AIBN offers Honours projects through enrolment in collaborating Schools at The University of Queensland. Summer and Winter research interns can continue to pursue their projects into an Honours degree.

    Professor Alan Rowan

    • Biodegradable filtration membrane
    • Investigation of the processing parameters on the nanocellulose properties
    • Brain mimicry to understand the behaviour of malignant gliomas
    • Studying of cells in microgravity conditions
    • Measuring the microscale stiffness around cells
    • Studying cellular response to external force
    • Visualisation of mechanosensing dynamics
    • Unveil the drivers of bone fracture healing
    • Differentiation of stem cells to repopulate bone forming and resorbing cell population
    • Bone cell extracellular vesicles, natures ultimate nanoparticles driving cell signalling 
    • Osteocytes the master regulator of bone formation
    • Guiding wound healing through biophysical control
    • Collagen the founding matrix of our bodies but cellular production is not as simple as we might think.
    • Get creative, make your own synthetic collagen III
    • The influence of extracellular matrix composition on brain diseases 
    • How does the persistence length of polymers influence their biodistribution

    Professor Debra Bernhardt

    • Transport in nanoporous systems
    • Computational studies of ionic liquids
    • Statistical mechanics of nonequilibrium fluids
    • Quantum mechanics for the design of new materials.

    Professor Andrew Whittaker

    • Novel Biologically-Responsive MRI Agents
    • MRI Imaging Agents for Disease Detection
    • Light, pH and Ion Responsive Hydrogels
    • Nanofunctional Surfaces for Control of the Biological Interface 
    • Understanding Effect of Architecture of Fluoropolymers on Their 19F MRI Properties
    • Preparation and Application of Precise-Defined Polymers
    • Design of Photo-patternable Thermal/Electrical Active Hydrogel as Smart Windows for Reducing Energy Consumption
    • Protection and controlled release of small molecules
    • Photo-directing Self-assembly of Block Copolymers as a Novel Lithography Technology for Next-generation Chips Manufacturing

    Professor Kris Thurecht

    • Polymer vectors for gene delivery
    • Polymer Theranostics: Imaging a Treatment in vivo.

    Associate Professor Idriss Blakey

    • Plasmonic chemical dosimeters
    • Surface modification of natural polymers

    Professor Stephen Mahler

    • Development of intracellular delivery strategies for antibody therapeutics
    • Discovery of novel functional antibodies against a human transcription factor cancer target
    • Discovery of blocking antibodies for Angiotensin type II receptor.
    • Expression of antibodies in yeast 

    Professor Chunxia Zhao

    • Precision-engineered hybrid core-shell materials for drug delivery
    • Development of novel bio-inspired biomolecules for controlling colloidal stability


    What to do

    1. Select the Honours project advisor name to download a PDF document with contact details and additional project information.
    2. Contact the project advisor directly to discuss the project and arrange a meeting or visit to the AIBN lab.


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