Now recruiting students for our Honours 2017 program
2017 Semester 2 applications close on the 18th November 2016.
Dr Cristina Keightley
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At ARMI, students begin their research career with the research leaders in regenerative medicine. Completing an Honours year at ARMI gives students a firm grounding in cutting edge technologies and the science of regenerative and stem cell biology. Such an opportunity cannot be found in other areas of the University.
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- Heart and muscle development and regeneration
- Immunity and regeneration
- Stem cells and regeneration
- Neural regeneration
Begin your Research Career at ARMI
We use the basic rules of animal regeneration to unlock regenerative potential in patients for treatment of a range of currently untreatable disorders.
- discovery of the basic rules that govern formation of muscle stem cells in the embryo and adult
- better understanding of how stem cells are used during muscle regeneration
- treatments for muscular dystrophy using zebrafish models
- making the heart a better regenerating organ by stimulating specific signaling pathways.
We exploit the immune system as a new player in regenerative medicine, which can be manipulated for therapeutic gain.
- understand the role of the immune system in scar-free healing
- determine how immune cells form and are continually replenished
- define the immune system as a critical component of tissue regeneration
- understand the difference in immune regulation between the regenerative and non-healing context
- harness the immune system for delivery of therapeutics to regenerating tissues.
We use knowledge gained from highly regenerative tissues and animal models to generate human cells that can treat a range of degenerative disease, and learn how to manipulate cell populations in the body to repair more effectively.
- define how the genome is read and packaged to form a stem cell
- understand how a stem cell-like state is maintained and regained in induced reprogramming
- identify what environment cues (niche) and other cell systems (immune) interact to influence stem cell function
- enhance endogenous stem cell-mediated repair of injured tissues
- make therapeutically relevant cell types from stem cells to treat disease.
We work on stimulating regeneration of the mammalian nervous system after damage and degenerative disease.
- define how the brain and spinal cord respond after injury and what innate regenerative potential exists in the nervous system of mammals and non-human primates
- make neural cells from stem cell
- identify genes needed to make the brain form normally
- formation of neural stem cell populations in regenerating systems such as the zebrafish brain
- characterise relative regenerative differences in spinal cord of zebrafish and mammals.
Students from the following fields of study are encouraged to apply to do an Honours project at ARMI Biomedical Sciences:
- Medical Science
- Health Science
The next step is to contact the Group Leaders to discuss the project further.
Once you and your supervisor have agreed on a project:
- Your supervisor will need to fill out an ARMI Honours EOI undertaking to be your supervisor and stating the name of the project. This document appears on the right under the Resources heading.
- Prepare a copy of your transcript highlighting the subjects you wish to be considered for entry.
- Submit completed ARMI Honours EOI, Faculty Honours application form and transcript to the ARMI Honours Coordinator for approval.
- Lodge the ARMI approved Faculty Honours application form with the appropriate faculty office.
Enrolment requirements for undertaking Honours at ARMI appear in the document to the right under the Resources heading.
Completion of a Bachelor's degree in either Science or Biomedical Science.
An average of at least 70% in four relevant third year units.
BMS students must enrol directly through the Med Faculty for BMS Hons, whilst BSc students enrol through the Science Faculty for BSc Hons. BMS Honours Students must enrol for the following units:
- BMS4100 Biomedical science research project
- BMS4200 Advanced studies in biomedical science.
An application form can be found at:
BSc Honours Students must enrol for the following Regenerative medicine units:
- MIS4100 Regenerative medicine research project (36 points)
- MIS4200 Advanced studies in regenerative medicine (12 points).
Ensure your ARMI Honours EOI is returned to the ARMI Honours Coordinator.
Application details can be found at: