Meet our new Graduate Research students

Dr Tina George is currently undertaking a PhD with A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis on ‘Multimorbidity - Exploring burden of disease, experiences of patients and perspectives of physicians to inform the development of a multimorbidity clinic in a tertiary care centre in South India’.

Tina is currently working for the Department of General Medicine at Christian Medical College Vellore in India. Her previous research focused on TB meningitis, Scrub typhus and other infectious diseases but has now shifted to the area of chronic diseases and the organisation of health care. Tina feels changes in these areas can make a meaningful difference to the life of patients in India.

Jessie (Yichen) Xue completed her Bachelor, Honours and Masters at the University of Melbourne and now starts her PhD journey at the Department of General Practice. Yichen's PhD project title is “An examination of a co-produced assertive cardiac care intervention to increase participant engagement in activities to improve heart health for people living with severe mental illness in primary care settings and its potential mechanisms”. She will continue to work with Prof Victoria Palmer and Dr Matthew Lewis who both supervised her Masters research project.

Dr Lucas de Mendonça is currently undertaking a Master of Primary Health Care with A/Prof Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis on the ‘Accuracy of algorithms in medical records in Patron, an Australian general practice database’.

Lucas majored in medicine in Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; underwent a Bachelor of Medical Sciences at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in Molecular Medicine and finalised a primary care residency at the Israelita Albert Einstein Hospital in 2021. He has performed basic research with stem cells in an animal model of pulmonary hypertension and concluded a scoping review from learning styles applicability as a final thesis for his residency. Lucas’ current research interests include: ways to improve primary care registers, and developing a quick method to attain general population data for posterior research and medical education.