Postgraduate research opportunities

Various research opportunities for potential PhD/Master’s (research) students are available within JCSMHS and school associated platforms, namely BRIMS and SEACO.  The list below shows a non-exhaustive list of the research projects our researchers are undertaking. You may contact the respective researcher to discuss about the research opportunity or write in to mum-jcsmhs.grdegrees@monash.edu for information on admissions.

PhD

No.

Supervisor

Tentative Title of Project / Area of Research

Minimum Eligibility for PhD Admission

Grant Funded

1

Main Supervisor:
Prof Shajahan Yasin

Co-Supervisor: Prof Tin Tin Su

Public Health Research: Innovating behaviour and health surveillance for cardiovascular disease prevention in Malaysia

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%

Funded by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and MRC-UK

2

Prof Tin Tin Su

Dr Tan Min Min

Active and Successful Ageing: a Malaysian Perspective

<Gerontology, public health, social epidemiology>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%

N/A
3

Prof Tin Tin Su

Dr Tan Min Min

Dr Devi Mohan

Implementation of community education and navigation programme for breast cancer early detection

<Public health, implementation research, Non Communicable Diseases>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%

N/A
4

Prof Tin Tin Su

Dr Jeevitha Mariapun

Assoc Prof Dr Sivakumar Thurairajasingam

Mental Health wellbeing  and Quality-Of-Life among Postpartum Mothers

<Public health, Social epidemiology, reproductive health, psychology>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%

N/A
5

Prof Tin Tin Su

Assoc Prof Dr Quek Kia Fatt

Dr Jeevitha Mariapun

Longitudinal analysis of the clustering and transition of cardio-vascular disease risk factors among community dwellers

<Public health, Non Communicable Diseases, epidemiology>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%

N/A
6

Prof Tin Tin Su

Dr Nowrozy Jahan

The identification of causes of death among non-medically certified deaths in Malaysia using verbal autopsy

<Public health, social epidemiology>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%

N/A
7

Goh Pei Hwa

Sexuality and wellbeing among young adults in Malaysia H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
8

Goh Pei Hwa

Adriana Ortega

Technology use and romantic relationship functioning H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
9 Assoc Prof Shamsul HaqueAutobiographical memory, identity and mental health H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
10 Assoc Prof Shamsul HaqueTrauma, memory and mental health among forcefully displaced population H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
11 Assoc Prof Shamsul HaqueConstruction of autobiographical memories within the self-memory system H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
12 Prof Dato’ Dr Khalid Bin Abdul Kadir The effects of Tocotreinol rich Vitamin E derived from palm oil in primary diabetes prevention and in ameliorating the complications of diabetes: clinical and biochemical studies.*

*Please contact the supervisor for more details

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%

FRGS Grant and support from Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Pharmaceutical Companies

13 Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan Epigenetic changes induced in leucocytes following daily supplementation of human milk oligosaccharide and tocotrienols using a mouse model of tetanus toxoid vaccination

*Please contact the supervisor for more details
H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% Grant Funded
14 Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan

Comparative transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of three-dimensional multicellular breast tumour  spheroids following treatment with tocotrienols.

*Please contact the supervisor for more details

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
15 Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan Comparative study of the effects of consuming major edible oils on health

*Please contact the supervisor for more details
H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
16 Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan Discovery of biomarkers of following supplementation of tocotrienols in two human glioblastoma cells using quantitative proteomics profiling strategies

*Please contact the supervisor for more details
H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
17

Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan

Dr T Valliammai Jayanthi

Evaluating the potential of daily supplementation of vitamin E from palm oil to improve sperm health and quality

*Please contact the supervisor for more details
H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
18 Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan Effects of eight-week probiotic supplementation on epigenetics changes in host immune system and psychophysiology parameters among athletes: A Randomised Control trial

*Please contact the supervisor for more details
H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% Grant Funded
19

Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan

Assoc Prof Uma Devi Palanisamy

Elucidating the role of long non-coding RNA in development of breast cancer

*Please contact the supervisor for more details
H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70% N/A
20

Prof Iekhsan Othman

Dr Syafiq Asnawi

Assoc Prof Rakesh Naidu

Identification of antigenic proteins from the venom of Malaysian venomous snakes using tandem mass spectrometry

<Antivenom/ Alternative Antivenom Studies>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
21

Prof Iekhsan Othman

Dr Syafiq Asnawi

Assoc Prof Rakesh Naidu

Dr Md Farooq Shaikh

Preliminary investigation on the potential anti-venom activity from Malaysian common herbs and medicinal plant on the venom of Malaysian venomous snakes

<Antivenom/ Alternative Antivenom Studies>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
22

Prof Iekhsan Othman

Dr Syafiq Asnawi

Assoc Prof Rakesh Naidu

Comprehensive Proteomics Analysis of Malaysian Venomous Snakes Using Multiple Chromatography Techniques and Tande Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

<Snake Venom Proteomics (Venomics)>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
23

Dr Md Farooq Shaikh

Dr Syafiq Asnawi

Prof Iekhsan Othman

Investigation of the anticonvulsive effect of the venom from Malaysian venomous snakes (Malaysian pit vipers and Malaysian cobras)

<Neurodegenerative Diseases/Alzheimers’>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
24

Assoc Prof Rakesh Naidu

Dr Syafiq Asnawi

Prof Iekhsan Othman

Cytotoxic activities of cytotoxin from Malaysian cobra venom in human colon cancer cells

<Anticancer>

H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
25Professor Dr Md Ezharul Hoque ChowdhuryOral nano-insulin formulations to control blood sugar level in diabetic ratsH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
26Main Supervisor: Assoc Prof Rakesh Naidu

Co-Supervisor:
Prof Iekhsan Othman
Anti-Cancer Activity and Molecular Mechanism of Selected Diarylpentanoids in Human Cancer CellsH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
27Main Supervisor: Assoc Prof Rakesh Naidu

Co-Supervisor:
Prof Iekhsan Othman
Chemosensitisation Effects and Mechanisms of Action of Curcumin against Selected Chemotherapeutic drugs in Human Cancer Cells.H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
28Assoc Prof Dr Lee Learn Han

Dr Vengadesh Letchumanan
Synthesis and expression of Streptomyces-derived novel anti-MRSA protein for in vitro and in vivo studiesH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%FRGS Grant
29Assoc Prof Dr Lee Learn Han

Dr Vengadesh Letchumanan
Molecular characterization, virulence determinants and antibiotic resistance mediation of Vibrio species: an emerging trend detected in seafoodH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%US-FDA International Collaboration, National Industry Grant
30Assoc Prof Tomoko Soga

Prof Ishwar Parhar
Identification of novel neuronal Factor in the Habenula Neurons during Social Stress

*Please contact the supervisor for more details 
H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
31Assoc Prof Tomoko Soga

Prof
Ishwar Parhar
Serotonergic - Spexin Interactions in Social Hierarchy

*Please contact the supervisor for more details 
H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
32Dr Farooq Shaikh

Dr Saatheyavanee
Embelin-Poloxamer conjugate as a synergistic combination for neurodegenerative diseasesH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
33Dr Farooq Shaikh

Dr. Vinod Balasubramaniam
Role of gut microbiome in epilepsy associated depression.H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
34Main Supervisor: Dr Devi Mohan

Co-Supervisor: Prof Tin Tin Su
Atrial fibrillation and all-cause mortality among community dwelling older adultsH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
35Main Supervisor: 
Dr Devi Mohan

Co-supervisors: Prof Tin Tin Su

Dr Narelle Warren
Structural vulnerability and dementia outcomes in rural MalaysiaH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
36Main Supervisor:
Assoc Prof Arkendu Sen
 
