If you're an undergraduate, honours or masters by coursework student, why not apply for UQ's Winter Research Program?

In 2017, the program will run for a minimum of four weeks between mid-June and mid-July and students will work on a research project for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

If you apply, you will be automatically considered for a Winter Research Scholarship of $1000.

To apply, visit the Winter Research Program website.

Projects can be found in a number of ways.  Please refer to our research themes and follow the links to contact the academic staff members directly. You can also find projects in the SCMB Honours booklets - SCMB Introduction to Research, Honours and Masters Research Projects 2017 and Biotechnology Research Projects 2017.

A list of available projects can be found below.

Winter Research Program section

Antifungal market research

Globally, fungal diseases kill 1.5-2 million people annually. The mortality rates for invasive infections caused by the three most common human fungal pathogens; Candidia albicans (20-40%), Aspergillus fumigatus (50-90%) and Cryptococcus neoformans (20-70%) are staggeringly high.

Characterisation of peptides encoded by short open reading frames

Short peptides (sPEPs)that are encoded by short Open Reading Frames (sORFs) are surprisingly common in eukaryote genomes. Recently, a mutation in a sPEP has been associated with a genetic disorder.

Designing new medicines by computer

This project will use sophisticated computer simulations to study how certain types of drugs interact with other biological molecules. The aim of the project is to understand how the structure of a potential drug molecule influences how strongly it associates with its intended target. This determines how effective the molecule might be as a therapy. The insights gained from this project will help to design new drug leads.

Discovering Cancer Biochemical Probes from Natural Sources

Local biologically active plant species will be extracted and screened for anti-cancer activity. Extraction, cancer bioassay guided fractionation, and if time permits structure elucidation, will be undertaken to identify the bioactive components.

Optimisation of a Poly Lactic-co-Glycolic Acid (PLGA) based nanoparticle systems for chemotherapeutic

To optimize and characterize PLGA nanoparticles functionalised by alderonate conjugation and drug loading for cancer drug delivery

Visualising bioinformatics analyses on the web

A growing number of bioinformatics tools for analysing biological data are made available as interactive web-based clients on top of powerful compute servers. This project will implement and evaluate an interface for displaying biological sequence data as graphs; by allowing a user to zoom in and out (akin to Google Maps) new applications to inspect evolutionary relationships between large DNA and protein sequences are envisaged. The Boden group is developing a backend for reconstructing ancestral proteins; this project will investigate a new interface for this tool.