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.

2016 winners

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Name Thesis title
Dr Amanda Pearce Development of a Hyperbranched Polymer Theranostic for Prostate Cancer
Miss Yue Wang Designed synthesis of large pore mesoporous silica nanoparticles as nano-carriers for bio-applications
Dr Yangyang Wen Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Supercapacitors

Faculty of Medicine

Name Thesis title
Dr Holly Erskine The global epidemiology and burden of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder
Dr Sahar Keshvari Molecular characterisation of the adiponectin receptors, AdipoR1 and AdipoR2
Dr Zhixuan Loh The role of interferon regulatory factor 3 and 7 in virus-induced bronchiolitis and the onset of asthma.
Dr Jazlyn Read Familial melanoma risk genes in Queensland
Dr Kiran Shekar Sick Patients, Starved Circuits and Sticky Drugs: Understanding pharmacokinetics during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to optimise drug dosing and improve patient outcomes
Dr Hafiz Ansar Rasul Suleria Bioactive compounds from Australian Blacklip Abalone (Haliotis rubra) processing waste

Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Name Thesis title
Dr Nikita Abraham Investigating nAChR structure and function using AChBP and alpha-conotoxins
Dr Zhenling Cui Exploiting redundancy of the genetic code for site-selective unnatural amino acids incorporation in vitro
Dr Pabasara Kalansuriya Microbial Chemical Diversity: Strategies to Stimulate Microbial Secondary Metabolite Potential
Dr Zhuo Shang Unveiling the Chemical Diversity of Marine Intertidal Fungal Communities
Dr Kathleen Yin A Pharmacological and Transcriptomic approach to exploring Novel Pain Targets

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Name Thesis title
Dr Eddie Ti Tjih Tan Food Safety Risk Assessment of Indospicine in Australian Camel Meat

Queensland Brain Institute

Name Thesis title
Dr Huyen Nguyen Mathematical Modelling of Axon Guidance in Chemical Gradients

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Name Thesis title
Dr Yasir Obaidoon A Critical Evaluation of the Effects of Plant Essential Oil Formulations against Silverleaf Whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, B Biotype (Gennadius) and its Natural Enemies.
Dr Paul Visendi Muhindira A novel approach for the assembly of complex genomic DNA cloned into bacterial artificial chromosome vectors: Assembly and analysis of Triticum aestivum chromosome arm 7DS
Dr Pradeep Ruperao Analysis of the Chickpea genome using next generation sequencing data

School of Biological Sciences

Name Thesis title
Dr Candice Heath Evolution of Streptococcus iniae after vaccination and molecular underpinnings of capsular antigenicity

School of Chemical Engineering

Name Thesis title
Dr Frauke Kracke Understanding extracellular electron transfer of industrial microorganisms and optimization for production applications
Dr Mengran Li Development of Cathode Materials for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Dr Yonghong Zeng Fundamental Study of Absorption and Desorption Process in Porous Materials with Functional groups

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Name Thesis title
Dr Katherine Ormerod Moving targets: Microevolution of pathogenic species within the laboratory and the human host

School of Communication and Arts

Name Thesis title
Miss Xanthe Ashburner The Common Life: A. R. Ammons and Pastoral
Dr Tamara Plush We've raised their voice. Is anyone listening? Participatory video practitioners and valued citizen voice in international development contexts
Dr Steven Sam Mobile Phones and the Margins: An Ethnographic Study in Post-conflict Sierra Leone
Dr Emily Yu Zong Unlearning Othering: Asian Australian and Asian American Women's Fiction

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Name Thesis title
Dr Uri Shaanan Formation of the New England Oroclines: Insights from Permian Sedimentary Basins in Eastern Australia
Dr Shaun Strong Resolution Enhancement in Shallow 3D-PS Seismic Reflection

School of Economics

Name Thesis title
Dr Cameron Murray When reciprocity becomes back-scratching: An economic inquiry

School of Education

Name Thesis title
Dr Khalaf Al'Abri Higher education policy architecture and policy-making in the Sultanate of Oman: Towards a critical understanding
Dr Anne Bennison Teacher identity as an embedder-of-numeracy: identifying ways to support teachers to promote numeracy learning across the curriculum
Dr Angelique Howell Exploring children's experiences of NAPLAN: Beyond the cacophony of adult debate
Dr Van Nguyen Global language policy borrowing and individual agency in Vietnamese higher education

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Name Thesis title
Dr Nicole Grant Assisting parents of children with autism to make intervention decisions by improving their health literacy about evidence
Ms Jane Hughes An Investigation of the Use of Simulated Patients in Audiology Student Education
Dr Susan Peters Factors influencing return-to-work following upper extremity surgery
Dr Tracy Roxbury Neurophysiological Markers of Language Recovery in Subacute Stroke
Dr Sarah Wallace Improving Research Outcome Measurement in Aphasia (ROMA): Development of a Core Outcome Set

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry

Name Thesis title
Dr Renee England Emotion in Agency : The Problematic Influence of the Split Self and a Spinozist Corrective

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

Name Thesis title
Dr Tristan Coulter Understanding Mental Toughness In Sport: An Integrated Examination Of The Interdependency Between The Person And Context

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Name Thesis title
Dr Yi Cui Investigation of data centric diagnostic techniques for transformer condition assessment
Dr Hina Khan Scalable Diversification for Data Exploration Platforms
Dr Ahmed Mobashsher Wideband Microwave Imaging System for Brain Injury Diagnosis

School of Languages and Cultures

Name Thesis title
Dr Iffat Jahan Medium of instruction and the discourses of "Self" and "Other" in print and social media in Bangladesh
Dr Sarah Woodland Gender and the family in contemporary Chinese-language film remakes

School of Mathematics and Physics

Name Thesis title
Dr Martin Ringbauer Exploring Quantum Foundations with Single Photons

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Name Thesis title
Mr Stephen Gwynn-Jones Thermal Bending of Top Submerged Lances in Pyrometallurgical Furnaces
Dr Min Hong Development of high-performance bismuth telluride-based thermoelectric nanomaterials through structure manipulating and band engineering
Dr Johannes Reiner A Computational Investigation of Failure Modes in Hybrid Titanium Composite Laminates

School of Music

Name Thesis title
Mr Samuel Mitchell Benjamin Britten's Winter Words, Lyrics and Ballads of Thomas Hardy, Op. 52, For High Voice and Piano: An Analytically Informed Interpretation.

School of Psychology

Name Thesis title
Dr Melany Christofidis Resolving contentious hospital observation chart design decisions using a behavioural experimental approach
Dr Ying Wai Ho Forensically Relevant Applications of Genome-Wide Association Studies
Dr Chris Little Mindfulness at Work
Dr John Pickering Innovation, Engagement, and the Evaluation of a Parenting Intervention for Improving Sibling Relationships
Dr Rachel Searston The Emergence of Expertise with Novel Objects
Dr Katherine Storrs Norms are not the norm: Testing theories of sensory encoding using visual aftereffects
Dr Michael Thai From opposition to alliance: Asian Westerners' drive to fit in to a White society
Dr Maryam Ziaei The Emotional Ageing Brain: Cognitive Mechanisms and Neural Networks

UQ Business School

Name Thesis title
Dr Dorian von Freyhold On Being Open and Perceiving Novelty

2015 winners

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 Communication & 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