Cellular mechanisms of neuroprotection

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Virtually all neurons within the peripheral and central nervous systems experience mechanical strain due to body movement, blood flow, and tissue contraction. Despite these significant forces, neurons maintain thousands of kilometres of intricate and fragile connections via axonal projections, which control every aspect of the human function. Using the nematode roundworm C. elegans as a model system, the aim of this project is to discover the cellular mechanisms that protect axons from damage. To address these questions, the project will use state-of-the-art live imaging approaches, super-resolution microscopy, genome engineering, genetics, as well as molecular and cell biology techniques. Understanding the cellular mechanisms that maintain axonal integrity is essential to develop neuroprotective drugs and therapies for human nervous system disorders and injury.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Sean Coakley

School of Biomedical Sciences

Email: s.coakley@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of neuroscience or developmental biology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of biology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of neuroscience, developmental biology or genetics is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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