PhD Scholarship in Biomedical Science

This project aims to understand the key signalling events that leads to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease using innovative microfluidic-based 'organ-on-a-chip' models of the human circulatory system.

These models are technology platforms that facilitate drug discovery and fundamental research. Our research is funded by Australian Research Council.

This project aims to develop bio-microfluidic systems for studying the response of mechano-sensitive cells inside blood vessel under customised physiological and pathological conditions. The microfluidic system consists of a network of semi-circular channels coated with layers of endothelial cells to mimic vascular systems. The soft structure of the system allows for stretching of endothelial cells in repeated cycles. The cellular responses under the different external stimuli will be monitored and evaluated in real-time using inverted microscopes.


The project will be conducted in collaboration with biomedical and microfluidic experts at RMIT’s School of Engineering.

Up to $31,000 per annum for three years with a possible extension of six months (full-time).

Candidates with backgrounds in biomedical science are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Have first-class Honours or equivalent or a Masters by Research degree in a relevant discipline of science
  • Be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • Provide evidence of adequate oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Meet RMIT’s entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy.

To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr. Sara Baratchi via sara.baratchi@rmit.edu.au

  • A cover letter (research statement)
  • A copy of electronic academic transcripts
  • A CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of two referees.

Prospective candidates will be invited to submit a full application for admission to the PhD Biomedical Science (DR227).

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Applications are open now.

30 November 2020.

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of wastewater management, agriculture and/or other land use and environmental challenges in Australia
  • Interest in and ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting, including with scientists and/or engineers
  • Demonstrated capacity to write for publications.
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