The project will combine particle nanoengineering, comprehensive proteomics analysis, and whole blood immune assays to understand the relationships between nanoparticle design, biomolecular corona composition, and the association of nanoparticles with immune cells. The candidate will be trained in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology and immunology to learn key skills in synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials, nano-bio interactions and immunology.
The PhD candidate will further participate in established collaborations with other leading nanotechnology laboratories across multiple Institutions such as The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and The University of Melbourne.
Check out the related publications to this project:
- Ju, Y.; Kelly, H. G.; Dagley, L. F.; Reynaldi, A.; Schlub, T. E.; Spall, S. K.; Bell, C. A.; Cui, J.; Mitchell, A. J.; Lin, Z.; Wheatley, A. K.; Thurecht, K. J.; Davenport, M. P.; Webb, A. I.; Caruso, F.; Kent, S. J. Person-Specific Biomolecular Coronas Modulate Nanoparticle Interactions with Immune Cells in Human Blood. ACS Nano 2020, 14, 15723-15737.
- Song, J.; Ju, Y.; Amarasena, T. H.; Lin, Z.; Mettu, S.; Zhou, J.; Rahim, M. A.; Ang, C.-S.; Cortez-Jugo, C.; Kent, S. J.; Caruso, F. Influence of Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Molecular Architecture on Particle Assembly and Ex Vivo Particle–Immune Cell Interactions in Human Blood. ACS Nano 2021, 10.1021/acsnano.1c01642.
Value and duration
Scholarship is valued at up to AUD $31,000 per annum for 3 years full-time, with the possibility for 6 month extension.
Number of scholarships available
The ideal candidate will have first-class Honours or a Masters degree in material science/engineering, nanotechnology, chemistry, immunology or a related field. Practical or research experience related to engineering and characterisation of nanoparticles or immunoassay will be considered favourable.
How to apply
- A copy of electronic academic transcripts
- A CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of two referees.
Applications will close once candidates are appointed.
This scholarship is part of a high profile, interdisciplinary, discovery project being conducted in collaboration with researchers from highly ranked universities and institutes.
Terms and conditions
This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University’s Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions