Students (Past and Present)

Research Candidates

Masters Program

Both the Master of Research and the Master of Philosophy are taken after graduation. The Masters program replaces the Honours program  in the School of Science. A  Masters Degree is a pre-requisites for enrolling in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Both programs are conducted under expert supervision and students submit a thesis on completion of their research studies.

  • The Master of Research aims to deliver an in-depth research training experience while combining specialist disciplinary knowledge, an advanced understanding of research methodologies, with a year of independent research conducted under expert supervision. The program is suited to students who have no research training or experience.
  • The Master of Philosophy aims to provide an opportunity for students to develop their potential for research, enhance their skills of
    problem identification and specification, and their ability to develop and present solutions. The program is suited to students who have had some research training and experience.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree aims to provide training and education for students, objectively producing graduates with The award of a PhD is recognition of successful research experience of international standard in the discipline.

Students who complete a PhD should be commended for their resilience and endurance as enrolling in a PhD can be both financially draining and incredibly challenging. It requires discipline, strength and hard work for at least 3 years (FT) and it is helpful to have a deep and abiding interest in the area you are intending to research along with a good operational relationship with your supervisor/s. There are good reasons and there are pitfalls to enrolling in a PhD and these should be explored before enrolment.

The Masters and PhD students listed below are current candidates in the Nanoscale Research Group and their primary supervisors are;

α - Professor William S. Priceβ - Professor Janice Aldrich-Wrightλ - Dr Gang Zheng

Current Masters Students

Ms. Kaitlin Jones α 2019 - Probing the Molecular Dynamics of Azeotropes Using Magnetic Resonance
Miss Elise Randall λ 2019 - An Exploratory Metabolomic Analysis of Dealcoholised Wine Through 1H NMR, ICPMS and Chemometrics
Ms Fatin Rashid β 2019 - Synthesis and Characterisation of Novel Multi-Action Platinum (IV) Complexes
Ms Sneha Rabadiaβ2020 - 
Ms Jelena Sivcevic α 2020 - Development and Characterisation of Safe, Efficient and Target-Specific MRI Contrast Agents
Mrs Vardieh Timorshahi α 2019 -Mathematical Modelling  for Macromolecular Aggregation
Mrs Valeria Zakβ2020 -

Current PhD Candidates

Ms Angelico Aputenβ2020 - 2024Developing targeting platinum (IV) prodrugs
Ms Alexadra Bjelosevic β 2014 - 2020Submitted -  The Synthesis, Characterisation, and Biological Properties of Tetradentate Ligands and Their Ruthenium(II) Complexes
Mr Johnny Chen λ 2016 - 2020 Development of new radio-frequency pulse sequences for chemical exchange saturation transfer magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Mr Krishant Moneesh Deo β 2015 - 2020 Submitted - Design and Development of Unconventional Platinum (IV) Prodrugs as Potent Anticancer Agents
Ms Aleen Khoury β 2018 - 2022The synthesis, characterisation and biological activity of unconventional platinum complexes with potential anticancer activity
Ms Brondwyn McGhie β 2020 - 2024By what mechanism of action do polypyridyl platinum complexes kill cancer cells, and how can they be further modified to improve their suitability as cancer therapy agents?
Mr Anthony Lee α 2019 - 2023 Understanding ion translational dynamics in conducting electrolytes
Mr Behrouz Rasuli α 2019 - 2023 MRI base electron density mapping for radiotherapy treatment planning
Mr Lawson Spare β 2015Developing total flow synthetic protocols to produce [18F]-fluorine labelled pharmaceuticals and biological probes
   # - Co-supervised

Past Successful Candidates - Prof. William S. Price

Mr Benjamin Moroney2
2012 - 2019 Dr Reika Masuda

NMR Signal Processing (Honours, Class 1)

Beyond the Noise - High Fidelity MR Signal Processing (PhD)

2014 - 2019

Dr Dj Nadeeja Wijesekera

Understanding the molecular basis of azeotropes and surfactant of free microemulsions by diffusion NMR (Honours, Class 1)

Evaluation of Hypoxia using MRI (PhD)

2009 - 2017Mr Benjamin Moroney

Restricted Diffusion in polydisperse media (Honours)

Advanced numerical modelling of NMR diffusion experiments (Masters)

2011 - 2016Dr James Stranger

NMR Studies of Molecular Dynamics in Ionic Liquids (Honours, Class1)

Characterisation of Liquid Electrolytes using Advanced Magnetic Resonance Techniques (PhD)

