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Animal comparative physiology

Kangaroo, Cleland

Honours project: Study animal and bird physiology, how animals function and how function evolves.

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Longitudinal study of Giardia & Cryptosporidium infections in lambs

Giardia intestinalis USCDCP [Public domain]

Honours project: Explore parasitic infections in lambs.

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Brushtail possum responses to changing resource conditions

Brushtail possum JJ Harrison [CC BY-SA 2.5]

Honours project: Investigate how brushtail possum abundance relates to resource availability in the Murray-Mallee.

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Prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia

Street cat

Honours project: Undertake a survey to examine the prevalence of lungworm in cats in South Australia.

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Equine lameness & biomechanics

Equine athlete

Honours project: Define the potential detrimental effect of the surgical transection of the palmar annular volar ligament on the inter-sesamoid ligament of athletic horses.

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Effect of inoculation of the neonatal ruminant with foreign microbiota

Vet lab

Honours project: Analyse the effect of inoculation of neonatal lambs with known populations of rumen microbes on the development of the innate immune system.

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Investigating molecular mechanisms of disease

Honours project: Characterise molecular and cellular changes driving improvements to disease outcomes after postnatal 17B-estradiol treatment in mice modeling intellectual disability and seizures. 

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Exploring the functions of MAPK-interacting kinases (MNKs) in metabolic disease

MNKs play a key role in promoting adipocyte differentiation and this will be explored using the 3T3-L1 system

Honours project: Explore the functions of MAPK-interacting kinases (MNKs) in metabolic disease at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

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Equine athletic performance

Equine athlete

Honours project: Study the causes of poor performance in equine athletes.

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Cellular-stress induced activation of non-TFEB regulated lysosomal genes

Cellular stress-induced transactivation of autophagy and lysosomal genes. In normal conditions, transcription factor EB (TFEB) is kept in the cytoplasm in an inactive form.

Honours project: Investigate the role of the eIF2α/ATF4 pathway in stress-induced transcription of non-TFEB genes.

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Competition: Young Scientist of the Year

How do we feed the world’s growing population? How do we save our wildlife from extinction? Got an idea that will build a brighter, greener world?

Australian high school students are invited to submit a short video about one of Australia’s big science challenges.

Video competition