Higher Degree Research

CAI staff supervise Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students working in a diverse range of disciplines, such as Medicine, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and the Biological and Chemical Sciences. In addition to supervising our own HDR students, the Centre supports the research of other candidates throughout the University.

Find out information on how to apply for a Research Higher Degree (MPhil or PhD) with the Centre below. For all enquiries regarding research supervision, please contact  hdr@cai.uq.edu.au

Scholarships Available:

PhD: Understanding the role of the complement system in post-traumatic epilepsy
(New project with Professor David Reutens)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant health issue and is frequently complicated by the development of epilepsy. A substantial body of evidence supports a key role for inflammation in epileptogenesis, the pathological process that leads to the development and progression of spontaneous recurrent epileptic seizures. It is also well recognized that TBI induces a vigorous inflammatory response. This PhD explores the premise that therapies directed against inflammation may prevent or ameliorate post-traumatic epilepsy. It focuses on the complement system, a potent effector of innate immunity. The 3 year project will involve extensive behavioural tests in mice, electroencephalography, MRI, PET and immunohistology. A suitable candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate on other projects.

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PhD: Novel Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Theranostics

  • New methodologies for simple and efficient radiolabelling of peptides and macromolecules.
  • New theranostics, diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, antibody-drug conjugates for cancers including prostate and ovarian cancer, glioma, melanoma and osteosarcoma.
  • Health economics of targeted drugs and diagnostic agents

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PhD and MPhil: Biomedical Imaging Technology

  • Machine learning and big data (multimodal imaging, clinical and genomic data).
  • New MRI and PET methodologies to increase diagnostic accuracy, patient comfort and safety.
  • Regulatory and reimbursement frameworks for artificial intelligence in imaging.

PhD:  Development and Validation of Nanomedicines: Novel Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Theranostics.

Nanomedicine is a major driver of the biotechnology sector and contributes significantly to innovation in Australia. We are seeking high achieving graduate students to undertake postgraduate research into next generation nanomedicines. These projects will have a strong industry focus, with dedicated input and training from commercial partners in the biotechnology sector. Applicants should have experience in chemistry and biology, and can expect high-level training in state-of-the-art imaging facilities for in vivo validation of new technologies. The unique collaborative environment presented within this program will offer the candidate opportunities to expand their career into areas spanning academia and industry. In particular the candidate will be involved in developing new theranostics, diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, antibody-drug conjugates for cancers including prostate and ovarian cancer, glioma, melanoma and osteosarcoma.

New PhD Projects with A/Prof Kai-Hsiang Chuang:

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful tool that can map structure, function and connectivity of the brain noninvasively for understanding brain function and its deficit in disorders. As the same technique can be applied in both humans and animals, it allows direct translation of findings in animal models to humans, or vice versa. The laboratory aims to identify neuro-endophenotype of brain functions and disorders using advanced MRI techniques to improve our understanding of cognitive functions and to facilitate early diagnosis of diseases and evaluation of treatment. A/Prof Kai-Hsiang Chuang is currently recruiting students for the following projects:

  • Understand neural basis of resting-state network
  • Understand interplay between blood flow, amyloid plaque and brain connectivity
  • Neuroinflammation, brain connectivity and neurodegeneration
  • Improving functional MRI through modeling and imaging microvascular dynamics - project collaboration with A/Prof Markus Barth 

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Research Programs

The Centre for Advanced Imaging offers two Higher degree research programs:

  • the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • the Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

On average the PhD takes 3.5 years to complete and the MPhil takes 2 years.

The HDR Program is all about training to become an independent researcher. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of your field and will be involved in cutting-edge research at the forefront of the field. You will develop skills enabling you to communicate your work to audiences both within your field and to the wider community and you will contribute to the scientific literature within your field. You will develop transferable skills such as independent and critical thinking, project management, time management, scientific writing and more. 

Throughout your candidature you can expect to have support from your supervisors with respect to your research project and associated milestones, and support from administrative staff with respect to Candidature matters. UQ also provides counselling services and regular career development courses.

UQ follows the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research which guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices and promotes integrity in research for researchers.

To apply for an HDR program at CAI

Why Choose Us?

Imaging Science has been identified as one of UQ’s research strengths. The Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) has been established as a strategic initiative of The University of Queensland, dedicated to developing research, education and the quality of health management.

Our HDR students receive a number of benefits including:

  • Dedicated and experienced academic staff who are able to supervise across a number of fields
  • The opportunity to attend lectures from our Postgraduate Coursework programs
  • An active and supportive student association - STAC
  • Funding for conference travel