Advance Queensland Research Fellows and PhD Scholars

Program Period Project Suburb Sector Amount Round
Research Fellowships 2017
CONSULT: A connectivity-based surgical planning tool, incorporating advanced functional neuroimaging

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Mr Lee Reid

https://www.csiro.au/

Fairfield - Dutton Park $180,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
A personalised PSA test for prostate cancer diagnosis

Queensland University of Technology

Ms Srilakshmi Srinivasan

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City $180,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Development of advanced reproductive techniques to characterize infertility in barramundi

James Cook University

Mr Adrien Marc

https://www.jcu.edu.au/

Douglas $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Developing automated approaches to the parametrisation of biophysical crop models

University of Southern Queensland

Mr David Johnston

https://www.usq.edu.au/

Rangeville $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Systems biology of beer: genomics and proteomics for brewing biochemistry

The University of Queensland

Mr Edward Kerr

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
"CyFit" - Outpatient telerehabilition management for Queensland children with cystic fibrosis

The University of Queensland

Mr Lei Lang

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Development sustainable building technologies from low grade timber

University of Southern Queensland

Mrs Rebecca Cherry

https://www.usq.edu.au/

Rangeville $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Improving quality of life and outcomes for regional cancer patients

University of Southern Queensland

Miss Arlen Rowe

https://www.usq.edu.au/

Rangeville $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Planar reconfigurable antennas for on-the move satellite communications

The University of Queensland

Miss Erin Oliver

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Manipulation sorghum grain size, grain number and grain quality

The University of Queensland

Mr Basam Tabet

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Multi-Objective Optimisation and Multi-Agent Learning for IoT Devices

The University of Queensland

Mr Lleywn Salt

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2017
Queensland-grown algae as functional foods for obesity

University of Southern Queensland

Ms Jessica Pahl

https://www.usq.edu.au/

Rangeville $45,000 2
Research Fellowships 2016
Cost-effective restoration of wetlands that protect the Great Barrier Reef

Griffith University

Dr Fernanda Adame This project will apply and advance a novel methodology, which incorporates ecological, economic and social factors to determine the most cost-effective restoration projects based on: 1) Restoration should be cheap, feasible and maximise ecological and social returns; 2) Funds should be allocated to wetlands that efficiently trap terrestrial pollutants; 3) Wetlands that deliver additional ecosystem services should be prioritised.

https://www.griffith.edu.au/

Salisbury - Nathan Great Barrier Reef $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Advancement and Commercialisation of Spinifex Nanocellulose Enhanced Rubber Products

The University of Queensland

Dr Nasim Amiralian Look to make further advancement and commercialisation of spinifex nanocellulose enhanced rubber products. This proposal involves the application of a patented Queensland nanotechnology for the reinforcement of ultra-thin and strong condoms and surgical gloves, and more durable compounded rubber materials. In the manufacture of condoms, latex rubber materials are sought that are resistant to breakage, but also have high flexibility to allow for a close fit and improved feel of sensation.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health care and social assistance $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Easily deconstructed spinifex nanofibres for enhancement of high-performance construction materials

The University of Queensland

Dr Pratheep Kumar Annamalia This project aims at address challenges by improving the flexural strength and reducing the shrinkage and surface cracking of cement and concrete materials, and improving in the dimensional stability and durability of bituminous road surfaces and spray-on sealants using the unique, low-cost, high-performance nanofibres that are easily deconstructed from Australian arid spinifex grasses.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia agriculture, forestry and fisheries $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Identifying sources of fine sediments to protect the GBR

James Cook University

Dr Zoe Bainbridge This project will for the first time characterise and trace the origin(s) of the sediments that are most responsible for the declining condition of the GBR. This will enable direct targeting of the sources of this material to achieve maximum benefits to GBR health from catchment management actions.

https://www.jcu.edu.au/

Douglas Great Barrier Reef $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Satellite Detection of Marine Pollution in the Great Barrier Reef

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Dr David Blondeau-Patissier This project aims at developing an automated pollution detection system from the synergetic use of advanced optical, thermal and radar sensors from next-generation earth observation satellites

https://www.csiro.au/

Fairfield - Dutton Park Great Barrier Reef $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Targeting genome stability in cancer

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Emma Bolderson Patients presenting with metastatic disease are almost exclusively non-curable. It is vital, that we understand this disease at the molecular level, that we identify new therapeutic targets and biomarkers. It is generally agreed that targeting the genome stability pathways, offer one of the best hopes of tackling cancers. Given the evidence, it is vital that we understand how normal cellular processes protect us from genome instability and how ultimately genome stability functions in cancer and cancer progression. A novel mechanism for cancer treatment has been developed that uses chemically modified DNA molecules targeting DNA repair proteins. This research aims to further characterise these DNA molecules as an effective cancer treatment.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Health care and social assistance $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Water purification pipes for irrigation using poor quality water resources

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Mariam Darestani Freshwater water resources are declining globally. Although other impurities can also harm plants, so often salt is the main issue. Desalination technologies have advanced significantly but still are energy extensive and costly for irrigation. This research aims to develop a cost-effective technology for irrigation. These water purification pipes comprise of hydrogel layer supporting a membrane that faces poor quality water inside the pipes.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Agriculture, forestry and fisheries $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Transforming Queensland's agricultural and petroleum waste products into advanced composites.

