Areas of Research within the Discipline of Pathology

The Discipline of Pathology undertakes postgraduate teaching and research for the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Dentistry. Its principal areas of basic research include:

  • The effects of alcohol and drugs on the central nervous system using morphological, neurohistochemical and image analysis techniques.
  • Cooperative studies with others in the Faculty of Medicine in the field of neurological research.
  • Regulation of proliferation of normal and leukaemic lymphocytes.
  • Immunopathology of infectious diseases, particularly malaria.
  • Role of tumour necrosis factor in disease.
  • Studies of DNA transfection and cell fusion using tissue culture lines to study the induction and expression of metastasis in neoplastic epithelial cells.
  • Studies of the role of mammalian collagenase and other degradative enzymes in tumour invasion.
  • Studies of the inflammatory response in animal models.
  • Axonal regeneration and the pathology of motor neuron diseases.
  • Neuro-anatomical studies on brain ageing.
  • Comparative neuropathology of memory disorders.
  • Effects of cell cycle and the vertebrate cellular response to flavivirus infection.
  • Importance of Langerhans cells of the skin in the generation of immunity to flavivirus infection.
  • The immunobiology of the foeto-maternal interace during implantation.
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance studies of cell membrane architectural changes in activating cells of the immune system.
  • Molecular structure and function of proteins.
  • The pathology of malignant melanoma and other melanocytic lesions.

How to Apply

Information regarding how to apply for a postgraduate research program, including deadlines for applications, can be found here:


Please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator, Assoc Prof Paul Witting, for general enquiries regarding postgraduate research. Email: Phone: +61 2 9114 0524

If you are interested in undertaking a research project within the Discipline then you should initially contact the Research Unit/Laboratory Leader.