QBI GRADUATES

Congratulations to our Research Higher Degree Graduates


Sha (Samantha) Liu (PhD conferral date 04/07/2013) QBI 2013 PhD Graduating students. UQ Centre 18 July 2013.

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is one of the highest degrees awarded by a university. It is an advanced academic qualification and is required for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. The aim of the PhD is to develop independent research skills. These skills include the capacity to identify a significant research problem, to develop expert appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge.

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is an internationally recognised postgraduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project. The MPhil program provides students with an opportunity to develop and enhance analytical and research skills through independent investigation.

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) is both proud and delighted to acknowledge the significant achievement of its research higher degree students who have been awarded their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees.

2016

Conferral date: 30 May 2016

Thesis title: Role of p75 neurotrophin receptor in normal cholinergic basal forebrain function in adults

Principal Advisor: Prof Elizabeth Coulson
Associate Advisor: Dr Francois Windels

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 30 May 2016

Thesis title: Visual attention and sleep homeostasis in Drosophila

Principal Advisor: Associate Prof Bruno van Swinderen
Associate Advisor: Dr Sean Millard

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 4 May 2016

Thesis title: Visual ecology of predator-prey relationships on the coral reef

Principal Advisor: Prof Justin Marshall
Associate Advisor: Dr Karen Cheney

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 22 February 2016

Thesis title: Neural plasticity via visual cortical maps

Principal Advisor: Prof Geoff Goodhill
Associate Advisor: Dr Jonathan Hunt Wei

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 3 February 2016

Thesis title: Tet Protein-medicated DNA hydroxymethylation within the prefrontal cortex as a mechanism for the formation and maintenance of fear-related memory

Principal Advisor: Dr Tim Bredy
Associate Advisor: Dr Wei Wei

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 19 January 2016

Thesis title: Identification and functional characterization of genetic variants in an Australian Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cohort

Principal Advisor: A/Prof Charles Claudianos
Associate Advisor: Dr Alexandre Cristino

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

2015

Conferral date: 17 December 2015

Thesis title: Bio-inspired Visual Homing Strategies for Autonomous Aerial Navigation

Principal Advisor: Prof Mandyam Srinivasan
Associate Advisor: Dr Farid Kendoul

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 09 November 2015

Thesis title: Is plasticity in the human motor cortices altered in healthy older adults?

Principal Advisor: Dr Marc Kamke
Associate Advisor: Prof Jason Mattingley
Associate Advisor: Dr Martin Sale

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 02 October 2015

Thesis title: Identification and characterization of new synthetic drugs selectively targeting a3 glycine receptors a as therapeutic leads for pain treatment

Principal Advisor: Prof Joseph Lynch
Associate Advisor: Dr Angelo Keramidas

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 27 August 2015

Thesis title: DNA methylation: an epigenetic watermark of former cocaine self-administration

Principal Advisor: Dr Tim Bredy
Associate Advisor: Prof Andrew Lawrence

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 17 June 2015

Thesis title: Analysis of non-coding RNA expression in schizophrenia brain

Principal Advisor: Prof Bryan Mowry
Associate Advisor: Dr Jacob Gratten

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 12 June 2015

Thesis title: Characterizing copy number variants in schizophrenia: a clinical, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging study

Principal Advisor: Prof Bryan Mowry
Associate Advisor: Prof David Reutens
Associate Advisor: Dr Gail Robinson

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 02 June 2015

Thesis title: In vivo imaging of the Zebrafish retinotectal map

Principal Advisor: Prof Geoff Goodhill
Associate Advisor: Dr Ethan Scott

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 21 May 2015

Thesis title: Presynaptic mechanisms of general anaesthesia in Drosophila melanogaster

Principal Advisor: A/Prof Bruno van Swinderenl
Associate Advisor: Dr Shanker Karunanithit
Associate Advisor: Dr Benjamin Kottler

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 04 May 2015

Thesis title: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Processes in Vision

Principal Advisor: Prof Jason Mattingleyl
Associate Advisor: Dr Marc Kamke
Associate Advisor: Prof Roger Remington

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 09 March 2015

Thesis title: Colour vision in Mantis shrimps: Understanding one of the most complex visual systems in the world

Principal Advisor: Prof Justin Marshall
Associate Advisor: Dr Martin How

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 06 March 2015

Thesis title: The neural basis of the partial reinforcement extinction effect

Principal Advisor: Prof Pankaj Sah
Associate Advisor: Prof Jason Mattingley
Associate Advisor: Prof R. Frederick Westbrook

