Cell Biology Projects

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Science Honours Program 2010

The Cell Biology Laboratory offers a number of different projects for the upcoming Science honours program. The list below is a very brief introduction to some current projects. In all cases you should email me and organise a meeting to discuss the details of these projects.

Honours 2010 Flyer Cell_Biology_Laboratory_Honours_projects_2010.pdf


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  1. Neural Development
    1. Study of living neurons during their growth and differentiation by tagging cellular components with fluorescent fusion proteins.
    2. Study the signaling pathways involved with neural differentiation.
  2. Clinically related Projects - Two disorders studied in the lab are the eye disease glaucoma and mental retardation by Fragile X.

Background Information

Requirements of all Science students prior to entry into honours are as follows:

  • A credit average (≥65% weight average mark; WAM) for all pre-honours courses.
  • A credit average for all Level 3 courses relevant to the Major sequence.
  • An applicant with an overall WAM of between 60 to 64 will only be considered if the weighted average for all of their Level 3 subjects is ≥65% (not just those relevant to their major sequence).
  • Completion of all general studies courses (12 units in total with no more than 3 units being undertaken in the Science faculty and a maximum of 6 units within any other faculty).

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Medicine ILP Program

The laboratory offers a number of different ILP projects in 3 main areas, which can also be considered for the Medicine Honours program.

  1. Delirium - The pathophysiology of delirium itself remains a little understood. Very little research has been conducted on the mechanisms related to delirium. However, research on dementia is more extensive. There is a connection between these conditions (similar clinical pictures, outcomes, hypotheses and a relatable link between having one condition and getting the other); it may be possible that research into dementia can be applied to delirium.
  1. Neural Development - Glaucoma is an ophthalmological condition characterised by increased intraocular pressure and retinal ganglion cell death. The resulting symptoms vary between the acute and chronic forms of the condition, but invariably eventuate in some level of vision loss if untreated. Similar cell death occurs in other neural systems and the mechanisms involved in neural cell death and neural protection are currently under investigation.
  2. Embryology Education - How medical education is delivered to students is undergoing dramatic changes with increasing access to online materials. Embryology at UNSW has been pioneering development of online educational modules to cover areas that are either difficult conceptually or not well covered in the current medicine program.

For more background read about the previous ILP Projects.

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