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Kameron Dunn This project seeks to lay down the initial foundations of an Advanced Carbon Fibre Composite Industry forged from the already existing advantages of local Queensland industries. In the broader context, the project seeks to bridge the divide between the existing Queensland Sugarcane Industry and the Queensland Petrochemical Industry and connect, integrate and equip these Queensland industries with advanced manufacturing capability and knowhow in biorefining.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Electricity, gas, water and waste services $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Novel approach to reduce productivity losses from injuries and illnesses

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Jason Edwards To research a novel approach to reduce productivity losses from injuries and illnesses. The aim of this research is to provide evidence-based knowledge to underpin future WHS regulatory interventions and policies.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Health care and social assistance $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Using telemedicine for improving diabetes management in Queensland

The University of Queensland

Dr Farhad Fatehi Will implement and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a mobile-based system to automatically capture and transmit clinical data of people with diabetes in Queensland and enable large-scale remote monitoring and management of patients. This system will utilise Bluetooth and mobile technology to improve the labour-intensive jobs of initiation and titration of insulin for people with type 2 diabetes.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health care and social assistance $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Pushing the boundaries of current numerical geotechnical modelling capabilities

The University of Queensland

Dr Sergio-Andres Galindo-Torres This project proposed to extend the current simulation software capabilities for the planning and risk assessment of coal seam gas extraction sites. It is expected that the improved simulation platforms will increase the technical expertise of future consultancy projects, provide tools to visualise and communicate results to the public and carry out applied and fundamental research.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Electricity, gas, water and waste services $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
New therapies for Coeliac Disease: Helminths and their secreted products

James Cook University

Dr Paul Giacomin The project aims to translate this novel therapy into a larger, placebo-controlled clinical trial and study the mechanisms by which worms control the immune response. Identification of the molecules that the worms produce to suppress gluten-induced pathology will allow the development of pill-based medications for CeD, and potentially other autoimmune or inflammatory conditions.

https://www.jcu.edu.au/

Trinity Beach - Smithfield Health care and social assistance $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
A proactive approach for reducing medication errors in Queensland hospitals

University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Natassia Goode This research aims to apply and evaluate a novel and proactive approach to analysing and redesigning the complex work systems involved in medication delivery. Partnering with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS), the project will analyse: 1) the sub-tasks, people, technologies, information, and the interactions between them involved in tasks associated with medication errors; 2) the network of controls that are used to manage the risks associated with medication delivery; and 3) these analyses will enable a diagnosis of the pathways to failure within the system, and will identify opportunities for system redesign to prevent future errors.

https://www.usc.edu.au/

Sippy Downs Health care and social assistance $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
MICROpropagator - A Plant Propagation Platform Based on Novel Biomolecules

The University of Queensland

Dr Alice Hayward This project will develop MICROpropagator - a world-first, non-GM, non-toxic, root-inducing formula to improve clonal propagation of woody crops. MICROpropagator will be made of newly discovered molecules in plants that control root production. It will be tested in an optimised tissue-culture propagation pipeline for avocado.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Agriculture, forestry and fisheries $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Energy Positive Domestic Wastewater Treatment

The University of Queensland

Dr Shihu Hu This project will develop MICROpropagator - a world-first, non-GM, non-toxic, root-inducing formula to improve clonal propagation of woody crops. MICROpropagator will be made of newly discovered molecules in plants that control root production. It will be tested in an optimised tissue-culture propagation pipeline for avocado.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Electricity, gas, water and waste services $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Robotic leg-holding device making keyhole knee-surgery easier and safer

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Anjali Jaiprakash This research will analyse data of a robotic leg-holding device, developed to make keyhole knee-surgery easier and safer. This data will be analysed to develop a vision-based robotic leg-manipulation system for better surgical outcomes.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Health care and social assistance $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Intelligent microwave assisted convective dryer for agricultural products

