Elite Research Scholarships

Development of a preclinical diagnostic test for Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease

Development of a preclinical diagnostic test for Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial endemic to the island state of Tasmania, and is found all over the state. Over the past decade, a dramatic decline has occurred in the Devil population in association with the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). The aim of this project is to investigate, without bias or limitation, the possibility that there is a detectable change in the blood metabolite or protein profile that is linked to the development of DFTD. This will lead to a rapid and reliable preclinical diagnostic test needing only a small blood sample, and assist in developing management strategies to ensure the ongoing survival of the Tasmanian Devil.

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is the largest conservation program currently under way in Australia, and its research and management programs are significant world-class collaborations between the Tasmanian Government, the University of Tasmania and other leading research institutions.

Project grants and scholarships are funded from donations received through the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal via the Tasmanian Devil Research Advisory Committee, to support research and management programs that meet the key priority areas of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.

The Tasmanian Devil Elite Research Scholarship This scholarship may be awarded to top up an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) level or equivalent award to the value of $7,500 per annum for up to 3½ years with an additional discretionary contribution towards research costs.

Application Process:

Applications for the Tasmanian Devil Elite Research Scholarship must be completed by following the links and applications procedures provided at ‘Grant and Scholarships’ at www.tassiedevil.com.au

Applicants are also required to complete the Application for Admission and Scholarship for Higher Degree Research Candidature (How to Apply) and indicate in Section 9 Scholarship Support, that you wish to be considered for Tasmanian Devil Elite Research Scholarship.

More Information: http://www.utas.edu.au/foundation/devil.htm#abouttheappeal
Contact: Professor Emily Hilder
Phone: +61 3 6226 7670


Contact: Dr Michael Breadmore
Phone: +61 3 6226 2154


Contact: Dr Robert Shellie
Phone: +61 3 6226 7656