2012 - 2016Dr Mikhail ZubkovDevelopment of advanced MRI techniques for clinical imaging (PhD)
2011 - 2016Dr Abhishek Gupta

NMR studies of novel supramolecular paramagnetic metal ions as highly sensitive contrast agents for MRI (Honours, Class 1)

Development of Advanced MRI Contrast Agents (PhD)

2009 - 2016Dr Ryan Dean

Diffusion tensor imaging study of berry split (Honours, Class 1)

Development of Dynamic MRI Contrasts and their Application to Biological Imaging / The analysis and application of dynamic MRI contrasts to Grape Berry Biology (PhD)

2011 - 2015Dr Batchimeg GanboldNMR of Ion Dynamics in Solution (including ionic liquids and salt-polymer electrolytes (PhD)
2010 - 2015Dr Amninder Virk

(Honours, Class 1)

Experimental and Theoretical Modelling of Diffusion in Biological Milieu (PhD)

2009 - 2015Dr Dale Codling

NMR and MRI Studies of Restricted Diffusion (Honours)

Probing mixed solution systems using NMR diffusion studies (PhD)

2009 - 2013Dr Scott Willis

The effects of polydispersity on self-diffusion in linear and star polymer systems studied with NMR diffusion (Honours, Class 1)

Development of Brownian Ratchets for Solution Phase Chemical Separation (PhD)

2005- 2009Dr Nirbhay Yadav

Quantification of trace metals in an aabsorbent using proton induced X-ray emission (Honours, Class 1)

Probing Porous Systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Diffusometry (PhD)

2005 - 2008Dr Gang ZhengDevelopment and Application (Bio Gradient-based) NMR Diffusion Experiments.

Past Successful Candidates - Prof. Janice Aldrich-Wright

2018-2019Ms Rachel DayDesigning multi-action Platinum (IV) derivatives for cancer therapy (Masters)
2013-2019Dr Dale AngBiophysical and computational studies of biomacromolecular systems
2014-2019 Dr Li Li DNA recognition and drug delivery using metallo-supramolecular assemblies
2013-2018 Dr Alison Maniego # pH-Responsive smart polymers for anticancer drug delivery and targeting
2013-2018 Dr Benjamin Pages Novel Synthesis and DNA binding analysis of metallodrugs
2013-2017 Dr Neville Ng Some studies of the molecular and cellular interaction of metallointercalators for potential application
 2009-2013 Dr Benjamin Garbutcheon-Singh The investigation of improved intercalators
2009-2013 Dr Ben Johnson # The interaction of cisplatin and novel drug analogues with DNA
 2009-2013 Dr Mark Burgess # Characterisation of the interactions and biological impacts of cisplatin analogues and metallo-drug complexes with DNA
2009-2013 Dr Benjamin Harper The design and biological Interactions of terpyridineplatinum(II) bisintercalators as potential anticancer compounds
2007-2014 Dr Anwen Krause-Heuer Molecular interactions of platinum(II) anticancer agents
2007-2012 Dr Maxine Grant Cyclodextrins as drug delivery carriers and solubilising anticancer agents
2007-2012 Dr Nikita Orkey Seeking selective DNA binding through synergistic design of ruthenium(II) complexes
2005-2012 Dr Shaoyu Wang # Structure-activity screening of platinum intercalators and molecular mechanisms for the cytotoxicity of 56MESS - [Pt(5,6-Dimethyl-Phen)(1S,2S-DACH)]2+
2005-2012 Dr Sharon Kemp Encapsulation of platinum-based metallointelcalators by cocurbit(n)ural: A new generation of anticancer drugs
2004-2008 Dr Robin Taleb Preparation, optimisation and characterisation of sequence selective compounds
2003-2008 Dr Warren Howard Synthesis and characterisation of platinum(II) and ruthenium(II) polyamide conjugates
2003-2008 Dr Marc van Holst The development of dinuclear ruthenium complexes as probes
2002-2006 Dr Craig Brodie Multinuclear DNA binding ruthenium complexes
2002-2006 Dr David Jaramillo The design and synthesis of sequence selective complexes
 2001-2005 Dr Dianne Fisher # The preparation of platinum(II) intercalators and their interactions with DNA
2000-2005 Dr Francis Hinds # The study of novel bismuth antimicrobials and their mechanism of action on Helicobacter pylori
1999-2008 Dr Paul Pellegrini (PT) Developing effective sequence selective binders
1995-1999 Dr Ivan Greguric Molecular recognition of DNA by metal complexes
 #Co-Supervisor(PT) Part time