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Azharul This research aims to develop an intelligent intermittent microwave assisted solar drying method, which can be applied to any agricultural products. Theoretical model for IMSD will be developed to investigate quality changes during IMSD. CFD models will be developed to investigate flow and temperature profile inside the drying chamber and silos. This will help to design best shape of the drying chamber/ silo in terms of uniformity of air-flow, heat distribution and product quality. A prototype microwave assisted solar dryer will be manufactures and tested.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Agriculture, forestry and fisheries $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Establishing therapeutic links between early dopamine function and schizophrenia

The University of Queensland

Dr James Kesby This project will investigate how alterations in dopamine during brain development can lead to schizophrenia-like behaviours and altered brain function in the adult. Using advanced gene silencing techniques in the rat embryo the fellowship aims to manipulate a key developmental factor within dopamine neurons. The translational component of this research will be to identify therapeutic targets for interventions to help prevent the onset of schizophrenia in high-risk subjects.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health care and social assistance $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Sustainable production of ethanol fuel from waste-gas

The University of Queensland

Dr Muxina Konarova This will develop and commercialise the sustainable production of ethanol fuel from waste-gas using innovative technology to make ethanol in small scale. The process converts syngas, obtained from landfill-biogas, biomass gasification or stranded coal seam gas into ethanol-fuel.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Electricity, gas, water and waste services $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Engineering nanohybrid platforms for oral vaccination combined with animal feed

The University of Queensland

Dr Li Li This project aims to design and make polymer-clay nano-hybrids to load commercial vaccines combined with animal feed to protect livestock against infectious diseases. The major goals of the platform are to safely deliver the vaccine antigens to the intestine and induce a specific long-term protection against a certain disease.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Agriculture, forestry and fisheries $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Compact terahertz laser imaging system for early skin cancer detection

The University of Queensland

Dr Yah Leng Lim With Queensland being the skin cancer capital of the world, this fellowship aims to translate the prototype technology to a diagnostic tool capable of assisting clinicians in early skin cancer detection. This fellowship plans to consolidate the electronics, improve imaging performance, and remove the need for cryogenic cooling.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Health care and social assistance $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Commercial scale production of N-Sorptive Superabsorbent Biopolymers for Sugarcane Fertilizers

The University of Queensland

Dr Paul Luckman Explore commercial scale production of N-Sorptive superabsorbent biopolymers for sugarcane fertilisers. In this project, the needs of the sugarcane growers and the needs of the environment are perfectly aligned, neither can afford the continued loss of N into our waterways. This project will modify natural biopolymers using a scalable commercial reactive extrusion process, to provide the sorptive matrix materials for the next generation of sugarcane fertilisers.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Agriculture, forestry and fisheries $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Process improvement of energy and value extraction from agro-industrial waste

University of Southern Queensland

Associate Professor Bernadette McCabe This fellowship will collaborate with one of Australia's largest processing plants to develop tools and practices that better manage waste streams and biogas process optimisation. The benefits of the research will further increase profitability and reduce environmental impact across Queensland's red meat sector through developing enhanced waste management processes and technologies.

https://www.usq.edu.au/

Rangeville Electricity, gas, water and waste services $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Development of novel immunotherapeutics for cancer treatment

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

http://www.qimrberghofer.edu.au/

Kelvin Grove - Herston Health care and social assistance $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Maximising renewable energy penetration through smart inverter deployment and control

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Juan Ortiz This project will develop a multidisciplinary approach that expands and integrates the three most recent developments in our understanding of the physiological, ecological and evolutionary functioning of GBR corals.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Renewable energy $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Psychiatric symptoms after deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Investigate the psychiatric symptoms as a result of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease.

http://www.qimrberghofer.edu.au/

Kelvin Grove - Herston Health care and social assistance $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Managing the detrimental effects of indospicine through rumen metabolism

The University of Queensland

Dr Gabriele Netzel Dr Gabriele Netzel will investigate the detrimental effects of indospicine through rumen metabolism. The goal is to deliver an inoculum against the detrimental effects of the plant toxin indospicine on cattle to benefit the beef industry and Queensland's market reputation. This project will investigate this degradation, to identify responsible ruminal microbes, and to develop an inoculum which would enable indospicine to be metabolised.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Agriculture, forestry and fisheries $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Maximising GBR resilience by integrating physiology, evolutionary biology, and macroecology

The University of Queensland

Dr Yateendra Mishra This project will build capacity of local manufacturers to deliver cost-effective solutions to address the technical challenges faced by Queensland distribution network service providers (DNSPs) in integrating renewable energy and supporting technologies (energy storage, electric vehicles etc.) into ageing distribution networks, whilst maintaining and improving quality of supply. The project seeks to not only further develop dSTATCOM technologies for power quality support, but to additionally provide a concrete value proposition for DNSPs to adopt these emerging technologies into their networks.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Great Barrier Reef $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Functional foods for healthy ageing of a growing elderly population

