Research Students

SMAH Research Students

Research Students

Science, Medicine and Health is a research intensive faculty with dynamic programs in the biological, chemical, clinical, earth and health sciences. Candidates can undertake graduate research with world-class academic supervisors in a diverse range of study areas.


Nicole Pham

Nicole Pham

Graduated: 2013
Supervisors: Prof Stephen Blanksby, A/Prof Todd Mitchell.

Thesis: Differentiation of isomeric lipids using novel ion activation methods in mass spectrometry.  

Nicole has been doing postdoctoral studies at University of California, Riverside, USA. Her main role is developing the mass spectrometric methods for analysis of a wide range of biological substances in human tissues/cells. Particularly, she is working under provision of A/Prof Ryan Julian on some biomarkers for diagnosis of Gaucher and Krabbe's diseases with a funding from the National Institutes of Health.  

Glenn Johnstone Research
Photo credit – AAD Image Library. Diver, Glenn Johnstone, inspecting a chamber, part of the antFOCE system, under sea ice near Casey station, East Antarctica.

Glenn Johnstone

Graduated: 2003
Prof Andy Davis, Prof David Ayre.

Thesis: The benthic macrofauna of pool habitats in temperate coastal streams of the Illawarra, New South Wales: Community ecology and response to natural and human induced disturbance.

Glenn is a marine biologist, diver and project manager with the Human Impacts group at the Australian Antarctic Division based in Hobart. Glenn’s role is to provide scientific, logistic and project management support for research focused on how the activities of Australia’s Antarctic bases impact on the adjacent marine environment. Glenn recently returned from his 10th trip to Antarctica. For the last year and a half Glenn has been the project manager on the Antarctic Free Ocean Carbon Dioxide Enrichment experiment (antFOCE) which was successful run at Casey station over the 2014/2015 summer (and featured on the ABC’s Catalyst show in late March). The antFOCE project aims to determine how coastal Antarctic marine communities will respond to predicted future increases in the pH of seawater (ocean acidification). 

SMAH Student Highlights

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The 2016 Three Minute Thesis Competition for the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health was held Thursday 9 June, with 7 HDR students competing. They were, Rhys Wyber – School of Biological Sciences, William ReyThnolds - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Michael Macartney - School of Medicine, Thomas Simnadis - School of Medicine, Kathryn Gaskin - School of Medicine, Lisa Belfiore - School of Biological Sciences and Kelly Lambert - School of Medicine.  

The overall winner was Rhys Wyber for his presentation titled “LIFTing photosynthesis to new heights”.  The people’s choice winner was Thomas Simnadis for his presentation titled “Novel grains for the Australian food supply”.  The overall winner and people’s choice winner are both invited to represent SMAH at the UOW final on 6 July 2016.
Rhys Wyber and Thomas Simnadis
Rhys Wyber (left) and Thomas Simnadis

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Future research students

Higher Degrees by Research available in Science, Medicine and Health:

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy

UOW provides strong support for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates through a range of tuition fee and living stipend scholarships for both domestic and international students

Scholarships for Domestic Students
Scholarships for International Students

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Current research students 

For information on orientation, enrolment and re-enrolment, leave, HDR student conference, supervision, progress reports, scholarships, thesis submission and examination, and workshops for students please visit the Graduate Research School.

SMAH Heads of Postgraduate Studies

For information on SMAH Student Conference and Travel Grants please contact SMAH Research Unit:

ResearchConsultation Service 

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Last reviewed: 20 December, 2016