Research projects for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students are available within the following School of Pharmacy research areas and research centre. Please email our academic staff to discuss potential HDR projects and ask if they are available as an advisor for your proposed HDR program.

Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacometrics

Title: Developing, evaluating, and embedding cultural competence in healthcare
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Can Pharmacy Practice research be transformational as well as translational – pharmacists' perspectives
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Optimal patient and health professional education for optimised treatment adherence
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Developing pharmacokinetic models for immunosuppressants in solid organ transplant patients
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Improving the use of immunosuppressant agents in solid organ transplant patients
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Establishing pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models for antibiotics used in special paediatric populations
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Precision medicine dosing
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Pharmacodynamic modelling of data in patients with tuberculosis
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Optimal experimental design and its application for clinical studies
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Population pharmacokinetics in children, especially premature infants
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Title: Adherence and its relationship to patient beliefs towards their medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Neil Cottrell

Title: Exposure and absorption of bioactive alkaloids during farming of Duboisia for scopolamine production
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Pharmacodynamics of antibiotic dosing regimens against multi-drug resistant bacteria
Contact: Professor Jason Roberts, Dr Fekade Sime

Title: Pharmacodynamic interactions of antibiotics and non-antibiotic drugs
Contact: Professor Jason Roberts, Dr Fekade Sime

Medication Use, Safety and Health Services Research

Title: Developing, evaluating, and embedding cultural competence in healthcare
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Can Pharmacy Practice research be transformational as well as translational – pharmacists' perspectives
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Optimal patient and health professional education for optimised treatment adherence
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Developing pharmacokinetic models for immunosuppressants in solid organ transplant patients
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Improving the use of immunosuppressant agents in solid organ transplant patients
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Establishing pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models for antibiotics used in special paediatric populations
Contact: Dr Christine Staatz

Title: Patient and practitioner beliefs, decisions and use of complementary medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Lubricants and devices to improve oral medication swallowing and compliance
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Adherence and its relationship to patient beliefs towards their medicines
Contact: Associate Professor Neil Cottrell

Title: Pharmacy and oral healthcare
Contact: Dr Meng-Wong Taing

Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoeconomics

Title: Medicines use in Australia and other countries
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Real world outcomes with the use of high cost medicines in hospital treatments (e.g. cancer)
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: What is the quality of evidence to support medicine use in Australia and other countries?
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Health technology assessment (HTA) in low and middle income countries
Contact: Dr Sam Hollingworth

Title: Establishing PK and PD models for antibiotics used in special pediatric populations
Contact: Dr Stefanie Hennig

Biotherapeutic Delivery and Diagnostic Solutions

Title: Computer-aided design, synthesis and evaluation of targeted drug delivery systems
Contact: Dr Ben Ross

Title: Engineering peptides and proteins as therapeutics
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Improving the delivery characteristics of protein / peptide drugs
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Deciphering the roles of post-translational modifications
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Recombinant, semisynthetic and synthetic vaccines
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Targeted delivery systems for RNAi and DNA delivery
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Enhancing the activity of antimicrobial agents
Contact: Dr Peter Moyle

Title: Compounding and compunded medicines: issues and quality
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Australian native plant sources of nicotine: Dubiosia and Nicotiana
Contact: Associate Professor Kathryn Steadman

Title: Engineering nanostructures and nanomedicines using supercritical fluid technology
Contact: Dr James Falconer

Title: Improving delivery of challenging to formulate bioactives using advanced delivery systems
Contact: Dr James Falconer

Title: Discovery of new drugs from indigenous Australian plants using supercritical fluids
Contact: Dr James Falconer

Title: Design, construction, and development of supercritical fluid technology
Contact: Dr James Falconer

Title: Characterisation of high pressure spray behaviour and bioactive
Contact: Dr James Falconer

Title: Delivery of therapeutics to the posterior eye
Contact: Dr Harendra Parekh

Title: Gene delivery in obesity & diabetes
Contact: Dr Harendra ParekhDr Ganesh Kokil

Title: Development of bioresponsive drug/gene carrier systems
Contact: Dr Harendra Parekh, Dr Karnaker Tupally

Title: Development of ultrasound-responsive formulations for diagnostic and therapeutic application
Contact: Dr Harendra Parekh, Assoc Prof Peter Cabot

Title: Formulation of delivery systems for cannabinoid-based therapeutics 
Contact: Dr Harendra Parekh, Dr Juliana M Torres

