Scholarships Support Emerging Talent

We have been fortunate to receive funding for two new scholarships that will support our research efforts, as well as our efforts to develop emerging talent in our research field.

It’s important to us that we play a role in developing the next generation of research scientists and Dr Clint Gray, our Chief Scientist, has been instrumental in attracting the funding to support and attract PhD students to our laboratory. We are working to develop a centre of excellence and an attractive pathway for promising scientists to broaden their skills, knowledge, and practice, and contribute towards valuable scientific research.


Melody Collins Memorial Scholarship

Melody Collins and family

Our new PhD student Jasmine White is the inaugural recipient of the Melody Collins Memorial Scholarship. Worth $30,000 per year for three years, the scholarship was created by Melody’s sister and brother-in-law, Kara, and Josh Isaac.

In early 2019 Melody was diagnosed with terminal cancer, facing her prognosis with courage, faith, hope and determination.

Kara and Josh have established the scholarship in the hope that the research it supports will one day help other families to get more time with a loved one suffering from cancer.

Jasmine will join us in January 2023. The focus of her PhD research will involve looking at glioblastoma tumours, growing organoids (‘mini brains’) and performing proteomics, metabolomics and lipidomics. Her work will examine metabolism and how the tumour feeds itself. She will also investigate if the tumour uses specific nutrients to grow and may be targeted to help slow or stop tumour growth.


Deane Endowment Trust Scholarship

We will shortly be announcing the inaugural recipient of the Deane Endowment Trust Scholarship, which is worth $20,000 per year for three years. Sir Roderick and Lady Gillian Deane have been strong supporters of Gillies McIndoe and we welcome their latest support of our research efforts.

This scholarship will enable a PhD student to undertake research into keloids, which is a type of benign lesion that can form on scar tissue. They can be painful and effect the movement of the skin. It’s a disfiguring and potentially life-threatening condition that warrants more research effort, as there is currently little understanding of its causes and few treatment options.

The PhD student receiving the scholarship will look at the molecular, metabolic and 3D genomic characteristics of keloids and how we may better understand and develop future treatments.

Some of our PhD positions are currently vacant. If you know of anyone who may be finishing university and/or considering further study, please encourage them to contact us about possible opportunities.