Fields:

  • Data analytics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Immunology
  • Paediatrics

Location: UQ Diamantina Institute

Type of student: 

  • Both HDR and Extra-curricular
  • Honours students
  • PGY1: Post-graduate year 1
  • PGY2: Post-graduate year 2

Type of work:

  • Secondary data analysis
  • Wet lab work

Brief synopsis:

Alterations in the gut microbiota are thought to precede the onset of type 1 diabetes and contribute to the increasing incidence of disease worldwide. Our group is investigating ways whether alterations in the gut microbiota may be involved in triggering type 1 diabetes. We have identified a number of biomarker candidates that are altered in a proteomic assay of stool samples from individuals with type 1 diabetes. We are now using immune fluorescence staining to identify the source of these proteins in intestine and pancreas. We are using a cohort of biobanked tissue specimens from organ donors. The project involves some tissue staining, microscopy and analysis of stained and scanned tissue sections. The project is well suited to students with flexible work hours.

Supervisor

Dr Emma Hamilton-Williams

Associate Professor Emma Hamilton-Williams

Group Leader and Principal Research Fellow
The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute