PhD Research in Alzheimer’s Disease, Western Sydney University, Australia

Expires on: 05/22/2024

Embark on a pioneering journey to unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease through a multidisciplinary PhD project at Western Sydney University’s School of Medicine. Delve into the therapeutic potential of curcuminoids using cutting-edge in vitro methodologies and contribute to novel treatment strategies targeting disease-modifying pathways.

The School of Medicine at Western Sydney University invites highly motivated candidates to apply for a research scholarship aimed at elucidating the mechanisms underlying the potential therapeutic effects of curcuminoids in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Through advanced in vitro methodologies utilizing human-derived stem cell models, this interdisciplinary project seeks to investigate the impact of curcuminoids on key molecular pathways associated with AD pathology, including amyloid-beta aggregation, tau hyperphosphorylation, neuroinflammation, and oxidative stress. Led by Dr. Erika Gyengesi and in collaboration with internal and external partners, the project offers an exceptional opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research with real-world implications.


  • Domestic students: Tax-free stipend of $32,192 per annum supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.
  • International students: Tax-free stipend of $32,192 per annum to support living costs. Eligible candidates may receive a tuition fee waiver based on their track record.
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork, and additional costs as approved by the School/Institute.
  • International candidates are required to hold an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance policy for the duration of their study in Australia.


  • Hold qualifications and experience equivalent to an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, Research Masters degree, or equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • Demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects relevant to cell culture techniques, molecular biology, proteomics, genomics, and pharmacology.
  • Possess an understanding of the importance of research on medical disorders.
  • Be willing to employ sophisticated novel methods.
  • Display enthusiasm and high motivation to undertake advanced-level study.
  • International applicants must also meet English language proficiency requirements.


Interested applicants should submit their Expression of Interest (EoI) to Dr. Erika Gyengesi at For inquiries and advice about the research project, prospective candidates are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Gyengesi.

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