Biosensis Pty Ltd


Project name

Biosensor development for early identification of Alzheimer’s disease risk.

Project description

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, with 250 people diagnosed every day in Australia alone. In clinical practice, patients with AD are not commonly identified until the disease reaches an advanced stage of cognitive impairment. This project will develop a minimally invasive approach to identify protein biomarkers in individuals of increased risk for AD with the goal of implementing early preventative strategies. New, sensitive and specific antibodies will be developed as a biosensor to identify individuals at risk of AD. This will be achieved by determining the best set of novel biomarkers in a cross-sectional study comparing individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and AD cases with age-matched healthy controls (n=200). We aim to commercialise and translate these novel metabolic health biomarkers and the biosensor technology into clinical practice.

Ideal candidate

  • A strong desire to commercialise scientific data outcomes and translate experimental research into clinical practice and the community.
  • Must work well with multidisciplinary teams, including molecular/cell biologists, biostatisticians, commercial/legal teams, clinic nurses and medical professionals.
  • High level of understanding and capability in protein assays (e.g. ELISA, luminex, mass spectrometry) and their applications in biological systems, particularly for human disease diagnostics.
  • A good understanding of the biology underlying Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out routine laboratory techniques in a highly proficient manner.
  • Must be able to interact well with other staff/students/visitors.
  • Excellent communication skills, including evidence of presenting at conferences, writing reports/thesis, or other documented submissions.


The candidate will spend similar amounts of time at the three locations based on the needs of the project.


Thebarton Science precinct "Tech Hub", South Australia.


CSIRO Partner Industry Partner University of Adelaide Partner
Business Unit:
Health & Biosecurity 
Biosensis Pty Ltd
Faculty of Sciences
Research Program:
Nutrition & Health, and Future Science Platforms
  School or Centre:
School of Physical Sciences
    UofA Supervisor(s):
A/Prof Tara Pukala

Application instructions

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  • Specific notes on completing the online application form sections “Study Preference” and “Research Interests” are outlined below.

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Study type: Doctor of Philosophy
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Study Conditions
Proposed study load: Full Time
Proposed attendance mode: Internal
Proposed start date: Between 1/1/19 and 31/3/19 as agreed with supervisor

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