PhD scholarship: Utilising extracellular vesicles for the diagnosis of lung cancer


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Medicine, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 18 December 2020
Closing date 4 January 2021


Supervisor - Professor Matt Trau

Fast, accurate, and early cancer diagnosis is crucial to improve treatment outcomes in numerous cancers. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are promising biomarkers for cancer diagnosis as they contain various molecular contents secreted directly form parental cells and can be easily sampled. The aim of this project is to develop a multiplexed detection platform combining alternating current electrohydrodynamic induced fluid flow and surface-enhanced Raman scattering nanotags for EV phenotyping. Based on EV phenotypes, defined by the relative expression of transmembrane protein biomarkers, this technology could be potentially utilised for lung cancer diagnosis.

A working knowledge of SERS, protein engineering, molecular biology and cell culture would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘LUNG CANCER-TRAUin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of molecular biology and chemistry and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of SERS is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Dr Richard Lobb
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.