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Phd Scholarship: Harnessing Nanotechnology To Unravel The Phenotypic Heterogeneity Of Extracellular Vesicles

The University of Queensland - St Lucia, QLD

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Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The award

Supervisor - Professor Matt Trau

Cell-to-cell communication is essential for multicellular life and is mediated by intrinsic neuronal networks and chemical messengers. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have emerged as new agents of intercellular communication, the biological functions of which are influenced by their phenotypic heterogeneity. EVs are cell-derived, nanoscopic bioparticles that are highly heterogenous and comprise different populations and subpopulations. However, knowledge of their phenotypic heterogeneity is limited, and which populations facilitate cellular responses and how phenotype affects function is far from understood. The biological understanding of these vesicles could have far-reaching impact with potential to transform biology and significantly benefit diagnostics and drug delivery.

This PhD project aims to develop a suite of novel nanotechnologies to study extracellular vesicles with unprecedented depth and is expected to provide a holistic view of their biological role.

A working knowledge of biotechnology with interest in nanotechnology and microfluidics would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A background or knowledge of molecular biology, chemistry and/or biology is highly desirable.


The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply).


For further information, please contact Dr Alain Wuethrich at a.wuethrich@uq.edu.au 0401 247 255

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:
check your eligibility
prepare your documentation
contact Dr Alain Wuethrich (a.wuethrich@uq.edu.au) to discuss your suitability for this scholarship

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘NANOTECH-TRAU’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

See an example of what you have to do

Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ


St Lucia, QLD

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