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  Electro-bioluminescence for integrated milk biosensors


   Department of Chemistry

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

 Electro-bioluminescence for integrated milk biosensors

The PhD project will develop an integrated electro-bioluminescent sensing technology for the simultaneous detection of lactose, micro and macro nutrients (metal ions and vitamins) in breast milk samples. The project will develop surface chemistry strategies to immobilize enzymes whose activity will be used to determine the concentration of metal ions as well as vitamins (coenzymes and coenzymes) required for the catabolic oxidation of lactose and other sugars and fats present in breast milk. For example, lactose oxidation, which is coupled to the reduction of coenzymes will trigger a bioluminescent output in the presence of inexpensive reactants such as aliphatic amines. The student will gain expertise in biochemical protocols, as well as in cutting edge electrochemical and optical measurements and technologies. 

The project is in partnership with Medela and will involve internships in industry.

The candidate should have a broad chemistry background, a solid  knowledge of electrochemistry and keen to learn and take up the challenges of a multidisciplinary project. A basic biochemistry knowledge is requires

The position is for a 3.5 years PhD scholarship, with a base stipend of ca. AUD 32,000 per annum (tax free). Tuition fees will be covered for suitably qualified candidates.

The application is open to Australian and New Zealand nationals, as well as to international students.

Expression of interests (academic transcript and a short CV) to .

Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6)

Funding Notes

The position is for a 3.5 years PhD scholarship, with a base stipend of ca. AUD 32,000 per annum (tax free). Tuition fees will be covered for suitably qualified candidates.

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