Health PhD stories

Our current PhD candidates and graduates have taken their PhD experience at Deakin to new heights and made valuable contributions to health research. Here are their stories.

Open a world of opportunities

Join Deakin's research community and you'll unlock a world of opportunity. Connect with some of the world's leading health researchers who will provide guidance throughout your degree. You'll pursue the area of research you're passionate about, access world-class facilities and make valuable connections with industry. Be ready to step into your future and a rewarding career in research.


A passion for neuroscience inspired Pamela Barhoun’s PhD journey to develop interventions to help children with motor development disorders move better.


Rebecca Edgar is a parasitologist who studies the human malaria parasite and is working towards novel drug targets to treat the disease.

We have an amazing, diverse range of researchers and fields of research, so I knew that it was the right place for me to do my PhD.

Pamela Barhoun

PhD graduate

Exercise science

Steve Foulkes is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and has pursued a research career centred around developing exercise interventions aimed at improving cardiovascular health for cancer patients.

Nutrition and rural health

As an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Laura focused her research on rural health inequalities in non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease.


Rebecca Jedwab used her passion for nurses’ wellbeing to research how implementing new technology in an acute healthcare setting affects both nurses and their work.

Read Rebecca's story

Many people believe that pursuing a PhD means you’re always going to be stuck in academia, but the field is wide open for you. During your PhD you will gain skills that can be transferred to industry and make you a great candidate.

Shewta Patel

PhD candidate in molecular pathology

Inspiring through research

Sport science

PhD candidate Olivia Knowles shares how the skills she’s learning in sports science will help make an impact as women’s football grows.

Health and human services design

Matthew Lloyd has used his PhD to highlight Indigenous perspectives that bring together health and human services system design for the benefit of everyone.

Molecular pathology of cancer

Shweta Patel's research involves developing a new method for cancer pathology, which could reduce the odds for abdomen-based cancer patients needing to undergo a second surgery.

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