Co-Supervisor:
Assoc Prof Lakshmi Selvaratnam
Design Development and Impact of Augmented and Virtual reality objects for Medical skills learningH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
37Main Supervisor: Prof Tin Tin Su
 
Co-supervisors: Assoc Prof Alexandre Schaefer
 
Dr Min Min Tan
Implementation of a self-help digital mental health intervention (DMHI) to nursesH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
38Dr Vinod Balasubramaniam (Monash)

Prof Wong Kum Thong (UM)

Assoc Prof Ong Kien Chai (UM)

Dr Tan Soon Hao (UM)
Development of an EV-D68 animal modelH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
39Dr Vinod Balasubramaniam

Prof Wong Kum Thong (UM)

Assoc Prof Ong Kien Chai (UM)

Dr. Tan Soon Hao (UM) 

Prof Sharmili (UPM)
Transcriptomics of IPSC derived neuronal cells upon infection with neurotropic virusesH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
40

Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan

Assoc Prof Uma Devi Palanisamy

Dr Badariah Ahmad

Immune modulation mechanisms in healthy human volunteers following influenza vaccination and daily supplementation palm tocotrienol-rich fractionH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
41

Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan

Assoc Prof Uma Devi Palanisamy

Dr Premdass Ramdas (IMU)

A spheroid-based pre-clinical model of human breast cancer: unravelling the effects of tocotrienol isoforms and anti-cancer drugs (e.g. tamoxifen, paclitaxel)H2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%Yes (FRGS by Dr. Premdass)
42

Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan

Assoc Prof Uma Devi Palanisamy

Dr Premdass Ramdas (IMU)

Evaluating Anti-Cancer Effects of Tocotrienols on human cancer cell lines (e.g. colon cancer and pancreatic cancer) and elucidate the mechanisms of Actions: A cell-based and in silico StudyH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
43

Prof Ammu K Radhakrishnan

Dr Saatheeyavaane

Dr Sitti Rahma Abdul Hafid (MPOB)

Evaluating the effects of tocotrienol supplementation in TWIST1/SATB1 knockdown 4T1 murine mammary cancer cells using a cell-based and syngeneic mouse model of breast cancerH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A
44

Main Supervisor: Dr Rachel Ting
Sing Kiat

Associate:
Prof Maude Phipps

Prof Tin Tin Su

Dr Adriana Ortega

Dr Loganathan
Krishnan

Dr Min Min Tan

Orang Asli (Indigenous people in Malaysia) healthcare and well-beingH2A / CGPA> 3 /WAM >70%N/A

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Masters

No.

Supervisor

Tentative Title of Project / Area of Research

Minimum Eligibility for Master Admission

Grant Funded

1

Prof Maude Phipps

Deciphering the Genomics and Adaptation to Dive-Induced Hypoxia in Sea Nomads of South East Asia.

H2B /WAM >65%

FRGS Grant

2 Assoc Prof Shamsul HaqueThe role of laboratory generated schema in the recall of event memories H2B /WAM >65% N/A
3

Prof Iekhsan Othman

Dr Syafiq Asnawi

Proteomic characterization of the venom from Malaysian commonly found jellyfish

<Jellyfish Venom>

H2B /WAM >65%N/A
4Professor Dr Md Ezharul Hoque ChowdhurySilencing expression of growth factor receptors and key enzymes of major energy metabolism pathways in breast cancer cellsH2B /WAM >65%FRGS Grant
5Dr Satoshi Ogawa,

Dr Teo Chuin Hau

Prof Ishwar Parhar
Role of Kiss1 neurons in fear learning H2B /WAM >65%N/A
6Dr Satoshi Ogawa,

Dr Teo Chuin Hau

Prof Ishwar Parhar
Role of habenula Caspr2 in fear learningH2B /WAM >65%N/A
7Dr Satoshi Ogawa,

Dr Teo Chuin Hau

Prof Ishwar Parhar
Machine Learning of Kisspeptin Circadian Rhythmicity in the Zebrafish HabenulaH2B /WAM >65%N/A

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