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 29 January 2015

Thesis title: Imaging basal forebrain dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease

Principal Advisor: Prof Lizzie Coulson
Associate Advisor: A/Prof Stephen Rose

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 29 January, 2015

Thesis title: Unravelling the sensory control of behaviour in honeybees using virtual reality paradigms

Principal Advisor: Prof Mandyam Srinivasan
Associate Advisor: Dr David Bell

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 15 January 2015

Thesis title: The role of neurogenesis in functional recovery in Endothelin-1 induced model of hippocampal stroke

Principal Advisor: Prof Perry Bartlett
Associate Advisor: Dr Adam Hamlin

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

2014

Conferral date: 10 November 2014

Thesis title: Colour vision of Ischnura heterosticta (Insecta: Odonata): role in sexual selection, communication and visual plasticity

Principal Advisor: Dr Judith Reinhard
Associate Advisor: Dr Short Tsyr-Huei Chiou
A/Prof Charles Claudianos

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 10 November 2014

Thesis title: Regulation of neuronal cell death signalling for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Principal Advisor: A/Prof Lizzie Coulson
Associate Advisor: Dr Fabienne Alfonsi;
Dr Dusan Matusica

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 21st February, 2014

Thesis title: Effects of new hyperekplexia mutations on human glycine receptor structure and function.

Principal Advisor: Prof Joseph Lynch
Associate Advisor: Dr Angelo Keramidas

Link to thesis abstract: https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:312196

 

Conferral date: 25 February, 2014

Thesis title: Exploring the role of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) in regulating active DNA demethylation within post-mitotic neurons.

Principal Advisor: Dr Tim Bredy
Associate Advisor: Dr Kevin Dudley

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 27 February, 2014

Thesis title: The neural circuitry of attention: Top-down influences on primary sensory regions.

Principal Advisor: Prof Jason Mattingley
Associate Advisor Dr Paul Dux

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 22 April, 2014

Thesis title: Identifying selective GABA(A) receptor modulators for the treatment of anxiety

Principal Advisor: Prof Joseph Lynch
Associate Advisor: Prof Pankaj Sah

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 22 April,2014

Thesis title: Real time detection and classification of neural activity patterns

Principal Advisor: A/Prof Ross Cunnington
Associate Advisor: Prof Michael Breakspear

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 24 April, 2014

Thesis title: The causal inference between goal-directed actions and their sensory consequences.

Principal Advisor: A/Prof Ross Cunnington
Associate Advisor: Dr Kerstin Fritsches

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 19 May, 2014

Thesis title: Comparisons of visual capabilities in modern cephalopods from shallow water to deep sea

Principal Advisor: Prof Justin Marshall
Associate Advisor: Dr Kerstin Fritsches

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 19 May, 2014

Thesis title: Using optogenetics to unravel the amygdala

Principal Advisor: Prof Pankaj Sah
Associate Advisor: Prof Joseph Lynch

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 13 June 2014

Thesis title: The role of Myosin VI in neuroexocytosis.

Principal Advisor: Prof Fred Meunier
Associate Advisor: Dr Sally Martin; Dr Shona Osborne

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 18 August 2014

Thesis title: Mechanisms of neuronal endocytosis, vesicular trafficking and sorting unveiled by neurotoxins

Principal Advisor: Prof Fred Meunier
Associate Advisor: A/Prof Lizzie Coulson; Dr Daniel Matthews

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 09 September 2014

Thesis title: Multisensory interactions between olfaction and vision: The influence of odours on visual perception and attention

Principal Advisor: Dr Judith Reinhard
Associate Advisor: Prof Jason Matthingley

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 10 October 2014

Thesis title: Discovering novel molecules that regulate axonal regeneration in the nematode C. elegans

Principal Advisor: Dr Massimo Hilliard
Associate Advisor: Dr Sean Millard

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 03 November 2014

Thesis title: Neural processes for action observation

Principal Advisor: A/Prof Ross Cunnington
Associate Advisor: Prof Jason Mattingley

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

2013

Conferral date: 25 November, 2013

Thesis title: *Investigating the biological basis of emotion: brain structure, function, and genetics

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Mark Bellgrove
Associate Advisors: Professor Ottmar Lipp; Professor Jason Mattingley

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 25 November, 2013

Thesis title: *Wnt-Ryk signaling regulates cortical development

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Helen Cooper
Associate Advisor: Professor Linda Richards

