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PhD Program

The program provides funding to support PhD candidates to gain skills and undertake projects that will build capacity in the NSW Health system.

ProCan laboratory at Children's Medical Research Institute

Round four of NSW Health’s PhD Program is now open. This round will provide funding to Host Universities to recruit PhD candidates to undertake research projects in RNA-based diagnostics, therapies, production, vaccines and delivery systems, including nanotechnology.

The objectives of the Program are to:

  • attract high quality PhD students that strengthen successful RNA medicine research programs
  • build workforce skills in the development and manufacture of RNA diagnostics, therapies, vaccines and associated delivery systems in NSW
  • create new opportunities for PhD students to study RNA diagnostics, therapies, production, vaccines and/or associated delivery systems
  • improve graduate understanding of the diversity of employment opportunities in the NSW RNA medicine sector
  • improve graduate understanding of the commercialisation pathway for these therapeutics to support closer engagement with industry.

Applications for funding closed on 18 February 2022.

For more information, please visit the RNA Future Leaders Program page.

Past recipients

Round one

  • Douglas Bellamy, University of New England and Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Ingrid Berling, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Melissa Ann Jackson, University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Rakshit Panwar, University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Emma Robson, University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Seth Tarrant University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Taylor Braund, University of Sydney and The Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  • Samantha Carlson, University of Sydney and The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
  • Cristyn Davies, University of Sydney and The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
  • Elizabeth Highton-Williamson, University of Sydney
  • Malinda Itchins, University of Sydney and Kolling Institute of Medical Research
  • Jessica Lee, University of Technology Sydney and Sydney Local Health District
  • Julee McDonagh, University of Technology Sydney and St Vincent’s Health Network
  • Aedan Roberts, University of Technology Sydney and The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network
  • Amanda Rush, University of Sydney and The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Health
  • Christine Sanderson, University of Technology Sydney and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Jackie Yim, University of Technology Sydney and University of Sydney
  • Patricia Zajaczkowski, University of Technology Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Carlos El Haddad, Western Sydney University and South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Saina Paul, Charles Sturt University and NSW Health Pathology
  • Lili Yuen, Western Sydney University and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Nicola Meagher, University of New South Wales and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Kelly Thompson, University of New South Wales and The George Institute for Global Health
  • Jeannette Walsh, University of New South Wales and NSW Ministry of Health
  • Shiying Zheng, University of New South Wales and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Kara Cappetta, University of Wollongong and Australian Health Services Research Institute

Updated 3 months ago