Title: In silico led design, synthesis and evaluation of peptide/small molecule therapeutics
Contact: Dr Harendra Parekh, Dr Ajit Kandale, Dr Rink-Jan LohmanAssoc Prof Peter Cabot

Title: Bioresponsive orous silicon-polymer composite nano- and micro-particles for oral protein delivery
Contact: Dr Tushar Kumeria, Dr Amirali Popat

Title: Nanostructured implants for improved bone regeneration and osseointegration
Contact: Dr Tushar Kumeria, Dr Amirali Popat

Title: Mesoproous silica nanoparticles synthesis and application in drug delivery, diagnosis and therapeutic protein delivery
Contact: Dr Amirali Popat

Title: Inorganic nanoparticles for targeting bacterial biofilms
Contact: Dr Amirali Popat

Title: Cardiovascular disease on the chip
Contact: Professor Peter Little AM and Dr Hang Ta
 
Title: Thrombolytic nanomaterials to dissolve blood clots
Contact: Professor Peter Little AM and Dr Hang Ta
 
Title: Smart nanosensor for detecting and grading cardiovascular diseases
Contact: Professor Peter Little AM and Dr Hang Ta
 
Title: Theranostic nanomaterials for cardiovascular disease and inflammatory disease
Contact: Professor Peter Little AM and Dr Hang Ta

Pharmaceutical Biology

Title: Calcium homeostasis in cancer: identification and characterisation of novel drug targets 
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith and Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson

Title: Identification and characterization of novel ion and drug transporters and the design of novel high throughput screening assays for new pharmaceuticals
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith

Title: Physiological regulation and the role of calcium transporters 
Contact: Professor Greg Monteith

Title: Deciphering and intercepting tumorigenic messages to prevent pregnancy-associated breast cancer
Contact: Dr Felicity DavisProfessor Sarah Roberts-Thomson

Title: Development of a non-hormonal male contraceptive
Contact: Dr Felicity Davis

Title: Morphine and metastasis
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Role of caveolar proteins in glioblastoma
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat

Title: Effect of perioperative pharmacotherapy of cancer patients on tumour Biology 
Contact: Associate Professor Marie-Odile ParatDr Ben Ross and Professor Nick Shaw

Title: Mechanisms of atherosclerosis: role of Lysophosphatidic Acid (LPA) in GPCR transactivation signalling
 
Title: Mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction: GPCR transactivation of kinase receptors
 
Title: Transcriptome profiling of genes involved in sepsis mediated cardiovascular disease
 
Title: Opioid peptides in addiction and tolerance
Contact: Associate Professor Peter Cabot

Biomedicinal Discovery and Development

Title: Design, synthesis and evaluation of novel molecules for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease
Contact: Dr Ben Ross

Title: Computer-aided design, synthesis and evaluation of new drugs for cancer, pain and neurodegenerative diseases
Contact: Dr Ben Ross

Title: Identification and evaluation of chemotherapeutic molecules in traditional plant-derived remedies used by the Aboriginal peoples
Contact: Professor Nick Shaw, Associate Professor Marie-Odile Parat and Professor Melissa Fitzgerald

Pharmacy Education Research Centre

Title: Patient-centeredness in pharmacy education and practice
Contact: Dr Karen Luetsch

Title: The use of technology-enhanced learning to improve feedback
Contact: Dr Jacqueline Bond

Title: Using data to drive curricular decision-making: the role of analytics
Contact: Dr Jacqueline Bond

Title: Translational research: the implementation of evidence-based pedagogies in pharmacy education
Contact: Dr Jacqueline Bond

Title: Implications of the Dunning-Kruger effect for pharmacy education
Contact: Dr Jacqueline Bond

Title: The value of interdisciplinarity: exploring diverse methodologies to support pharmacy practice research
Contact: Dr Jacqueline Bond

Title: Exploring student engagement in the health sciences
Contact: Dr Jacqueline Bond

Title: Give and take: Meaningful 'feedback' for assessment and student engagement in work integrated learning
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Implementing 'EXCELL Method' to facilitate students' professional capacity building and enhance employability
Contact: Dr Jasmina Fejzic

Title: Professional development of early career pharmacists
Contact: Dr Karen Luetsch

Title: Learning and teaching of communication skills for interprofessional practice
Contact: Dr Karen Luetsch

Title: Patient-centredness in pharmacy education and practice
Contact: Dr Karen Luetsch