Participation by Miao Older People in the new Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme (RCMS) in Sichuan Province, P.R. China
My area of research is in rural healthcare services and policy in China. I'm exploring the barriers and opportunities facing older Miao people in participating in the development of a new RCMS. I'm analysing how the their needs are identified and addressed by the scheme, and hope to contribute to the implementation of health policy and services that will enhance the health outcomes of marginalised, ethnic minorities in rural China.
Recruitment of human telomerase to telomeres
My PhD at Children’s Medical Research Institute aims to understand how cancer cells achieve immortality. The chromosome ends, or telomeres, of normal cells shorten with age and eventually the cells stop dividing. In cancer cells this doesn't happen because the telomerase enzyme repeatedly extends the telomeres. My goal is to find out how cancer cells recruit telomerase to the telomeres allowing it to extend the chromosomes.
Doctor of Philosophy - biomechanical and physiological demands of front row forwards during the scrum
My PhD is centred on rugby union scrummaging, examining the biomechanical and physiological demands of front row forwards during the scrum. I’m focusing on the front row guys because they are the only ones during the scrum who are interlocked and can be influenced by the opposition. If these players understand their technique more and how it influences others, then it’s intended that the game will be a lot faster and more appealing to the rugby audience.
Defense mechanisms of melon against Colletotrichum lagenarium and induces resistance with acibenzolar-S-methyl
My project aims to survey the infection process of C. lagenarium on melon seedlings, investigate the mechanisms of the interaction between melon and C. lagenarium and the efficacy of ASM on control of C. lagenarium. At the moment, research has shown the Colletotrichum fungus can penetrate leaves directly and does not require natural openings (eg, stomates) or wounds.
A Study of the Chemistry of Soybean Protein Curds
My project looks at the effect of proteins, lipids and saccharides in soybean on the chemical and physical properties of tofu. I will explore new ways to improve soy milk yield, examine the effect of ageing and storage on soy protein chemistry, and ascertain the roles of aged constituents on the chemical and physical characteristics of soy protein curds. Current research shows soybean stored in high relative humidity and temperature leads to decreased yield and poor product quality.