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General Health PhD Scholarships

General Health PhD Scholarships

The General Health 'Funding Partner' PhD Scholarship program was introduced in 2004 to enable Rotarians the opportunity to support research in their chosen health area.    It involves a 3.5-year commitment to a donation, from the Rotary partner.   All scholarships also include a contribution from the university at which the successful application conducts their research.

Sandra Sursock

Sandra Sursock

Sandra Sursock is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. She completed a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science Advanced (Honours) Degree in 2021 at Monash University. Following her studies, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in the department of Radiation Oncology. Sandra is also currently working as a Project Officer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Melbourne.

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Ariel Kim

Ariel Kim

I was born in South Korea and moved to Australia when I was nine. I had to frequently move between Korea and Australia, which was challenging growing up, but it enabled me to quickly adapt to new environments and embrace different cultures.

I initially wanted to become a psychiatrist, so I pursued an undergraduate degree in medical science at UNSW. While studying, I developed a stronger interest in research than in clinical practice, which prompted me to pursue a graduate diploma and honours degree in psychology at the University of Sydney.

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Zhe (Darren) Qiang

Zhe (Darren) Qiang

My name is Darren Qiang, I completed my Bachelors in Biomedicine (Immunology) 2021 and Masters in public Health (Epidemiology / Statistics) 2023 at the University of Melbourne. Concurrently with my studies, I have also worked as a research officer in epidemiological data analysis and policy at Dental Health Services Victoria.

During my post graduate studies, developed a passion for research, particularly in statistics and epidemiology. This passion for research was really solidified when I was able to understand and see the real life impacts such research can have on patients and populations.

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Zoe Whitehouse

Zoe Whitehouse

Zoe completed a Bachelor of Health Science from Swinburne University of Technology in 2022 where she developed a passion for biological processes relating to our neurological health, specifically neurodegenerative conditions. She decided to pursue this interest further by completing an honours year at the University of Melbourne investigating a novel mouse model of mitochondrial disease, specifically focusing on neurological complications.

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Thanapon Deekaikam

Thanapon Deekaikam

Thanapon Deekaikam completed his master’s degree in Polymer Science from the Petroleum and Petrochemical College (PPC) at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, in 2021. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Chiang Mai University, which he received in 2018. During his studies, Thanapon contributed to the invention and development of natural polymer structures capable of responding to external stimuli for targeted drug delivery. He co-authored a publication on this research in a leading scientific journal.

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Jingjing Lin

Jingjing Lin

My research background is in ocular research including neurodegenerative disease in the eye. In 2008, I graduated from the department of Ophthalmology and Optometry, Wenzhou Medical University, with a maser degree in Ophthalmology and Optometry (a 7-year program). Till now, I have participated in 3 projects related to neurodegenerative diseases in the eye (Wenzhou Science Y20180728、Y20180713、Y20190635).

Besides, in the field of retina diseases, I have published 7 papers as a co-author. Since 2008, I have worked in the Affiliated Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

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Ajay Konuri

Ajay Konuri

I was interested in Medicine from a very young age as I was exposed to the field quite early in my life. As I grew up, my fascination with neurodegenerative disorders and brain functioning only increased. I attended a Nobel laureate’s lecture during my secondary school that ignited my curiosity into research. Eventually, I chose a career in medical imaging, where I noticed a need for more advanced techniques in neurological diagnostics, especially for children and elderly patients. To address this gap, I pursued a Master of Research at Nottingham Trent University and Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre in the United Kingdom.

During this transformative experience, I gained expertise in cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques. This solidified my passion for research, along with the excitement of discovering something new daily. However, despite my newfound skills, I felt a desire for a deeper understanding of the medical aspects. This led me to the University of Sydney, where I now use novel magnetic resonance techniques and advanced computational tools to uncover early markers of Lewy body diseases.

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Chow Lai

Chow Lai

Chow qualified as a Paediatric Haematologist, Laboratory Haematologist and Paediatric Oncologist in 2023, having trained at New Zealand, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. Despite having a busy career at Monash Children’s Hospital, his interest in science, which developed during his time at his alma mater, Imperial College London, England, continues.

Having seen how new classes of drugs impacted greatly on patients, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors and chronic myeloid leukaemia, anti-tumour necrosis factor monoclonal antibodies and rheumatology patients, and venetoclax with a myriad of haematological malignancies, Chow aspires to follow in the footsteps of several very successful scientists and clinicians to make similar impacts in the paediatric haematological/oncological world.

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Dagmawi Haile

Dagmawi Haile

Dagmawi Chilot is a lecturer of clinical trials at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He received his MSc in Clinical trials from Addis Ababa University, Center for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT Africa), Ethiopia in 2021; and his BSc degree in Nursing from the University of Gondar, Ethiopia in 2016.

Dagmawi joined the University of Gondar as a graduate assistant II in 2016. Alongside his academic duties, he has been working as deputy coordinator of the University of Gondar Clinical Trial Centre, and a clinical data manager expert fellow of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Stella-Maris Egboh

Stella-Maris Egboh

I received a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria (2008) and proceeded for residency and fellowship training at University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria where I obtained the fellowship of the West African College of Physician (2017) in Internal Medicine with my area of subspecialisation as Gastroenterology and Hepatology. To align my clinical interest with therapeutics I enrolled for Master Degree in Pharmacology, which I obtained with Distinction.

I am currently practicing as a Gastroenterologist at Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Nigeria. My areas of interest are Neurogastroenterology and Global Digestive Health.

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