Postgraduate Research Training

If you are interested in undertaking postgraduate studies with the Centre, complete the following steps to make an application:  

1. Review our current research projects.

2. Find a supervisor. You are strongly encouraged to find a supervisor and discuss your research interests.

3. Apply for a Higher Degree Research (HDR) program.

For further information about postgraduate research at UNSW including Scholarships and requirements please go to the Graduate Research School.

For further information about the Centre, contact Dr Alys Havard (HDR mentor) on 9385 0646 or email:


Current PhD Students

Name: Damian Kotevski
Topic: Using machine learning to understand and improve care and outcomes for head and neck cancer patients
Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Robert Smee, A/Prof Claire Vajdic (joint supervisors)
Co-Supervisor: Dr Matthew Field

Name: Elena Keller
Topic: Using behavioural economics to inform decision making in fertility treatment
Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Georgina Chambers
Co-Supervisor: Prof Andreas Ortmann, Prof Louisa Jorm

Name: Elizabeth Nguyen
Topic: Cancer prevention, risk, care pathways, and outcomes in people with and without intellectual disability
Primary Supervisor(s): A/Prof Claire Vajdic, Prof Julian Trollor
Co-Supervisor: A/Prof Simone Reppermund

Name: Elliot (Jie) Zhu
Topic: Enabling Personalised Cohort Studies from Large Repositories of Clinical Practice Data
Primary Supervisor(s): A/Prof Blanca Gallego Luxan

Name: Heidi Welberry
Topic: Using big data to understand health care trajectories for older Australians at risk of dementia
Primary Supervisor: Prof Louisa Jorm
Co-Supervisor(s): Scientia Prof Henry Brodaty, Dr Benjumin Hsu, Dr Sebastiano Barbieri

Name: James Kemp
Topic: Deep learning to detect anomalies in big datasets
Primary Supervisor: Prof Louisa Jorm
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Sebastiano Barbieri, Laura Sham (DoH), Norm Good (CSIRO)

Name: Jared Brown
Topic: Using big data to evaluate pharmaceutical policy interventions
Primary Supervisor: Prof Sallie Pearson
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Helga Zoega, Dr Andrea Schaffer, Prof Nicholas Buckley

Name: Mei Lin Lee
Topic: The utilisation of Smoking Cessation Pharmacotherapies in pregnant smokers
Primary Supervisor: Dr Alys Havard
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Duong Tran & Prof Alec Welsh

Name: Leibo Liu
Topic: Extracting value from unstructured health data
Primary Supervisor: Prof Louisa Jorm, Dr Oscar Perez Concha
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Anthony Nguyen, Vicki Bennett

Name: Michael Peter Hennessy
Topic: Cataract Surgery in NSW and relationship to health status
Primary Supervisor: Prof Louisa Jorm
Co-Supervisor(s): Prof Minas Coroneo, Dr Sieu Khuu, Dr Ian Harris, Dr Lisa Keay

Name: Michael Odutola
Topic: Lifestyle, occupational and genetic risk factors for follicular lymphoma in Australia
Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Claire Vajdic
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr. Marina van Leeuwen

Name: Monica Tang
Topic: Assessing and Optimising Anti-Cancer Drug Utilisation
Primary Supervisor: Prof Sallie-Anne Pearson
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Andrea Schaffer, Prof John Simes, Chee Lee

Name: Oisin Fitzgerald
Topic: Patient phenotyping to support new care pathways
Primary Supervisor: Prof Louisa Jorm
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Oscar Perez Concha, Lachlan Rudd (eHealth NSW), Dr Alejandro Metke Jimenez (CSIRO)

Name: Oluwadamisola Sotade
Topic: Using machine learning algorithms to predict the surgical outcomes of Australians with multimorbidity
Primary Supervisor: Prof Louisa Jorm
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Peter Straka and Prof Sallie Pearson

Name: Peiwen Liao
Topic: Health profiles and health service use in people with intellectual disability
Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Simone Reppermund and A/Prof Claire Vajdic
Co-Supervisor(s): Prof Julian Trollor

Name: Sanja Lujic
Topic: Comborbidity and Multiborbidity in New South Wales: Prevalence, Trajectories and Implications for Healthcare Utilization and Costs
Primary Supervisor: Prof Louisa Jorm
Co-Supervisor(s): Prof Judy Simpson

Name: Stella Settumba Nalukwago
Topic: Economic Evaluation of Offender health programs
Primary Supervisor: Prof Tony Butler (Kirby)
Co-Supervisor(s): A/Prof Georgina Chambers (CBDRH), Dr Marian Shanahan (NDARC)

Name: Smriti Raichand
Topic: Antidepressants use during pregnancy and their effects on mother and child
Primary Supervisor: Dr Alys Havard
Co-Supervisor(s): Prof Sallie Pearson, Prof Nick Buckley

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