PhD Scholarship: Elucidating novel disease mechanisms in severe asthma

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Worldwide, 300 million people have asthma, including around 10% of Australians. Although treatments for mild to moderate asthma are efficacious, this is not the case in severe asthma, which has higher disease and economic burden. Our preliminary data has uncovered a novel link between autophagy and circadian rhythm in asthma and it is correlated with disease severity particularly with irreversible structural changes in the lungs. This project aims at investigating this causal and novel disease mechanism that drives severe asthma pathogenesis using comprehensive in vitro and in vivo approaches. We will then pursue these questions with the goal of developing novel therapeutic approaches for severe asthma in future.

Dr Sharma leads the Chronic Airways Disease Lab based at the University of Technology Sydney and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. We closely work with A/Prof Brian Oliver’s Molecular Pathogenesis Group (Woolcock/UTS) and Dr Mehra Haghi at School of Pharmacy, UTS.

Value and duration

This Scholarship is valued at $26,682 AUD pa over three years.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be an Australian Resident or Citizen; and
  • Be undertaking a higher degree by research at UTS in the year of the scholarship.

Selection process
  • Have completed a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours or Master of Science by research, or be regarded by the university as having an equivalent level of attainment..
  • Expertise in primary cell culture .
  • Cell and molecular biology techniques (PCR, western, imaging)..
  • Knowledge of murine models of asthma is advantageous..
  • Open to domestic students for commencement before August 2017.


Applications for this scholarship are currently closed. Details on how to apply will be available here during the application period.

Application period

Closing date: 05 May 2017

For further information contact

Pawan Sharma
School of Life Sciences

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