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Using the ancient DNA to explore human adaptation & evolutionary medicine

Honours project: Get involved in research into human adaptation and evolutionary medicine.

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Sensing and Spectroscopy

Honours projects: Accurate knowledge of optical parameters is becoming increasingly important for a wide range of scientific and industrial applications.

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Identification of genes controlling marbling in cattle

Beef marbling

Honours project: Identify genes controlling the deposition of the intramuscular fat (that is, marbling) in beef cattle to better understand fat metabolism and to provide genetic markers for selection to improve beef quality.

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Investigating the cause and prevention of red gut in lambs grazing lucerne

Lambs grazing - Brimbago

Honours project: Identify factors contributing to the incidence of red gut in lambs grazing lucerne, and develop strategies to prevent red gut from occurring.

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In vitro maturation of canine oocytes

Test tubes

Honours project: Determine the effects of different in vitro maturation (IVM) conditions on the developmental competence of canine oocytes.

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Determining the effect of protein quality control to astrocyte stress responses

Determining the effect of protein quality control to astrocyte stress responses

Honours project: Learn how brain cells are adapting to different stress responses, and what happens to this adaptation if the protein quality control is compromised.

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Ubiquitin signalling in human diseases

UB DUB Pirjo Apaja

Honours project: Investigate the effect of ubiquitin signalling on cell differentiation.

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Microbiome of native Australian mammals

Wombat photo - Raphael Eisenhofer

Honours project: Various honours projects are available to study the microbiomes of our native Australian mammals.

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Acoustic attraction of oysters: Restoring oyster reefs

Dolphins Lady Bay Fieldwork, courtesy Sam Langholz

Honours project: Pearl Jam or Blue Oyster Cult... What sounds help oyster larvae navigate to newly built oyster reefs?

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How do cancer cells become aggressive?

summary diagram gene regulation in cancer lab

Honours project: Investigate the function of alternative splice variants in cancer cell plasticity.

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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