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 25 October, 2013

Thesis title: *Neural interactions of spatial and feature-based attention during visual stimulus processing

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Mark Bellgrove
Associate Advisors: Professor Jason Mattingley; Dr Angela Dean

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 25 October, 2013

Thesis title: *Mechanism of alpha-conotoxin Vc1.1 inhibition on CaV2.2 channel

Principal Advisor: Professor David Adams
Associate Advisors: Professor Joseph Lynch; Dr Geza Berecki

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 11 October, 2013

Thesis title: *Charles Bonnet Syndrome: An investigation into the mechanisms underlying the development of visual hallucinations in acquired visual loss

Principal Advisor: Professor Jason Mattingley
Associate Advisors: Associate Professor Mark Bellgrove; Dr Marc Kamke

Link to thesis abstract: To be provided soon

 

Conferral date: 11 October, 2013

Thesis title: *Physiological and neurochemical mechanisms of executive control

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Mark Bellgrove
Associate Advisor: Dr Angela Dean

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:310999

 

Conferral date: 4 July, 2013

Thesis title: *Mechanisms of Axon Guidance by Gradients

Principal Advisor: Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
Associate Advisor: Professor Linda Richards

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:303899

 

Conferral date: 4 July, 2013

Thesis title: *Voltage-clamp fluorometry of glycine receptors: relevance to pain and startle disease

Principal Advisor: Professor Joseph Lynch
Associate Advisor: Dr Angelo Keramidas

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:304442

 

Conferral date: 4 July, 2013

Thesis title: *Neocortical area patterning and the targeting of callosal axons in the contralateral hemisphere

Principal Advisor: Professor Linda Richards
Associate Advisor: Professor Geoffrey Goodhill

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:303889

 

Conferral date: 21 June, 2013

Thesis title: *Molecular analysis of the motor neuron disease-associated protein, TDP-43

Principal Advisor: Dr Robyn Wallace
Associate Advisors: Professor Pamela McCombe; Dr Marie Mangelsdorf

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:303184

 

Conferral date: 21 June, 2013

Thesis title: *Visual evoked potential based brain-computer interface

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Ross Cunnington
Associate Advisors: Professor Andrew Bradley; Dr Cuntai Guan

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:302647

 

Conferral date: 21 June, 2013

Thesis title: *Investigation of the connectivity of the medial prefrontal cortex and amygdala linked to fear memory

Principal Advisor: Professor Pankaj Sah
Associate Advisors: Associate Professor Stephen Williams; Dr Timothy Bredy

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:303182

 

Conferral date: 21 June, 2013

Thesis title: *Electrophysiological and synaptic properties of neurons in the medial amygdala

Principal Advisor: Professor Pankaj Sah
Associate Advisor: Dr James Crane

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:292238

 

2012

Conferral date: 27 November, 2012

Thesis title: *Vision systems for autonomous aircraft guidance

Principal Advisor: Professor Mandyam Srinivasan
Associate Advisor: Dr Gordon Wyeth

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:284885

 

Conferral date: 12 October, 2012

Thesis title: *The role of Fgf signalling in telencephalic midline development and astrogliogenesis

Principal Advisor: Professor Linda Richards
Associate Advisor: Professor Perry Bartlett

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:283060

 

Conferral date: 12 October, 2012

Thesis title: *The role of nuclear factor one (NFI) in cortical development

Principal Advisor: Professor Linda Richards
Associate Advisor: Dr Michael Piper

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:282555

 

Conferral date: 3 October, 2012

Thesis title: Colour and spatial vision in a reef fish, Rhineccanthus aculeatus

Principal Advisor: Professor Justin Marshall
Associate Advisors: Dr Misha Vorobyev, Dr Ulrike Siebeck, and Dr Guy Wallis

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:282399

 

Conferral date: 31 August, 2012

Thesis title: *Mechanisms of cerebral cortical development

Principal Advisor: Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
Associate Advisor: Professor Linda Richards

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:278861

 

Conferral date: 22 June, 2012

Thesis title: *The development of retinotectal maps

Principal Advisor: Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
Associate Advisor: Emeritus Professor Anthony Bracken

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:275390

 

Conferral date: 22 June, 2012

Thesis title: *The intercalated cells of the rodent amygdala

Principal Advisor: Professor Pankaj Sah
Associate Advisor: Dr Elizabeth Faber

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:274596

 

Conferral date: 8 June, 2012

Thesis title: *The effects of Advanced Paternal Age (APA) on behavioural and brain structural phenotypes in C57BL/6J mice

