Peptide absorption in the gastrointestinal tract and development of peptide drugs

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.

This student project is part of a grant-funded  industry partnership, with partners at UQ/IMB and Monash U/MIPS and an international pharmaceutical company.  As a student member of this team you will receive exceptional training and work experience at the interface between research in academic and industry settings. The project will be part of a broader program investigating how peptides and peptide drugs are absorbed across the wall of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT); multidisciplinary approaches are being taken by the team and the student project will be focussed on using multiple modes of microscopy to examine peptide uptake and distribution. Confocal microscopy, live imaging of cells, organoids, explants and tissues,  will be employed, using cutting edge equipment and state of the art technologies; there will be some biochemical  and protein studies and you will be involved in quantitative  image analysis and handling of big image data. Throughout the project you will work with world class experts for training, supervision and technical innovations. The project will be based at UQ (Brisbane) and involve active interstate and international collaborations. You will emerge from this project with translatable skills, work experience and scientific outputs, having contributed to a project that will have practical outcomes and global impact.

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)


Professor Jennifer Stow

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 microscopy, morphology or peptide chemistry would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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

A background or knowledge of high performance computing 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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