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Student research project

Supervisors: Professor Peter Meikle and Dr Corey Giles

A new frontier in healthcare

The era of one-size-fits-all medicine is giving way to a more tailored approach, where treatments and interventions are precisely tailored to the individual's unique genetic and metabolic makeup. This paradigm shift heralds a new era in combating cardiometabolic diseases, encompassing a spectrum of conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes (T2D), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and chronic kidney disease.

Innovative approach for personalised solutions

The Metabolomics laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is at the forefront of this transformative shift towards precision/personalized medicine. By harnessing the power of advanced lipidomic profiling — capable of measuring over 800 lipid species from a mere droplet of blood – we're pioneering the use of lipidomic signatures to uncover an individual’s susceptibility to disease onset and progression. Our mission is to harness the power of lipidomics to usher in a new era of precision medicine, where diagnosis and treatment are as unique as the patients themselves.

Research objective

  1. Advanced lipidomic profiling
    Perform cutting-edge analysis of lipid profiles from human samples to illuminate the lipidomic landscape of cardiometabolic diseases.
  2. Biomarker discovery for personalised medicine
    Identify and validate a spectrum of lipid biomarkers that pave the way for customised risk assessment and therapeutic strategies.
  3. Development of predictive models
    Craft predictive models that leverage lipidomic insights to forecast disease risk and progression, enabling proactive and personalised healthcare interventions.

Your role and opportunities

: In this groundbreaking project, you will be instrumental in driving forward the science of precision medicine through the lens of lipidomics. Your work will focus on identifying and validating novel lipid biomarkers. This crucial step is the backbone of personalized medicine, enabling the development of tailored diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. You will learn to navigate the complexities of biomarker research, from discovery through to validation. This involves applying bioinformatics and statistical analysis to translate raw data into actionable insights, a skill highly valued in both academic and industry settings.

Why this project?

  • Pioneering role in precision medicine
    Be at the forefront of a paradigm shift towards personalised care in cardiometabolic health.
  • Direct impact
    Your work will directly contribute to identifying new preventative and therapeutic avenues for cardiometabolic diseases.
  • Collaborative excellence
    Join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team at a world-class institution, with access to a broad network of national and international collaborators.

Ideal candidate

We are looking for passionate, driven individuals who are eager to make a difference in the field of precision medicine. The ideal candidate will possess a keen analytical mind, capable of complex problem-solving and data analysis; excellent communication skills, with the ability to work effectively in a collaborative research environment; a commitment to advancing personalized healthcare through innovative research.


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