PhD Scholarship in Cancer Genomics Data Analysis

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PhD Scholarship in Cancer Genomics Data Analysis


Applications are invited for this opportunity to be submitted to the Office of Research. This opportunity will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

This bioinformatics project aspires to develop effective computational framework to identify key regulatory events and druggable genetic mutation using multiple dimensional cancer genomic data.

Project title

Development and application of systems biology approaches for multiple dimensional data integration on cancer genomics data.

Specific aims

To achieve the overall goal, it is necessary to set the following project aims:

  • development of computational strategies to construct a comprehensive gene regulatory network with enriched association signals in gene expression by integrating enhancer expression, DNA methylation, copy number variation, drug response data
  • characterisation of master coding and non-coding regulators in gene regulatory network in key cellular processes of cancer development using integrated pan-cancer genomics data
  • study the conservative genomics features and regulatory networks shared between human cancer and other metazoan species to explore the evolutionary history of cancer genes
  • assembly and modeling of the integrating genomics data to identify druggable genetic mutations and design potential small molecular for treatment

For further information on the project, contact USC Research Fellow Min Zhao via email:


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • hold a Bachelor degree with either First class or 2A Honours in:
    • computer science
    • data science
    • physics
    • biostatistics
    • bioinformatics
    • computational biology
    • mathematics
    • signaling processing
    • quantitative chemistry
    • or an equivalent computational discipline
or have an equivalent level of attainment via previous study, work experience, research publications, and other research experience;
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for
  • some experience in at least one programming language (Perl, Python, Java, or C/C++, R)
  • a good understanding of molecular biology and familiarity with genomics are a plus
Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate achievement; and
  • Research alignment; and
  • Publications; and
  • most recent or relevant degree
Eligible programs:
Number available:
Stipend commensurate with the APA rate, Tuition fee and Overseas Health Cover for the standard duration of the program.
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