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Summer Studentships at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

What is a summer studentship?

A summer studentship is the opportunity to do a 10 week research project under the guidance of one of the supervisors at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology over the summer period. To be eligible you should be either a 3rd or 4th year BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc or BBiomedSci student and are thinking of a career in research.

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Are there scholarships for summer studentships?

There are tax free scholarships available for Summer Studentships.

What is the Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship?

Applications are invited from undergraduate students for a 10-week summer research project in the subject of Pharmacology. This prestigious summer studentship is funded through the generosity of Emeritus Professor Fred Fastier, who taught pharmacology at Otago between 1949 and 1980.

The Fastier Summer Student Research Fund information sheet (PDF)

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What have previous Summer Students done?

2017/2018 Summer Studentships

Jessie King

  • Title: Investigating the differential effects of curcumin and its analogues, RL66 and RL77, on the Keap-1/Nrf-2 pathway in triple negative breast cancer.
  • Supervisor: Professor Rhonda Rosengren
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship

Sergio Castro

  • Title: Sound-evoked long term potentiation in rats, investigating the role of neuroplasticity in the inferior colliculus.
  • Supervisor: Dr Yiwen Zheng
  • Beswick Student Research Scholarship

2016/2017 Summer Studentships

Abigail Bland

  • Title: The cytotoxic effect of second generation curcumin derivatives on a canine soft tissue sarcoma primary cell line.
  • Supervisor: Professor Rhonda Rosengren
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship

Adam Chau

  • Title: The cytotoxicity of curcumin derivatives on ALK+ lung cancer cells.
  • Supervisor: Professor Rhonda Rosengren
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship

Huey Tieng Tan

  • Title: Neurochemical changes in the central auditory and non-auditory structures of rats following tinnitus-inducing acoutstic trauma.
  • Supervisor: Dr Yiwen Zheng
  • Beswick Student Research Scholarship

2015/2016 Summer Studentships

Shivam Kalhan

  • Title: Neurotransmitter changes in the auditory system of rats subjected to tinnitus.
  • Supervisor: Dr Yiwen Zheng
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship

Sandra Parker

  • Title: Electrophysiological assessment of silver nanoparticle toxicity in an in vitro rat hippocampal slice preparation.
  • Supervisor: Associate Professor Steve Kerr
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship

Jakeb Petersen

  • Title: Anticancer Effects of Substituted 4-Phenylthiazoles.
  • Supervisor: Dr Sarah Baird
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship

2014/2015 Summer Studentships

Georgia Ramsden

  • Title: The angiogenin enigma: mesenchymal stem cell secretion of angiogenin and its effect on cancer cell migration and invasion.

  • Supervisor: Dr Sarah Baird

  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentship

Shayma Ali

  • Title: The Early Effects of Acoustic Trauma on KCNQ2 Expression in the Brain Auditory Pathways.

  • Supervisor: Prof Paul Smith and Dr Yiwen Zheng

  • Beswick Student Research Scholarship

Christabel Wilson

  • Title: Synergism of Crizotinib and Pemetrexed in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

  • Supervisor: Dr John Ashton

  • Health Sciences Summer Research Scholarship - OSMS

Susan Xian

  • Title: The use of styrene maleic acid WIN55,312-2 micelles for the treatment of breast cancer.

  • Supervisor: Dr Khaled Greish

  • Health Sciences Summer Research Scholarship - OSMS

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2013/2014 Summer Studentships

Stefanie Dixon

  • Title: Glutamic acid decarboxylase levels in the cochlear nucleus of rats with acoustic trauma-induced tinnitus
  • Supervisor(s): Professor Paul Smith and Dr Yiwen Zheng
  • Scholarship: Eunice Isobel Beswick Summer Research Scholarship

Sam Betty

  • Title: Prophylactic administration of a carbon monoxide donor in a renal transplant perfusion model
  • Supervisor: Dr Ivan Sammut
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentships

Danyon Graham

  • Title: Investigation of JC1/tDodSNO combination as a potential cancer therapeutic
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Greg Giles
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentships

Samantha McNeil

  • Title: The role of Jun N-Terminal Kinases in the cyototoxic effect elicited by tert-Dodecane S-Nitrosothiol
  • Supervisor(s): Dr Greg Giles
  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentships

Monica Archibald 

Paul Hsu

Chloe Squires

Mai Nguygen 

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2012/2013 Summer Studentships

Tina Chien

  • Title: Is acoustic trauma-induced tinnitus associated with an increased hypocretin expression in the brain?

  • Supervisor(s): Dr Yiwen Zheng

  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentships

Jessica Macindoe

  • In vitro preconditioning of hippocampal slices with GYKI-52466

  • Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Steve Kerr

  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentships

Emily McNamara

Rebecca Millen

Hayley Nehoff

  • Title: The use of folate targeted zinc protoporphyrin micelles for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme

  • Supervisor(s): Dr Khaled Greish

  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentships

Emily Shearer

  • Title: Therapeutic application of antioxidants to reduce nitric oxide induced toxicity in ischemic stroke

  • Supervisor(s): Dr Greg Giles and Associate Professor Steve Kerr

  • Scholarship: Fastier Prestigious Summer Studentships

Thalita van Aswegan

Ana Vulinovich

  • Title: GABAB receptor expression in the cochlear nucleus following acoustic trauma

  • Supervisor(s): Professor Paul Smith

Scholarship: Otago Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) Scholarships

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2011/2012 Summer Studentships

 Jasper Diong

Oliver Linsell

  • Title: Cyclodextrins affect of spacial memory and learning

  • Supervisor(s): Dr John Ashton

  • Scholarship: Fred Fastier Summer Studentships

Michael Milne

Chloe Squires

2010/2011 Summer Studentships

Felix Deuss

  • Title: UV-Sensitive, KDEL-Conjugated S-Nitrosothiols as Anti-Cancer Agents

  • Supervisor(s): Dr Greg Giles

Julian Dzeyk

  • Title: Establishing anti-cancer activity and toxicity of novel curcumin analogs in animal models of estrogen receptor negative breast cancer

  • Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Rhonda Rosengren

Jeong Hoon Ha

  • Title: Development of an in vitro assay of Na+/K+ ATPase activity for determination of mechanisms underlying pharmacological preconditioning

  • Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Steve Kerr

Lara Jupp

  • Title: Structure-activity relationship studies to determine the efficacy of organoselenium drugs as potential lipoxygenase inhibitors

  • Supervisor(s): Dr Greg Giles

Albert Laurence

  • Photoactivated nitric oxide donors: the kinetic characterisation of nitric oxide

  • Supervisor(s): Dr Greg Giles

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