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Using virtual reality to examine gait and postural sway changes in simulated eye disease
Using virtual reality to examine gait and postural sway changes in simulated eye disease

A consequence of eye disease is progressive vision loss that can impact on how visual information is detected and utilised for visually guided behaviour. In this study we will examine the effect of vision loss on judgements of self-motion. We will use virtual and augmented reality to simulate vision loss and postural sway in response to viewing a simulation of a moving world. A pressure board will measure sway and gait in response to increasing...

UNSW BABS Exploring the human genome to understand brain diseases
Exploring the Human Genome to Understand Brain Diseases

Genome-wide RNA sequencing has become a common tool in biological and medical research. With the development of computer programs to analyse this sequencing data, a wealth of information is available to allow scientists to predict the cause of disease. In this project, students will investigate the molecular causes of neurodegeneration by mapping RNA sequencing data to a reference genome with HISAT and measuring gene expression with stringtie. Students will also learn how...

radiation
Investigating the effects of radiation on DNA
One of the risks associated with space flight is exposure to cosmic radiation. Humans who travel beyond the earth’s magnetosphere are not shielded from this radiation which can induce genetic changes (mutations) in all exposed cells. These genetic changes can lead to cancer. In this project, students will examine DNA that has been taken from organisms exposed to radiation to determine the number and type of mutations that have been induced. This will provide information...
Pathogen
Modelling infectious diseases
In a world plagued by infectious pathogens, biomathematics is used to predict the course of deadly epidemics, such as measles, ebola, influenza and even the zombie virus. In doing this, scientists are able to learn more about the pathogen, and test a variety of ways in which deaths can be averted. Students will explore the dynamics of an epidemic by modelling the spread of an infectious pathogen. The project involves...
eye tracking
Detecting operator fatigue using eye-motion metrics
Operators in many industries suffer from fatigue to varying degrees. In particularly in industries where safety plays an important role, such as in aviation, fatigue poses a seriously potential threat to human lives. With the development of eye-tracking system turning mature, being able to detect operator fatigue through their eye movements could possibly offer a practical way to enhance aviation industry safety.  In this...
Vision Science
Quantifying saccadic suppression

The observer scans the visual environment by directing attention...

Astrobiology
The potential origins of cell-based life
Biology assembles itself. But how did the earliest cell assemble out of simple chemicals? In this project we will investigate how wet-dry cycles, for instance in a ‘warm little pond’, could bring about a leap in complexity from random chemicals to protocells that we can see under a microscope. Students will investigate how different physicochemical aspects of drying including concentration effects, flow, enhanced effect of...