Integrative omics of CVD following preeclampsia

Shared risk of cardiovascular disease following preeclampsia using genomics and metabolmics

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Closing date

7 March 2022



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About the research project

Women who suffer from the hypertensive disorder preeclampsia during pregnancy have been shown to have an increased risk for the subsequent development of cardiovascular disease. The physiological demands of pregnancy offer an early window to the underlying risk of cardiovascular disease in women, as both conditions impact on similar metabolic pathways. This project leverages internationally recognized Australian genomic resources on preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease and will integrate these with high-dimensional metabolomics and lipidomics data. Advanced analytical methods will be utilized to identify potential biomarkers associated shared with preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease. The candidate can expect to gain skills in health data science and integrative omic analysis. This project can be tailored to suit the interests of the students with an interest in health data science or genomics.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Phillip Melton


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Phillip Melton, to discuss your suitability and the projects requirements; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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