Research Students

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Research students with the Dean of Sydney Medical School, Prof. Bruce Robinson

The Discipline of Biomedical Science in the School of Medical Sciences, Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney offers two research degrees:

The research master's and doctoral degrees have two purposes. One is to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; the other is to train candidates in general research methodology and equip them with transferable research skills. The Discipline currently has eight active research laboratories and is affiliated with Bosch and many independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine. It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our prominent research themes include:

  • Musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Neuroscience
  • Cardiopulmonary physiology
  • Cancer
  • Molecular biology
  • Microbiology
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Occupational health issues related to orchestral music and intervention
  • Teaching and learning

We currently supervise over 20 research students, the majority of whom are doctoral students (PhD). Our research students come from a wide range of first degrees and our research projects attract an international cohort of students.

Current PhD candidatures

Student Name Project Title Supervisor Associate or Co-Supervisor
MD Nur Alam Studies on monofunctional palladiums and synergism in activity from combinations A/Prof Fazlul Huq A/Prof Philip Beale and A/Prof Charles Chan
Abir Al-Amro Synergism from Combination of Platinums in Ovarian Cancer A/Prof Fazlul Huq A/Prof Philip Beale and A/Prof Charles Chan
Muhammad Almoyad Synergism from combination of targeted therapy and phytochemicals in colorectal and other cancers A/Prof Fazlul Huq A/Prof Philip Beale
Fahad Al Onazi Drug combinations as a means to overcome resistance in ovarian and colorectal tumour models A/Prof Fazlul Huq A/Prof Philip Beale
Safia Althurwi Studies on combinations of platinum drugs: cisplatin and oxaliplatin with selected tumour active plant compounds in ovarian cancer A/Prof Fazlul Huq A/Prof Philip Beale and A/Prof Charles Chan
MD Sheikh Anwar Studies on combination between metal/ marine/ microorganism based anticancer drugs and selected phytochemicals possessing chemopreventive and cytotoxic attributes A/Prof Fazlul Huq A/Prof Philip Beale and A/Prof Charles Chan
Amber Ashley  Joint hypermobility and lower limb injury in elite female gymnasts. A/Prof Leslie Nicholson Adams
Hana Bali Studies on combinations of targeted drugs with tumour active plant compounds in cancer A/Prof Fazlul Huq A/Prof Philip Beale
John Breckenridge Perceptual and Sensory changes in Patients with Frozen Shoulder A/Prof Karen Ginn McAuley
Ju-Yang Chi Musician's Health Promotion and Injury Prevention. Dr Bronwen Ackermann Dr Mark Halaki
Hasthi Dissanayake A Comparison of Foetal Programming of Hypertension following Gestational Low Calorie and High Fat Diet: Is there evidence for Cardiovascular Autonomic Dysfunction? Dr Jaimie Polson Skilton
Saeideh Ebrahim Khan A Blood-Based Assay for Multiple Sclerosis. Buckland Dr Damian Holsinger
Elen Feuerriegel    ANU A/Prof Karen Ginn
Sachini Jayaratne The Roles of Maternal High Fat and High Sugar on the Foetal Programming of Hypertension through Autonomic Dysfunction. Dr Jaimie Polson Dr Helen Ritchie
James Kang Epigenetic influence in cognitive impairments in chronic neuropathic pain Dr David Mor Keay
Connie Louizos The role of sexual arousal in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction with PDE5 inhibitors Dr Peter Knight McCann
Gloria Luo-Li Objective measurement of binocular rivalry Dr Alan Freeman Alais
Kathryn Mathews Hippocampal neurogenesis and dementia risk in Parkinson’s disease A/Prof Kay Double  
Miranda Mathews Central control of peripheral vestibular sensitivity Dr Aaron Camp Protti
(James) Matthew McCrary The effect of warm-up on muscle activity and performance quality in elite violinists Dr Bronwen Ackermann Dr Mark Halaki
Louise Prestipino Do exaggerated autonomic responses to stress underlie developmental programming of hypertension? Identification of physiological, neurochemical and epigenetic changes in offspring following maternal gestational stress Dr Jaimie Polson Dr Helen Ritchie
Nerida Saunders   Dr Peter Knight Turman
Rhiannon Schroeder Examining the role of melanin in disease states through its adsorption characteristics and their mechanisms Jacobus Gerber A/Prof Kay Double
Eurwin Suryana Restoring reduced brain copper for neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease. A/Prof Kay Double Finklestein
Benjamin Trist Superoxide Dismutase 1 dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease A/Prof Kay Double Wasinger/Hare
Victoria Tung In the Balance: Targeted high resolution imaging of the balance system during ageing Dr Aaron Camp Protti
Sophie Virachit Neurogenesis regulation in health and disease A/Prof Kay Double Cynthia Shannon Weickert

