The Department of Clinical Pathology has a number of exciting opportunities for masters and honours students in 2021.
Our dynamic Honours program offers pathology-focused coursework and a range of ground-breaking research projects focused on improving outcomes for cancer patients.
Interactive tutorials are dedicated to developing critical analysis skills, with additional seminars introducing students to technical and conceptual advances in clinical pathology and to the integration of lab- and computer-based Clinical Pathology research.
Our program also provides an opportunity for students to engage with consumers and clinicians and to understand how community and consumer engagement is an essential component of modern Pathology research.
See details of our current project opportunities below, and get in touch for more information.
Students undertaking the following projects will be eligible to apply for scholarships and awards with a combined worth of over $60,000 annually from both the Department of Clinical Pathology and the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research.
Our researchers are leaders in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer to improve the lives of patients. Based in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC), we collaborate broadly with other Departments, Centres, Schools and Faculties of the University of Melbourne, health services, and medical research institutes, to collaborate on and improve cancer research.
Watch the Honours and Masters info session
Professor Frédéric Hollande, Deputy Head of the Department of Clinical Pathology, introduces the Department, it's dynamic Honours and Masters program, what is involved and highlights the exciting projects on offer for 2021.
2021 Masters and Honours Projects
Is this cell unwell? Evaluating the features of Human Papilloma Virus-infected squamous cells of the uterine cervix
This study aims to have significant impact in the diagnosis of cervical dysplasia and cancer.
Can we determine which colorectal cancers are caused by gut bacteria?
This project aims to determine the clinical, pathological, molecular and lifestyle characteristics of colorectal cancers to enable future strategies for the prevention and early detection.
Determining the somatic mutation and immune landscape of sebaceous skin lesions
This project will involve analysis of large-scale sequencing data of both tumour and germline DNA samples.
Discovering somatic alterations in repetitive genome sequence in breast cancer
This project works characterise variation in the majority of known human genome repeats; to discover any differences between the tumour and normal sample, and primary tumour and metastatic sample.
Developing diagnostic methods for diagnostically challenging pancreatobiliary tumours
This project will involve the identification of biomarkers or molecular methods that can help resolve the diagnosis of metastatic tumours of uncertain origin
Identification of biomarkers that predict pancreatic cancer response to targeted drug therapy
Project aiming to identify biomarkers by implementing a machine learning approach based on the use of genomic, transcriptomic and drug response data generated from organoids derived from pancreatic cancer patients.
Temporal DNA methylation changes associated with serrated pathway tumourigenesis identified from human intestinal organoids
This project will improve our understanding of the serrated pathway and contribute to identifying molecular drivers of transformation to colorectal cancer that will be used a biomarker for prevention.