The Department of Clinical Pathology has a number of exciting opportunities for masters and honours students in 2022.
Our dynamic Honours and Masters programs offer 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.
Scholarships and awards
Several $1,500 bursaries will be awarded to students with an outstanding academic record who join one of our 2022 projects.
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, including the $2,000 J.E. Taylor Honours Award for the top student undertaking a cancer-related Honours project in the Department of Clinical Pathology.
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.
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.
An information session was held on Thursday 9 September.
Hear from Professor Frédéric Hollande, Deputy Head of the Department of Clinical Pathology as he provides an overview of the Department’s dynamic honours and masters research program, student scholarships and benefits, and introductions to exciting project opportunities and scholarships available in 2022.
2022 Masters and Honours Projects
Characterising and harnessing Tumour/Stroma interactions to improve treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer
This study will use a new integrated tissue culture platform that enables the join-culture of multiple cell types under conditions that mimic organ blood flow in vivo.
Developing diagnostic methods for challenging pancreatobiliary tumours
This study will involve a combination of bioinformatic and basic histology and/or molecular methods.
Circulating nucleic acid biomarkers for surveillance in Merkel cell carcinoma
This biomarker study involves the collection of clinically well annotated biospecimens from >100 MCC patients, including blood and tissue samples taken before and during treatment.
Temporal DNA methylation changes associated with serrated pathway tumourigenesis identified from human intestinal organoids
This study will develop IEOs from colonic mucosa and serrated polyp biopsies collected from colonoscopy of people with serrated polyposis syndrome (a condition characterised by developing 10s-100s of serrated polyps throughout the bowel).
Investigating the functional importance of RNF43 in colonic serrated neoplasia development and colorectal tumourigenesis
This study aims to investigate the role of RNF43 in the development of SPS.
Characterizing genomic alterations involving the MEN1 complex in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours
This study will aim to answer interesting questions arising from these observations using a mix of laboratory and bio-informatic analyses
Use of Artificial Intelligence in Histological Detection of Melanocytic Lesions in Sun-damaged Skin
This study is an attempt at evaluating the use of artificial intelligence in detecting melanocytic lesions in skin tissue with prominent sun damage.
Meeting Link: Information Session 2022 Honours and Graduate Research opportunities