Regulating genome editing

Closing Date

1st October 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Today's biomedical research and clinical environments are fast-paced and ever-evolving. New technologies are transforming the way we perceive personalised health care. For instance, genome editing technology permits accurate modification of DNA, that may in some cases be entirely personalised. Regulatory responses to these new technologies are often slow and ad hoc. Regulating for safety, efficacy, utility, affordability and access in the face of rapid technological change presents great challenges. The presence of intellectual property rights over relevant products and processes complicates matters further. This PhD scholarship presents an opportunity to examine these issues.

The successful applicant will undertake research focusing on the regulatory environment in respect of genome editing. There are a number of lenses through which PhD study can be undertaken, including regulatory theory, legal doctrine, socio-legal analysis, bioethics, patent landscaping and legal policy. Although it is not necessary to have studied biomedicine, individuals with a scientific background are particularly encouraged to apply.


Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Bachelor of Laws or equivalent

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Dianne Nicol for further information.