Current Masters candidatures

Name Project Title Supervisor Associate or Co-supJohn ervisor
Tara Dickinson   Dr Bronwen Ackermann  
Brendon Ford Experimental shoulder pain model A/Prof Karen Ginn Dr Mark Halaki
Luise Hollmann Solving the enigma of frozen shoulder A/Prof Karen Ginn Dr Mark Halaki
Anne Krahe Assessment of specific ligamentous laxity of the ankle and knee in individuals meeting the criteria of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome A/Prof Leslie Nicholson Dr Bronwen Ackermann
Sudarshan Kc Cross-cultural adaptation, reliability and validation study of Nepali version of the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI) and Disability of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) outcome measuresCross-cultural adaptation, reliability and validation study of Nepali version of the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI) and Disability of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) outcome measures A/Prof Karen Ginn Dr Darren Reed
Sally McLaine Adolescent swimmers' shoulder UTAS A/Prof Karen Ginn
Rajiv Wijesinghe An electrophysiological investigation into the effect of current noise on the firing properties of medial vestibular nucleus neurons of the mouse vestibular system  Dr Aaron Camp Protti
Hilda Wong

Creative engagement and music making for wellbeing

Dr Bronwen Ackermann Curry

Research candidature completions 2010 - 2015

Student Name Degree Project Title Supervisor


Danijela Stancic PhD Prevalence of community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (CaMRSA) in the general community and molecular characterisation of isolates Dr Elizabeth Hegedus  2015
Ian O'Brien PhD Noise Control Hearing ConservationEducational and Audiological ProcessesFor Professional Orchestras Dr Bronwen Ackermann  2014
Verity Pacey  PhD

Paediatric generalised joint hypermobility

A/Prof Leslie Nicholson  2014
Hasthi Dissanayake MPhil

The role of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in foetal programming of hypertension following maternal high fat diet

Dr Jaimie Polson  2014
Laila Arzuman PhD

Studies on Planaramineplatinum (II) Compounds of the Form [PtL3C1]C1 where L-planaramine ligand

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2014

Munira Al-Dossar

PhD Exploring Changes in Visual Suppression and Perception in Young Adults when exposed to Ambiguous Stimuli Dr Alan Freeman  2014

Darren Reed

 PhD Muscle activation patterns during common shoulder rehabilitation exercises A/Prof Karen Ginn  2014
Cliffton Chan PhD Supporting sustainable careers in orchestral musicians through occupational health and safety initiatives Dr Bronwen Ackermann  2013
Zaynab Al Eisawi PhD Bortezomib and Platinums in combination in Ovarian Cancer A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2013
Meher Un Nessa PhD Studies on drug resistance and drug combination A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2013
Mohammed Ehsanul Hoque Mazumber PhD Studies on activation of trans-palladium by introduction of planaramine ligands A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2013
Nastaran Hesam Shariati PhD  A functional model for primary visual cortex  Dr Alan Freeman  2012
Duangjai Wattanaprakornkul
PhD  Shoulder muscle recruitment patterns during common rehabilitation exercises in the sagittal plane: an electromyographic study  A/Prof Karen Ginn  2011
Paul Tawadros PhD

Non-Dopaminergic Function in Parkinson's Disease

Dr John Burne  2011
Arwa Rawashdeh MPhil

Studies on tendon reflex inhibition of task-specific focal hand dystonia in writer’s cramp

Dr John Burne  2011
Fehmida Fasim PhD

Studies on new mononuclear and poly nuclear platinum compounds with trans-gometry

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2011
Anthony Downes MPhil

 Shoulder muscle activity – on EMG analysis

A/Prof Karen Ginn  2011
Judy Chen PhD

Conservative treatment of shoulder pain and stiffness

A/Prof Karen Ginn  2011
Craig Boettcher  PhD

EMG investigation of shoulder muscle function

A/Prof Karen Ginn  2011
Yunos Nurhanan PhD

Studies on synergism between platinum anticancer and non-platinum drugs

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2010
Jing Xiao MPhil

Regulating cholesterol as a step to curing Alzheimer’s disease: a cellular model

Dr Damian Holsinger   2010
Padma Iyer PhD

Links between binocular rivalry and stereopsis

Dr Alan Freeman  2010
Shahnaz Al-Qassab PhD

Studies on new mononuclear and multinuclear tumour active compounds

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2010

Research candidature completions 2006 - 2009

Student Name Degree Project Title Supervisor


Jeff Hudson  PhD

Tell me why?  Married men who have sex with men (The M2M Study)

