Research training

By collaborating with universities, research institutes and hospitals, our senior researchers supervise students undertaking original research. There aren't many things we love more than hearing their fresh ideas!

2019-2020 projects

Students who are supported by scholarships are shown with an asterisk, and Lifeblood supervisors are shown in bold.

Student name Project title Degree Institution Supervisors
Faheed Alkhureeb Coursework Masters Research Placement  Master of Science  Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  Dr John Paul Tung, Prof Robert Flower 
Timothy An* Occult Hepatitis C Infection: Is There a Risk to Transfusion Safety?  MPhil  University of Queensland  Prof Robert Flower, Dr Helen Faddy, Dr Melinda Dean
Isabella Baines (completed) Their lives in your veins: How the use of affect and memory could bolster the loyalty of blood donors BPschSchi (Honours) The University of Queensland Prof Barbara Masser 
Joshua Bates* (completed) A comparison of cell-free DNA extraction kits as suitable pre-analytical methods for non-invasive prenatal blood group genotyping  Vacation Research Student Undergraduate  Queensland University of Technology  Helen O'Brien, Prof Catherine Hyland, Prof Robert Flower Christine Knauth 
Jason Bouwmeester  Ethnic diversity and English speaking Western Countries’ blood services  Bachelor of Arts  Bachelor of Arts Swinburne University of Technology  Dr Luke Gahan, Dr Aisling Bailey 
Liam Byrne  Fluid resuscitation during sepsis: Effects upon the microcirculation  PhD  Australian National University  Dr John Paul Tung, Prof John Fraser, Prof Frank van Haren 
Chiara Carnaveli*  Arbovirus transmission and Climate Change  Global Change Scholar Program  University of Queensland  Dr Elvina Viennet 
Cassandra Chapman*  Toward a Triadic Understanding of Charitable Giving: How Donors, Beneficiaries, Fundraisers, and Social Contexts Influence Donation Decisions  PhD  The University of Queensland  Prof Winnifred Louis, Prof Barbara Masser 
Anne-Marie Christensen  Extracellular traps and TRALI: more than just neutrophils  PhD  Queensland University of Technology  Prof Robert Flower, Dr Melinda Dean, Dr John Paul Tung, Prof Damien Harkin 
Roberta Dumbrava  Serum Eye Drop Manufacture and Usage in Australia  Doctor of Medicine  University of Western Australia  Dr Joanne Tan, Dr Peter Bentley 
Jared Edgeworth  Responding to Crisis: How did the impact on blood donations in Australia during the Natural Disasters of 2019 differ from Covid-19 Pandemic?  Placement  Queensland University of Technology  Dr Elvina Viennet, Dr Eileen Roulis, Prof Robert Flower 
Abby Edwards (completed) The role of emotions in the impact of voluntary reciprocal altruism and the question-behaviour effect on blood donation willingness and behaviour.  BPsychSci (Honours)  University of Queensland  Prof Barbara Masser  
Serena Ekman*  Applying biotechnology to improve management of alloimmunisation to red cell antigens  PhD  University of Queensland  Prof Catherine Hyland, Prof Robert Flower, Dr Xuan Bui, Dr Martina Jones, Dr Stephen Mahler 
Nadeeshani Maheshika Geekiyanage* (completed)  Numerical investigation of recoverability of morphological and deformability changes of stored red blood cells.  PhD  Queensland University of Technology PhD   Prof YuanTong Gu, Prof Robert Flower, Dr Emilie Sauret, and Dr Suvash Saha 
Wilbert Gonzales  Techniques for noninvasive glucose monitoring and blood cell counting  PhD  University of Queensland - Electromagnetic Innovations Group, School of IT & Electrical Engineering  Prof Amin Abbosh, Dr Ahmed Toaha Mobashsher, Dr Xuan Bui, Prof Robert Flower 
Sarah Green (nee Raynel)*  Characterisation of biological response modifiers (BRMs) in transfusible platelet products  PhD University of Technology Sydney  Dr Lacey Johnson, Dr Matthew Padula 
Ji Hui Hwang*  Investigating the role of extracellular vesicles in blood components and their impact on coagulation  PhD Queensland University of Technology   Dr John Paul Tung, Prof Robert Flower, Dr Natalie Pechiniuk, Prof Damien Harkin 
Sudhir Jadhao*  Integrated bioinformatics solution to improve compatibility testing for blood transfusion   PhD Queensland University of Technology, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and School of Biomedical Sciences (IHBI)  Dr Shivashankar H Nagaraj A/Prof Catherine Hyland, Prof Robert Flower, Dr Elizna Schoeman, Dr Eileen Roulis 
Yu Ji*  Determine the clinical significance of Red Cell Antibodies  PhD  Queensland University of Technology  Prof YuanTong Gu, Dr Emilie Sauret, Dr Suvash Saha, Dr Melinda Dean, Prof Robert Flower 
