Honours Coordinator

Jane McCausland

On this page:

Applications for Semester two 2019 are now open and will close Friday 5 July.

At ARMI, students begin their research career with the research leaders in regenerative medicine. Completing an Honours year at ARMI gives students a firm grounding in cutting edge technologies and the science of regenerative and stem cell biology. Such an opportunity cannot be found in other areas of the University.

Research Themes

Click on the following links for more information:

Begin your Research Career at ARMI

Heart and muscle development and regeneration

We use the basic rules of animal regeneration to unlock regenerative potential in patients for treatment of a range of currently untreatable disorders.

Project areas:
  • discovery of the basic rules that govern formation of muscle stem cells in the embryo and adult
  • better understanding of how stem cells are used during muscle regeneration
  • treatments for muscular dystrophy using zebrafish models
  • making the heart a better regenerating organ by stimulating specific signaling pathways.
Research Groups:

Currie Group

Marcelle Group

Ramialison Group

McGlinn Group

Immunity and regeneration

We exploit the immune system as a new player in regenerative medicine, which can be manipulated for therapeutic gain.

Project areas:
  • understand the role of the immune system in scar-free healing
  • determine how immune cells form and are continually replenished
  • define the immune system as a critical component of tissue regeneration
  • understand the difference in immune regulation between the regenerative and non-healing context
  • harness the immune system for delivery of therapeutics to regenerating tissues
Research Groups:

Lieschke Group

Martino Group

Stem cells and regeneration

We use knowledge gained from highly regenerative tissues and animal models to generate human cells that can treat a range of degenerative disease, and learn how to manipulate cell populations in the body to repair more effectively.

Project areas:
  • define how the genome is read and packaged to form a stem cell
  • understand how a stem cell-like state is maintained and regained in induced reprogramming
  • identify what environment cues (niche) and other cell systems (immune) interact to influence stem cell function
  • enhance endogenous stem cell-mediated repair of injured tissues
  • make therapeutically relevant cell types from stem cells to treat disease
  • unravelling microtubule dynamic at the single cell level using live imaging
Research Groups:

Polo Group

Nilsson Group

Laslett Group

Hobbs Group

Nagy Group

Zenker Group

Neural regeneration

We work on stimulating regeneration of the mammalian nervous system after damage and degenerative disease.

Project areas:
  • define how the brain and spinal cord respond after injury and what innate regenerative potential exists in the nervous system of mammals and non-human primates
  • make neural cells from stem cell
  • identify genes needed to make the brain form normally
  • formation of neural stem cell populations in regenerating systems such as the zebrafish brain
  • characterise relative regenerative differences in spinal cord of zebrafish and mammals.
Research Groups:

Bourne Group

Kaslin Group

Merson Group

Nillegoda Group

Organ engineering and synthetic biology

ARMI is exploring a number of innovative techniques to enhance function and form that is lost as a consequence of ageing and degenerative diseases.

These techniques explore various aspects of tissue engineering including organoid and organ on a chip technology, bioactive biomaterials and biointerfaces that simulate the cellular microenvironment at the micro and nanoscale, functional biomaterials and synthetic and biological matrices for tissue engineering and transplant development.

Project Areas:
  • Characterising the local cell-autonomous and nonautonomous responses to an injury, including the production and role of alarm signal(s) and the response of stem/progenitor cells
  • Exploring the impact of the discovered injury response pathways on the buffering of developmental noise (random perturbations during normal development)
Research Group:

Janovjak Group

Roselló-Díez Group

How to apply for Honours at ARMI

Students from the following fields of study are encouraged to apply to do an Honours project at ARMI Biomedical Sciences:

  • Science
  • Medical Science
  • Health Science
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacy

The next step is to contact the Group Leaders to discuss the project further.

Once you and your supervisor have agreed on a project:

  1. Your supervisor will need to fill out an ARMI Honours EOI undertaking to be your supervisor and stating the name of the project.  This document appears on the right under the Resources heading.
  2. Prepare a copy of your transcript highlighting the subjects you wish to be considered for entry.
  3. Submit completed ARMI Honours EOI and transcript to the ARMI Honours Coordinator for approval.
  4. Complete the relevant faculty's online application form.
    BMS students: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/biomed/honours/
    Science students: http://www.monash.edu/science/current-students/science-honours/

Eligibility criteria for Honours

Eligibility criteria for Honours:

If you are a BSc student, the completion of a Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) with at least distinction average (70 percent) in 24 points of level three units (or equivalent) in the intended honours discipline.

BSc students enrol through the Science Faculty for BSc Hons. 

Application details can be found at: 


BSc Honours Students must enrol for the following Regenerative medicine units:

  • MIS4100 Regenerative medicine research project (36 points)
  • MIS4200 Advanced studies in regenerative medicine (12 points).

BMS students must enrol directly through the Med Faculty for BMS Hons.

An application form can be found at: 


BMS Honours Students must enrol for the following units:

  • BMS4100 Biomedical science research project
  • BMS4200 Advanced studies in biomedical science.

Monash applicants: A distinction level average in 24 points at third year level, including at least 12 points in 3rd year BMS units.

Non-Monash applicants: Student must complete a degree comparable to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science offered by Monash University. The entire academic record will be considered with an emphasis on the year 3 unit outcomes. As a guide, a comparable program in a group of 8 University would need an average of at least 70% in the year 3 subjects.


Back to Careers & Education