Student achievements

Student achievements

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More than 150 undergraduate and graduate students are part of our medical research teams and make important contributions to our research.

Our students undertake research into important questions in medical research. Students have access to leading technologies in our modern facilities, as well as benefiting from the established collaborations our research teams have formed both within the Institute, as well as nationally and internationally. 

Our commitment to diversity and gender equity ensures all students at the Institute are supported to achieve their full potential.


Benefits of studying with us

  • Experienced supervisors, our student advisory committees and our Education team ensure the progress of our students is monitored and supported at all times

  • Our culture of collaboration allows our students to learn diverse, multidisciplinary skills from a wide variety of researchers

  • Research discoveries led by our students are recognised through lead authorship on high-impact research papers

  • Our students are encouraged and supported to present their work at local, national and international conferences, and undertake research exchanges

  • Student achievements are recognised by nomination for relevant awards both within the Institute and externally

  • Our Grants Office and Scientific Education Office provides assistance with applying for scholarships and research bursaries

  • Graduating students receive assistance with planning their future careers, and benefit from our researchers' international networks

  • Our students are given diverse opportunities to broaden their skills through involvement in Institute committees, our internship program and our student association


Student success stories


Emma Nolan

New Zealander Emma Nolan's PhD research pinpointed a potential new approach to preventing breast cancer in at-risk women.


Dr Jason Brouwer

Recent PhD graduate Dr Jason Brouwer not only made important breakthroughs medical research, but also pursued his commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and reconciliation.

PhD student Daniel CameronDaniel Cameron

Picchi Award winner Daniel Cameron's PhD research is improving the detection of the genetic changes that occur in cancer.


Lucille RankinDr Lucille Rankin

As a PhD student with us, Dr Lucille Rankin revealed how are a newly discovered immune cell contributes to digestive health.


Catia PierottiCatia Pierotti

Catia Pierotti received the 2015 Colman Speed Honours award for her research project into inhibitors of a process important in inflammatory disesaes.

Bronze medal for best honours student

The Colman Speed Honours Award is presented each year to our top Honours student.

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Find out from our students about what it's like to study here