Joint Principal Advisors: Associate Professor Thomas Burne; Associate Professor Darryl Eyles

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:275161

 

Conferral date: 25 May, 2012

Thesis title: *Role of Munc18-1 in regulating neuroexocytosis

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Frederic Meunier
Associate Advisors: Associate Professor Elizabeth Coulson; Dr Brett Collins

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:273244

 

Conferral date: 11 May, 2012

Thesis title: *Characterisation of Neogenin signaling pathways in polarized epithelial cells

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Helen Cooper
Associate Advisor: Professor Alpha Yap

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:272967

 

Conferral date: 11 May, 2012

Thesis title: *Characterisation of a novel p75 neurotrophin receptor death signalling pathway

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Elizabeth Coulson
Associate Advisor: Professor Pankaj Sah

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:273485

 

Conferral date: 22 January, 2012

Thesis title: *Investigating GABA-A and Glycine Receptor Structure and Function

Principal Advisor: Professor Joseph Lynch
Associate Advisor: Professor Pankaj Sah

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:264627

 

Conferral date: 22 January, 2012

Thesis title: *Modulation of adult mammalian neurogenesis by Sirtuin 1 proteins

Principal Advisor: Professor Perry Bartlett
Associate Advisor: Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:264435

 

Conferral date: 22 January, 2012

Thesis title: *Brain development and behavior in developmentally vitamin-D deficient mice

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Thomas Burne
Associate Advisor: Associate Professor Darryl Eyles

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:264451

 

2011

Conferral date: 21 November, 2011

Thesis title: *Identification and characterization of new compounds targeting glycine receptor chloride channels in pain sensory pathways

Principal Advisor: Professor Joseph Lynch
Associate Advisor: Professor Robert Capon

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:261359

 

Conferral date: 4 November, 2011

Thesis title: *Molecular mechanisms regulating the development of the corpus callosum

Principal Advisor: Professor Linda Richards
Associate Advisor: Dr Zlatko Pujic

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:251978

 

Conferral date: 21 October, 2011

Thesis title: *Natural scene statistics and the development of the primary visual cortex

Principal Advisor: Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
Associate Advisor: Professor Jason Mattingley

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:255714

 

Conferral date: 10 June, 2011

Thesis title: *Activation of Cys-loop receptors by Ivemectin

Principal Advisor: Professor Joseph Lynch
Associate Advisor: Professor Pankaj Sah

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:241544

 

Conferral date: 1 April, 2011

Thesis title: *The role of neogenin in the adult brain: neuronal migration, differentiation and implications for adult neurogenesis

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Helen Cooper
Associate Advisor: Professor Brent Reynolds

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:231341

 

2010

Conferral date: 15 November, 2010

Thesis title: *Physiology and anatomy of rarely encountered ganglion cells in the mammalian retina

Principal Advisor: Emeritus Professor David Vaney
Associate Advisors: Dr William Taylor; Dr Refik Kanjhan

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:219755

 

Conferral date: 2 November, 2010

Thesis title: *The role of neogenin during neurogenesis and migration in the embryonic forebrain

Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Helen Cooper
Associate Advisors: Professor Linda Richards

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:218349

 

Conferral date: 4 October, 2010

Thesis title: *Role of Slit and Robo in the development of midline glia and corpus callosum

Principal Advisor: Professor Linda Richards
Associate Advisors: Associate Professor Helen Cooper; Dr Michael Piper

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:217416

 

2009

Conferral date: 16 October, 2009

Thesis title: *A Bayesian model of axon guidance

Principal Advisor: Professor Geoffrey Goodhill
Associate Advisor: Professor Kevin Burrage

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:184227

 

Conferral date: 16 October, 2009

Thesis title: *Addiction neuroethics: The promise and perils of neuroscience research on addiction

Principal Advisor: Professor Wayne Hall
Associate Advisors: Professor Perry Bartlett; Associate Professor William Grey

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:179596

 

2008

Conferral date: 15 September, 2008

Thesis title: *Modelling the formation of the neurosphere

Principal Advisor: Dr Rodney Rietze
Associate Advisors: Dr Pamela Burrage; Professor Kevin Burrage

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:155235

 

2007

Conferral date: 19 December, 2007

Thesis title: *Neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus: quantification, identification of neural subtypes, and regulation by the immune system

Principal Advisor: Professor Perry Bartlett
Associate Advisor: Associate Professor Elizabeth Coulson

Link to thesis abstract: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:158817