Michael Lam*  The Effectiveness of Combining Warm Glow and Altruistic Appeals in Retaining First Time Blood Donors  PhD  The University of Queensland  Prof Barbara Masser
Pearl Lei* (completed) Does blood donation frequency influence the release of biological response modifiers from donated red cells during storage?  Summer Research Scholarship  University of Sydney  Dr Joanne Tan, Dr Denese Marks 
Symsia Long  Investigation of unresolved weak D phenotypes in the donor population  Honours  University of Sunshine Coast  Prof Catherine Hyland, Prof Robert Flower, Dr Melinda Dean, Dr Helen Faddy 
Eunike McGowan*  Applying biotechnology to improve management of alloimmunisation to red cell antigens  PhD  University of Queensland  Prof Robert Flower, Prof Catherine Hyland, Dr Xuan Bui, Dr Martina Jones, Dr Stephen Mahler 
Elissa Millford  Effects of commonly used and emerging resuscitation fluids on end organ function in severe trauma  PhD  University of Queensland  Dr John Paul Tung, Prof Michael Reade 
Maree Perry*  Blood: Thoughts, feelings or beliefs Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples have about blood, blood donation or blood transfusion.  PhD  Queensland University of Technology  A/Prof Debbie Duthie, Prof Katherine White, Prof Robert Flower and Prof Catherine Hyland. 
Hien Phan*  Genomic approaches for investigating viral infections in blood donors  PhD Queensland University of Technology  Prof Kirsten Spann, Prof Robert Flower, Dr Helen Faddy, Dr Eileen Roulis
Agus Priyono (completed) Age at the time of first blood donation and future donation pattern of blood donors in Australia  Master of Public Health (HDR)  Macquarie University  Dr Surendra Karki, Dr Amalie Dyda 
Wei Qian*  Comparison of epidemiological models for predicting Ross River virus disease in Queensland, Australia  PhD  University of Queensland  Dr Elvina Viennet, A/Prof David Harley, A/Prof Katie Glass 
Filip Radenkovic*  Development of Antibodies against Human Neutrophil Antigens (HNA)  PhD  University of Queensland - AIBN  Dr John Paul Tung, Prof Robert Flower, Dr Xuan Bui, Dr Martina Jones, Dr Stephen Mahler 
Md Morshadur Rahman*  Healthy Donor Effect- improving analytical methods  PhD  University of Technology Sydney  Dr Surendra Karki, Prof Andrew Hayen 
Lanny Ramadi (withdrawn) Towards improved transfusion practice for patients with chronic transfusion requirements in Australia: Genotyping and Allele Matching  PhD  Queensland University of Technology  Prof Louise Hafner, Dr Eileen Roulis, Dr Elizna Schoeman, Prof Robert Flower, A/Prof Catherine Hyland 
Laura Rey Gomez (completed) The role of glycans in clearance of platelet microparticles.  Honours  University of Sydney  Dr Dianne van der Wal, A/Prof Denese Marks 
Katelyn Richards*  An analysis of systems that modify RBC antigens and their role in RBC maturation, lifespan and disease resistance.  PhD  University of Queensland, AIBN  Prof Robert Flower, Dr Melinda Dean, Dr Xuan Bui, Prof Steven Mahler, A/Prof Benjamin Schulz, Dr Cassandra Pegg 
Michelle Roets*  Intraoperative cell salvage as an alternative to allogeneic (donated) blood transfusion: An evaluation of the immune response profile  PhD  University of Queensland  Dr Melinda Dean, A prof David Sturgess, A/Prof Louisa Gordon, A/Prof Kerstin Wyssusek, Prof Andre Van Zundert 
Gabriella Simonova* (completed) Developing laboratory models to help translate findings from the sheep model to the clinical setting  PhD  University of Queensland  Prof Robert Flower, Dr Melinda Dean, Dr John Paul Tung, Prof Michael Reade
Sandra Sowah*  Identifying novel red blood cell targets as a basis for development of biopharmaceuticals for treatment of infectious diseases  PhD  University of Queensland, AIBN  Prof Robert Flower, Dr Melinda Dean, Dr Xuan Bui, Prof Steven Mahler, Dr Martina Jones 
Amanda Thijsen  Strengthening the use of research in blood donor management  PhD  The University of Sydney  Prof Barbara Masser, A./Prof Tanya Davison, Dr Anna Williamson 
Laura Thomas  Characteristics of donors to Lifeblood Milk  M.Epi  University of Melbourne  Dr Laura Klein, Dr Surendra Karki, Prof Dallas English 
Lauren Waters*  Investigating novel ways to improve the safety and quality of cryopreserved platelet components  PhD  University of Technology Sydney  Dr Lacey Johnson, Dr Matthew Padula 
Timothy White  Estimation of the epidemic potential of chikungunya virus in Australia  Master’s degree  Queensland University of Technology, School of Biomedical Sciences  Dr Elvina Viennet, Dr Francesca Frentiu 
Ben Wood*  Examination of the impact of refrigeration and cryopreservation on the non-haemostatic functions of stored platelets  PhD  University of Technology Sydney  Dr Lacey Johnson, Dr Matthew Padula 

 

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