Graduate researchers and supervisors who are part of the KU Leuven - Melbourne Joint PhD are able to work on exciting projects from a vast range of disciplines. Below are the research projects that are currently being undertaken by KU Leuven - Melbourne Joint PhD members.
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The eye as a window to the brain: tackling neurodegenerative disorders
This project explores whether retinal imaging can be used as a clinical screen for presymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease.
Trustworthy and insightful algorithms for industrial decision making
This project will use state-of-the-art optimisation technologies in the form of mathematical models and algorithms to find optimal solutions for industry.
Defects in long-distance neuronal wiring in the large intestine and in Hirschsprung’s disease
This project will investigate how long-distance connections in the enteric nervous system (ENS) operate and study how transplanted stem cells can repair specific lesions in the mouse ENS.
Subcellular Ca2+ signalling microdomains regulating cardiomyocyte growth and function
This project will examine how calcium can act in a selective manner to precisely control heart muscle cell growth and gene expression.
Effective translation policies for official communication in diverse communities
This project looks at translation policies in Brussels and Melbourne. It will propose guidelines for effective multilingual communication in linguistically superdiverse cities.
Data and tools for improving the environmental performance of buildings and cities
Two paired projects researching how we can improve the environmental sustainability of buildings and cities.
Critical phenomena in complex and real spectra
Two paired projects studying non-hermitian physics.
Governance modelling for sustainable geospatial information management using emerging technologies
Two paired projects furthering the development of geospatial modelling.
Advanced cell models and multifunctional nanomaterials for light-mediated cancer therapies
Two paired projects researching next-generation nanomaterials for targeted light and temperature-mediated cancer therapies.
Versatile usage of liquid metals in emerging microwave technologies
Two paired projects researching flexible materials in the design of biosensors and emerging 5G technologies.
Soil-structure interaction framework for offshore foundations in sand under cyclic loading
Two paired projects researching soil-structure interaction frameworks for offshore foundations.