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Integrative omics of CVD following preeclampsia

   Menzies Institute for Medical Research

  Dr Phil Melton  Saturday, January 29, 2022  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Hobart Australia Bioinformatics Genetics Genomics Human Genetics

About the Project

Shared risk of cardiovascular disease following preeclampsia using genomics and metabolomics

About the research project

Women who suffer from the hypertensive disorder preeclampsia during pregnancy have been shown to have an increased risk for the subsequent development of cardiovascular disease. The physiological demands of pregnancy offer an early window to the underlying risk of cardiovascular disease in women, as both conditions impact on similar metabolic pathways. This project leverages internationally recognized Australian genomic resources on preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease and will integrate these with high-dimensional metabolomics and lipidomics data. Advanced analytical methods will be utilized to identify potential biomarkers associated shared with preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease. The candidate can expect to gain skills in health data science and integrative omic analysis. This project can be tailored to suit the interests of the students with an interest in health data science or genomics.


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research 

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

After checking and ensuring that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria contact the project supervisor.

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