Undergraduate research experiences

Enhance your undergraduate program with a research experience.

By working with our academics and partners on laboratory projects, you'll experience working in a formal research environment and discover the types of investigations that are being undertaken in your field of interest. 

To gain extra laboratory experience you can choose research-intensive courses and take part in summer and winter research projects, and exchange programs.

Download our Overview of the undergraduate research opportunities and how to identify suitable research labs for your study below.

Download overview of Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Current SBMS Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Please note that there may be other research opportunities that are not on this list. Students are encouraged to contact individual academics for more information.

Name of the academic
Type(s) of research opportunity
Project titles
Dr Louise Ainscough
Undergraduate research (semester 1 or 2), honours
Understanding and improving how students learn in the biomedical sciences.
Dr Lisa Akison
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
  1. Impact and value of a Capstone course in biomedical education
  2. Supporting students to study histology in biomedical science
Dr Awais Saleem Babri
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
  1. Application of technology in gross anatomy classrooms
  2. Developing MRI Image repository of abdominothoracic and pelvic organs
A/Prof Karin Borges
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
Developing new strategies to treat epilepsy
A/Prof Jo Bowles
SCIE projects, Honours
  1. Determining the individual and interactive effects of individual macronutrients, in utero, on testis development.
  2. Investigating inhalational general anaesthetic exposure during pregnancy on non-genetic heritable elements in foetal germ cells and neurobehavioral impairment.
A/Prof Richard Clark
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
  1. Developing complement-targeting peptides for inflammatory diseases
  2. Development of new peptide-based drugs for the treatment of pain
Dr Sean Coakley
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
Discovering the cellular mechanisms of neuroprotection
Prof Elizabeth Coulson
SCIE projects, Honours projects
How do interactions between p75NTR, basal forebrain and the glymphatic system play a role in neurodegenerative disease?
Dr Taylor Dick
SCIE projects, Winter/Summer research projects, Honours
Multiple projects related to neuromuscular function in health, aging, and disease
Dr Sebastian Furness and Dr Farhad DehkohdaSCIE projects, Honours
  1. How do you turn the off the Ghrelin receptor, the target of the “Hungry Cookie Monster” hormone?
  2. What can we learn about Dopamine receptor signalling from novel fluorescent ligands?
  3. How does cholesterol change cholecystokinin receptor function to stop us from feeling satiated?
Dr Sebastian FurnessSCIE projects, Honours
Why does the “Barbie Drug” (Melanotan II) need MRAP2 to partner melanocortin 4 receptor for weight loss?
Dr Judit Kibedi
SCIE projects, Honours
  1. Connecting and articulating the relevance of learning to the professional world
  2. Developing students’ emotional intelligence throughout university
Dr John Lee
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
Identifying new immune targets for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases
Prof Mark MidwinterHonours

1.  Studies of snake-venom based hydrogel as haemostatic dressing for uncontrolled traumatic haemorrhage. [Some of the work will be done at Gatton lab].

2. Circulating extracellular vesicle responses to haemorrhage.

A/Prof Sean MillardHonours
  1. Investigating how the cell surface protein, Dscam2, regulates memory formation.
  2. Understanding the role of the ALS risk factor, GGNBP2, in autophagy.
A/Prof Dominic Ng
SCIE and Honours beginning or mid-year 2024
  1. How neurometabolic dysfunction impairs brain growth.
  2. The role of tubulin-binding phosphoproteins in maintaining healthy neurons.
  3. How molecular chaperones assemble protein condensates for metabolic flux.
  4. How protons control kinase conformations for signal transduction.
Dr Julia Pagan
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
Understanding how mitochondrial dysfunction causes multiple human diseases
A/Prof Johan Rosengren
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
  1. Designing modulators for the relaxin-3 neuropeptide receptor to control food intake
  2. Structural studies of conotoxins
  3. Optimising NMR spectroscopy based peptide structure determination
A/Prof Marc Ruitenberg
SCIE projects, Honours
  1. Dissecting the role of myeloid cell subsets in lesion site development and recovery from spinal cord injury.
  2. How does high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy improve recovery from spinal cord injury?
  3. Understanding immune (dys)function after spinal cord injury.
  4. Understanding the contribution of extracellular vesicles to the outcome of spinal cord injury.
  5. Endogenous stem/progenitor cell responses to CNS injury.
  6. Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-based strategies for spinal cord repair
A/Prof Carl Stephan
  1. Craniofacial analysis for human identification
  2. New methods to assist the forensic identification of human skeletons
Em. Prof Maree T Smith
Analgesic efficacy profiling of novel compounds from drug discovery in rat models of neuropathic (nerve) pain
A/Prof Rohan Teasdale
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
Protein trafficking in disease
Prof Walter Thomas, Dr Melissa Reichelt, Dr Uda Ho
SCIE projects, Honours
Understanding how cancer therapy causes cardiac dysfunction; The role of growth factor receptors in cardiac function
Dr Jacob Thorstensen
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
Using advanced electromyography techniques to study spinal cord reflexes in humans
A/Prof Kylie Tucker
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
Musculoskeletal features associated with the development of scoliosis
A/Prof Jana Vukovic
SCIE projects, Honours
  1. Investigating the role of microglia – the brain’s resident immune cells – in traumatic brain injury
  2. Investigating the role of microglia – the brain’s resident immune cells – following infection of the CNS.
Prof Trent Woodruff
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
Exploring the pharmacology of complement drugs for inflammatory disease
Dr Sherry Wu
SCIE projects, winter/summer research, Honours
  1. Developing novel strategies to overcome immune suppression in cancer
  2. Development of novel nano-approaches for cancer treatment