9 Aug 2022

Congratulations to our eight RTP scholarship recipients!

L-R: (top) Crystal Li, Jack Edwards, Ella Rowsthorn, Tamsin Hilliard;
(bottom) Ishith Seth, Aaron Jurriens, Catherine Ives, Mikaela Patros
Professors Nicola Harris and Nigel Jones are Central Clinical School's graduate research student coordinators. They report on the great success in the latest domestic scholarship round, with the following eight students receiving Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships: 

  • Crystal Li* from the Department of Neuroscience, supervised by Prof Richelle Mychasiuk and Prof Luke Henderson, who will study Mechanisms of chronic pain: Contributions from the cerebellum
  • Jack Edwards*, Department of Immunology and Pathology, supervised by A/Prof Sashendra Senthi, A/Prof Menno van Zelm, thesis title: Immunophenotyping for biomarker discovery during cancer therapy
  • Ishith Seth from the Peninsula Clinical School, supervisors are Prof Warren Rozen and Prof David Hunter-Smith, with the research topic: Optimal trapezium implant for arthroplasty in the treatment of trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis
  • Mikaela Patros, Department of Neuroscience, supervised by Prof Vaughan Macefield and Dr Shobi Sivathamboo, and studying: Single-unit recordings from the human cervical vagus nerve
  • Catherine Ives from the Burnet Institute, supervised by Prof James Beeson, researching The burden of infections and poor nutrition among young children in Papua New Guinea
  • Tamsin Hilliard, Department of Neuroscience, with Dr Elspeth Hutton and A/Prof Joanne Fielding, thesis title: An evaluation of the vestibular system in patients who have received CGRP inhibitor therapy
  • Aaron Jurrjens at the Baker Institute, with A/Prof Anna Calkin and Prof Peter Meikle, studying Utilising Systems Genetics to Identify Novel Regulators of Cardiometabolic Disease, and
  • Ella Rowsthorn, Department of Neuroscience, supervised by Dr Ian Harding, A/Prof. Matthew Pase, Investigating neuroimaging endophenotypes as predictors of cognitive decline and neurodegeneration.

*In addition, Crystal and Jack were ranked the top two applicants across our entire Faculty, and were awarded Monash Graduate Excellence Scholarships (MGES)!

Nigel & Nicola say, "As many of us know, graduate research scholarships are becoming increasingly competitive, so please join with us in congratulating them on these excellent achievements, and welcoming them to the Central Clinical School Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program."

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