Direct Entry PhD Scholarships 2020 @ Macquarie University, Australia


The Macquarie University, Australia, invites applications for scholarship to MRes and PhD programmes.

One of the ultimate goals of neuroscience is to link genes to anatomy and behaviour. This Project aims to understand how the left and right sides of the brain become specialised for different cognitive functions—a phenomenon called lateralisation. Lateralisation in humans is manifested as preferential use of the left or right hand for manual tasks and brain hemispheric specialisations for language. In other animals, lateralisation is evident in other behaviours such as preferential use of the left or right eyes for viewing prey, mates or predators. The Project is funded by the Australian Research Council and the work will be conducted primarily at Macquarie University (Sydney), but with opportunities to work with collaborators at the University of Queensland (Brisbane). Using a chicken model of brain lateralisation, you will quantify patterns of differential gene expression that give rise to anatomical and functional asymmetries during development and localise changes in gene expression to specific brain areas and circuits. The successful applicant will conduct gene expression microarray/RNAseq analysis, in situ hybridisation and immunohistochemistry experiments, and potentially behavioural testing of birds.

Scholarship award:

$28,092 per annum


1 year

Important Dates

The last date for application – 31st August, 2020.


This scholarship is available to eligible domestic or international candidates to undertake an MRes Year 2 (1 year) + PhD (3 years) program or direct entry PhD (3 years)

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online mode only

Last Date

The last date for application is 31st August, 2020.

Contact Details

Name: Assoc Prof Nathan Hart
Phone: 02 9850 6952

For any further details, the applying candidates can refer to official notification using the following link

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