Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics - Ph.D.

MODE Classroom, Online, Distance, Directed Research, Independent Research

The Doctoral degree programs within the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) provide the highest level of training in key areas of scientific research.

Students work on an independent research project encompassing the broader interests of one of the research teams within the School. In the early stages of the program, students receive close supervision and guidance in the management of their project. In the later stages, however, students are encouraged to exercise initiative and demonstrate originality. In the last year of the program, the candidate should be able to work independently and be guided rather than directed by the supervisor.

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at UNSW

UNSW boasts world-class researchers in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Using a wide range of cutting-edge molecular and bioinformatic tools, BABS researchers facilitate collaborative research efforts to understand and combat genetic disease, metabolic disorders and cancer. Members of this research area are responsible for the establishment and running of two major centers in the School of BABS; the Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function and Analysis offering expertise in next-generation sequencing and microarray technology, and the NSW Systems Biology Initiative building capabilities and expertise in bioinformatics for genomics and proteomics.

Current research areas include:

- Immunogenetics and immunological bioinformatics
- Transcriptional regulation and cellular reprogramming for the treatment of cancer, blood diseases and metabolic disorders.
- Neurobiology and neurodevelopmental disorders
- Human brain transcriptome dynamics
- Non-coding RNAs in controlling gene expression
- Balancing cellular cholesterol
- Mitochondrial metabolism
- Sex chromosome structure and evolution
- Evolutionary genetics
- Protein-protein interaction networks and systems biology
- Cellular metabolism of cholesterol, obesity and genetics

Finding a Supervisor

It is essential that you identify an appropriate academic supervisor in BABS and obtain their agreement prior to submitting an application. It is recommended that you peruse the School's current research projects available within BABS. This provides in information on each project and the supervisor in charge of the project. Contact details for supervisors be found in the BABS Staff Directory. Upon making contact with potential supervisors, it is recommended that you send an electronic copy of your CV and academic transcript. 

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  • Ph.D.


Doctor of Philosophy

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