PhD research scholarship available: Exosomes as biomarkers for liver disease

Company Description

The Saliva and Liquid Biopsy Translational Laboratory based at Griffith University is working towards developing novel diagnostic techniques for emerging diseases. We are seeking applications from prospective Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students to work in a biomarker discovery research program supported by a Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) grant. This is your chance to make a difference to the increasing incidence of liver disease worldwide.

Job Description

The project aims to identify exosome-related biomarkers for liver diseases, with a view towards developing a test or potential drug targets for liver diseases. Exosomes will be isolated from blood and saliva samples from liver disease patients and characterized using mass spectrometry and microRNA sequencing. Identified targets will then be evaluated and validated according to their diagnostic or prognostic performance.


The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background.

  • Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and international applicants.
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy.
  • For further information on the eligibility requirements for the program refer here.

International applicants should ensure that English Language Proficiency requirements for the program are met before formally applying. Applicants to research programs will need to show they meet:

  1. A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS (Academic) with no band score less than 6.0 OR
  2. A minimum score of 575 on the paper-based TOEFL including a score of no less than 5.0 on the TWE OR
  3. A score of 79 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL with no sub-score less than 19

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