Pulmonary needle free vaccination against infectious disease

Many of the key diseases of the human lung which are difficult to treat (e.g. influenza, tuberculosis) could be cured by efficient delivery systems for vaccine and/or drug therapy. Federation University Australia, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, and the MicroNano Medical Research Centre at RMIT have developed a novel needle free deep lung delivery system for clinically relevant models. These projects will determine the therapeutic and anti-inflammatory delivery properties of a number of novel vaccines and drugs, and associated clinically relevant biomarkers against viral and bacterial infections effecting humans. The successful PhD candidate will work with internationally recognised institutions and spend time based at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza and the MicroNano Medical Research Centre at RMIT in Melbourne.

Supervision: Assoc Prof David Piedrafita (Principal), Assoc Prof Stuart Berzins (Associate), Aeron Hurt (Melbourne University) and Prof Leslie Yeo (RMIT).

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