 Dr Gary Lee  2009
Chong, Hoi Ling  MPhil

A virtual instrument for clinical testing of the auditory pathway

Dr John Burne  2009
Elaine Wong  PhD

The dynamics of interocular suppression

Dr Alan Freeman  2008
Aparna Rajagopalan  PhD

Neurobiomechanical changes in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr John Burne   2008
Serajul Khan  PhD

Reflex inhibition arising from electrical stimulation of tendon afferents

Dr John Burne  2008
Jehad Al-Shuneigat  PhD

Studies on new tumour active platinum compounds

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2008
Munther Alomari  PhD

Characterising a novel protein interaction with Alzheimeer’s disease BACE1

Dr Damian Holsinger  2008
M.J. Wu  PhD

Characterisation of wheat proteins: A proteomic and immunological approach

Dr Elizabeth Hegedus  2007
Sonia Lee  PhD

Comparison of Cardiac risk factors in Taiwanese women in Taiwan and Australia

Dr Jennifer Lingard  2007
M. Farhad  PhD

Studies on new trinuclear Palladium compounds

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2007
N.J. Cheng MAppSc

Identification and assessment of determinants of patient satisfaction with private physiotherapy services

Dr Gary Lee  2007
Raymond Blaich MAppSc

Trunk and limb muscle activity during the application of a mobilization type force to the vertebral column

A/Prof Karen Ginn  2007
Yi-Fang Liu  PhD

The effect on certain novel aspects of blood biochemistry of an interval training programme specifically designed for high risk cardiac patients

Dr Margaret Bermingham  2006
Hasan Tayyem  PhD

Studies on new tumour active compounds with one or more metal centres

A/Prof Fazlul Huq   2006
Orawan Prasartwuth  PhD

Neural control of eccentric exercise

Dr Ian Cathers  2006
Sam Jiao  PhD

Effects of sexual arousal on grip strength and vibrotactile sensation in men

Dr Peter Knight  2006
Anita Clerke  PhD

Factors influencing grip strength testing in teenagers

Dr Ron Balnave  2006
Deena Ababneh MAppSc

Studies on Cadmium-induced genotoxicity

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2006

Research candidature completions 2002 - 2005

Student Name Degree Project Title Supervisor


Yi-Chen Lee MAppSc

Effects of lipoprotein lipase polymorphism, HindIII, on lipid profiles, BMI, glucose and insulin levels in obese adults in Australia

Dr Margaret Bermingham   2005
J. Patterson  PhD

Enteric microbial community interactions in response to nutraceuticals

Dr Elizabeth Hegedus  2005
Mei Yao MAppSc

Teratogenic potential of some herbal remedies: Goldenseal, Valerian, Feverfew and Hawthorn 

Dr Patricia Woodman & Dr Helen Ritchie  2005
Farhad, M  MAppSc

Interactions between iron and DNA in the presence of Ascorbate

A/Prof Fazlul Huq   2005
Howard Cheng  PhD

Studies on novel metal-based anticancer drugs

A/Prof Fazlul Huq   2005
Jenny Bin Shao  PhD

A study of prescribing practice of antibiotic prophylaxis in surgical patients

Dr Gary Lee  2005
K. Al Mousa  PhD

Cardiac risk factors and body fat in Bangladeshis in Australia

Dr Margaret Bermingham  2005
Ahmed Abdullah  PhD

Studies on new Cis-Planaramineplatinum (II) Complexes

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2004
Zheng-Gui Huang  PhD

Respiratory-related neurons in the r-cVRG of the rat

Dr Ron Balnave  2004
 H. H. Subramanian  PhD

Control of breathing in the rat and cat

Dr Ron Balnave  2004
B. Trevithick MAppSc

Muscle recruitment patterns during the kayak stroke

A/Prof Karen Ginn  2004
Meg Stuart  PhD

Input-output interactions of the sensorimotor pathways

Dr Bulent Turman  2004
Abdullmonem Ramadhan  PhD

Study on vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) isolates from community sources

Dr Elizabeth Hegedus  2004
Hasibul Haque MAppSc

Effects of Ischemia on tonic and phasic stretch reflexes at the ankle joint

Dr John Burne  2004
Hassan Daghriri  PhD

Studies on tumour active compounds with multiple metal centres

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2003
Elaine Wong MAppSc

Patchwork Stimuli:  A new test for Binocular cooperation

Dr Alan Freeman  2002
Vincent Nguyen  PhD

Binocular Rivalry and its place in the brain

Dr Alan Freeman  2002
Sangeeta Mehta MAppSc

Relationship between measures of fatness, metabolic markers and etchnicity in adolescent boys

Dr Margaret Bermingham  2002
Zahed Hossain  PhD

Studies on Cadmium-Induced Carcinogenesis

A/Prof Fazlul Huq  2002