Characterising a specific regulator of venous vessel integrity

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.

Our blood vasculature forms a protective barrier between the blood and surrounding tissues. Blood vessels are kept intact by building strong connections between cells that line the blood vessel wall. These connections are established by adhesion proteins. We have uncovered that adrenomedullin peptides can control adhesion in veins but not arteries. This project aims to understand how adrenomedullin controls venous adhesion so specifically and if this is conserved between species. We will examine this using uniquely suitable mammalian models. The project aims to improve our understanding on how to strengthen vessels and holds the potential to enhance tissue engineering and will expand the scope of Australian research.

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 Anne Lagendijk

Institute for Molecular Bioscience


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 developmental biology and/or vascular biology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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

A background or knowledge of developmental biology and/or vascular biology is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. 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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