The Dean’s Award for Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses gives formal recognition to outstanding PhD and MPhil graduates who have been commended by their thesis examiners.

All examiners are given the opportunity to nominate a candidate for the Dean’s award if they feel the standard of the thesis is exceptional and makes an outstanding contribution to the field of research.


Name Thesis topic Enrolling unit
Dr Chari Larsson Didi-Huberman's Ghosts School of Communication & Arts
Dr Mark Bettington A clinicopathological and molecular categorisation of serrated colorectal polyps School of Medicine
Dr Rowena Grant-Frost Close Observations: Film Style and Interpretation in Surveillance Cinema School of Communication & Arts
Dr Nicholas Lord The Labyrinth and the Lacuna: Towards a Spatial Poetics of Metafiction School of Communicaton & Arts
Dr Rebecca Rockett Characterising the Pathogenesis and Biology of Newly Described Human Polyomaviruses School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences
Dr Andrew Martin Characterizing copy number variants in schizophrenia: A clinical, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging study Queensland Brain Institute
Dr Davd Fann The Role of Inflammasomes in Ischemic Stroke - From Pathophysiology to Treatments School of Biomedical Sciences
Dr James Retell Attentional control: the role of task-expectations in determining attentional selection School of Psychology
Dr Hien Nguyen Finite Mixture Models for Regression Problems School of Mathematics & Physics
Dr Nilanjana Premaratna Theatre for Peacebuilding: the role of arts in conflict transformation in South Asia School of Political Science & International Studies
Dr Tzu-Yu Liu Self-assembling and self-adjuvanting polymer-peptide conjugates as therapeutic vaccines against cervical cancer School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences
Dr Stephen Crofts Australian press constructions of the 2002 Bali bombing: differing imaginings of the nation and its place in the world School of Communication & Arts
Dr Anthony Lee Sexual selection and the role of variation in women's mate preference for masculine traits School of Psychology
Dr Claire Naughtin The Neural Substrates of Object Individuation School of Psychology
Dr Robert Lewis-Swan Ultracold atoms for foundational tests of quantum mechanics School of Mathematics & Physics
Dr Faith Brennan The Role of Complement Anaphylatoxin Receptors in Experimental Spinal Cord Injury School of Biomedical Sciences
Dr Mohamed Haroon Molecular characterisation of microbial communities involved in nitrate-driven anaerobic oxidation of methane School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences
Dr Abdullah Mohammed S Alkhedhair Modelling and Experimental Study of Spray Cooling Systems for Inlet Air Pre-Cooling in Natural Draft Dry Cooling Towers School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering
Dr Anupma Choudhary The hidden microRNA biology of mammals Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Dr Sreedevi Aithal Wideband absorbance measures in neonates and young infants School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Dr Fransisca Sidjaja Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism in Developing Countries: The Indonesian Adaptation of Autism Detection in Early Childhood (ADEC) School of Psychology
Dr Hanne Thoen Colour Vision in Mantis Shrimps: Understanding one of the most Complex Visual Systems in the World Queensland Brain Institute
Dr Zhi Zhang Investigation of Structural Characteristics of III-V Semiconductor Nanowires Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering
Dr Caroline Salom Comorbid alcohol and mental health disorders: A longitudinal analysis of development to young adulthood School of Public Health
Dr Gilbert Macbeth Improving the utility of genetic markers in fish populations. School of Mathematics & Physics
Dr David Bright Becoming-teacher: A partial and experimental account of Western native English-speaking teachers in Vietnamese international schools School of Education
Dr Karishma Mody Development of Nanoparticle based Vaccine Delivery Systems Queensland Alliance For Agriculture & Food Innovation
Dr Xiaowen Liang Biodistribution of newly developed water-dispersible CdTe/CdS quantum dots for in vivo imaging School of Medicine
Dr Gillian Matthewson Dimensions of Gender: Women's Careers in the Australian Architecture Profession School of Architecture
Dr Inka Vanwonterghem Microbial community dynamics, function and interactions in anaerobic digestion School of Chemical Engineering
Dr Yen Chua Hybrid Organic-inorganic Molecular Templated Membranes for Water Desalination School of Chemical Engineering
Dr Arturo Jr Martinez A Longitudinal Approach to Measuring Income Mobility among Filipino Households Institute for Social Science Research
Dr Han Su Quality-Aware Trajectory Processing Using Significant Locations School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering
Dr Megan Rossi Uraemic toxins & Synbiotics: A novel therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease School of Medicine
Dr Ramanathan Pudhukode Vaidyanathan Nanoshearing: A Microfluidic Approach for Isolation and Enumeration of Cancer Biomarkers Australian Institute of Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
Dr Ardalan Armin Electro-Optics of Organic Solar Cells and Photodiodes School of Mathematics & Physics
Dr Janattul Ain Jamal Beta-lactam antibiotic pharmacokinetics during continuous venovenous haemofiltration in critically ill patients: Continuous infusion versus intermittent bolus administration School of Medicine
Dr Julie Guylaine Burel Molecular profiling of cellular immune responses to Plasmodium spp. blood-stage infection in humans using systems immunology School of Medicine
Dr Luke Heales Towards an understanding of motor system impairments in individuals with unilateral lateral epicondylalgia School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences