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Mechanistic and comparative toxicity of commercial essential oils


Diamantina Institute

Saturday, April 10, 2021 Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project will focus on the investigation of endocrine disruption of male reproductive performance by essential oils in experimental animals. The project will start with a literature review on essential oil endocrine disruption, fertility in the male rat, and differences in their reproductive physiology in comparison to other experimental animals and humans. After that, an experimental program will be developed to identify which physiological pathways are disrupted in experimental animals by oregano oil, and other essential oils of similar or overlapping composition and determine the relevance of findings in rats to other experimental animal models and to humans

This project will provide the successful candidate wit a solid background in toxicology and and a sound basis for a career in toxicology, human health risk assessment and toxicological research.

NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS WHICH PREVENT TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA BY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - RECRUITMENT FOR THIS PROJECT IS ON HOLD UNTIL INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA IS PERMITTED.

Although applications may still be made these will not be processed until travel restrictions are eased, which is likely to be some time in 2021 at the earliest. Any changes to this situation will be posted here

Funding Notes

The successful candidate will be eligible for a research student stipend of AU$28,092 (2020 rate) per annum tax-free for full-time students, paid in fortnightly installments. The funding agency, AGRIFUTURES Australia, may also provide a small top up to the stipend of approximately $5000 pa and research funding support.

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