University of Southern Queensland

Dr Sunil Panachal Dr Sunil Panchal will focus his functional food research for healthy ageing of a growing elderly population. This research will further investigate treatments for these chronic inflammatory diseases to provide an evidence basis for dietary options to improve the health of the people in the community. This project will target these chronic age-related complications through the use of functional foods. Collaborating with Nature Pacific Pty Ltd (Gold Coast) and Nutrafruit Pty Ltd (Toowong) to source sustainable products the project will explore effective and affordable food products in partnership with the Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network to develop commercial products and determine their clinical potential.

https://www.usq.edu.au/

Rangeville Health care and social assistance $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Unlocking Queensland's bauxite ore reserves through process technology innovation

The University of Queensland

Dr Hong Peng This research will look to unlock Queensland's bauxite ore reserves through process technology innovation.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Mining and resources $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Development of a vaccine for chikungunya virus

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Dr Natalie Prow To undertake pre-clinical evaluation of the SCV/CHIKV vaccine at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QIMRB) using the CHIKV mouse model of infection and disease developed at QIMRB. CHIKV is related to, but causes more severe disease than, our Ross River virus, and has recently caused the largest global epidemic ever recorded for this virus. Millions of CHIKV cases have been reported, primarily in Africa, Asia, and the Americas (but also Papua New Guinea and several Pacific Islands).

http://www.qimrberghofer.edu.au/

Kelvin Grove - Herston Health care and social assistance $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Development of a luminescence-based sensor for the detection of explosives

The University of Queensland

Dr Paul Shaw The project builds on an existing collaboration between the Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) and Australian company Arborescent Pty Ltd to develop and commercialise a portable detector for explosives, known as Arbsense for field use. The key technology behind Arbsense is a thin layer of a luminescent (light-emitting) molecules known as dendrimers, which are coated onto glass and can detect the vapours from explosives. The technology was a finalist last year in the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Professional, scientific and technical services $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Upscaling and developing on-site cyanide plant for gold/base metal mines

The University of Queensland

Dr Pradeep Shukla Based on the successful demonstration of a pilot plant at Henty gold mine, the project will upscale the process, which will provide innovative research output in enhanced energy recovery, reaction optimization and improve details of system design. These modifications will allow the proposed process to be technologically and commercially feasible at more than 75% of the world's operating mines that require the use of cyanide in their process.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Mining and resources $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Deep Learning for Large Scale Logo Identification and Semantic Search

Queensland University of Technology

Dr Sabesan Sivapalan Research deeper learnings and search technology for large scale logo identification and company trademarks. This project will involve two research components 1) Developing large-scale image recognition algorithms to efficiently identify potentially infringing images from websites, and 2) Developing deep-learning techniques to derive semantic data from logos/images to automatically generate text descriptions.

https://www.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane City Information media and telecommunications $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
A smartphone-based decision support tool to stimulate cyclone mitigation

James Cook University

Dr Daniel Smith This project aims to develop an actionable, research-based approach to mitigation in Queensland and other wind-prone regions of Australia. The benefits to Queensland include stimulation of mitigation action among homeowners, reduction of loss and suffering from severe wind events and insurance premium reductions resulting from enhanced housing resilience.

https://www.jcu.edu.au/

Douglas Professional, scientific and technical services $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Development of cost effective, large-scale nearshore nourishment for Queensland beaches

Griffith University

Dr Darrell Strauss The project aims to quantify the morphodynamic response to large-scale nourishment of Queensland beaches by developing the process understanding and numerical modelling capability for the dynamic transport of sand under the influence of a range of wave and current conditions in shallow water depths, with a particular focus on the onshore movement of sand.

https://www.griffith.edu.au/

Arts and recreational services $300,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Reconfigurable mm-wave antenna systems for satellite communications

The University of Queensland

Dr Yifan Working to link up isolated communities with the rest of the world by improving millimetre-wave satellite technology. A low-cost reconfigurable antenna system would connect with low-earth-orbit satellites, allowing a high-speed data rate. The antenna technology developed by Dr Wang, in collaboration with Brisbane-based EM Solutions Pty Ltd, would use a flat and compact satellite terminal with automatic tracking.

https://www.uq.edu.au/

St Lucia Information media and telecommunications $180,000 1
Research Fellowships 2016
Making Solar Better: Advanced Electronics for Distributed Energy Storage

Griffith University

Dr Wayne Water This research project proposes a solution to these and other potential issues by developing an advanced Direct Current (DC) converter to be used in a single-conversion stage topology with battery energy storage.

https://www.griffith.edu.au/

Salisbury - Nathan Renewable energy $180,000 1
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