary prevention of mental illness.

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Professor Wei Duan

Nanomedicine, molecular pathology, early cancer detection, cancer stem cells, multi-drug resistance, lab-on-a-chip, aptamers, nanoliposomes, targeted cancer therapy and molecular imaging.

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Professor Gerard Gill

Socio-economic determinants of health, health workforce, appropriate prescribing, care of the elderly in community settings, health of veterans.

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Professor Jagat Kanwar

Nanomedicine, immunology and aptamer technology, cancer, chronic inflammatory diseases.

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Professor Johnson Mak

Infectious disease and HIV infection.

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Professor Ken Walder

Gene regulation in diabetes and obesity.

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Professor Alister Ward

Cytokin signalling, JAK-STAT-SOCS pathway, developmental biology, blood cell development, leukaemia, cancer biology, transcriptional regulation, infectious diseases, innate immunity.

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Professor David Watters

Surgical audits and surgical outcomes.

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Associate Professor Julie Pasco

The Geelong Osteoporosis Study, which generates evidence for defining the risk for osteoporosis and other chronic diseases, population-based cohort and case-control studies.

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Associate Professor Ross Carne

The effects of educational environment on course outcomes.

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Professor Tania de Koning-Ward

Microbiology, infection and immunity with particular emphasis on malaria pathogenesis.

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Dr Rupinder Kanwar

Immunology, molecular biology and nanotechnology, cancer, chronic inflammatory disease.

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Associate Professor Paul Lewandowski

Functional foods and supplements to treat CVD, obesity, diabetes and the ageing process via a nutrigenomics approach, culturally competent nutrition.

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Dr Daniel McCulloch

Musculoskeletal disorders: muscular dystrophy, arthritis. Developmental biology: pathways regulating vertebrate patterning and tissue and organ development. Biochemistry: biosynthesis, activation and substrate recognition of extracellular matrix remodelling enzymes.

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Dr Rob MacGinley

Hypertension, diet and disease, acute renal failure in ICU, chronic renal failure, elderly dialysis, vascular biology, clinical medicine.

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Associate Professor Sean McGee

Metabolic disease, obesity, diabetes signaling and transcription.

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Dr Janet McLeod

Gene expression in cardiovascular and appetite regulation and stress.

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Associate Professor John Stambas

Immune response following viral infection.

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Dr Nicole Stupka

Selenoprotiens, oxidative and ER stress responses in skeletal muscle metabolism and regeneration. Role of extracellular matrix remodelling in skeletal muscle regeneration.

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Based in Warrnambool

Clinical Associate Professor Tim Baker

Rural emergency medicine, health literacy.

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Based in Hamilton

Clinical Associate Professor Susan Brumby

Farmers' health and wellbeing.

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Medical Education and Optometry

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Professor Michael Berk

Psychiatry, mood disorders, mental health treatment and outcomes, psychiatric epidemiology, biomarkers in mental health, primary prevention of mental illness.

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Professor Brendan Crotty

Prevocational and specialist medical education, and postgraduate medical training.

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Professor Gerard Gill

Socio-economic determinants of health, health workforce, appropriate prescribing, care of the elderly in community settings, health of veterans.

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Professor David Watters

Surgical audits, health IT systems, surgical education.

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Associate Professor Ross Carne

The effects of educational environment on course outcomes.

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Associate Professor Julie Pasco

The Geelong Osteoporosis Study, which generates evidence for defining the risk for osteoporosis and other chronic diseases, population-based cohort and case-control studies.

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Dr Karen D'Souza

Doctor Patient Theme: communicating with patients, obtaining a medical history, clinical examination, appropriate investigation and the performance of clinical procedures.

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Dr Felice Jacka

Lifestyle-based treatment interventions for clinical depressive illnesses, the role of diet, physical activity and smoking as risk factors for the common mental disorders, population-based approaches to the prevention of mental health problems.

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