Student awards

Student awards

UNSW Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Theses

Eleven Garvan graduates have been selected for UNSW Dean’s Award for Outstanding PhD Theses. The Dean's Award formally recognize the high quality PhD theses produced at UNSW. To receive this award, candidates must produce a thesis that in the opinion of both examiners is in the top 10% of PhD theses examined. 


The 2021 Garvan recipients were:


Thesis Title


Oliver Skinner

New insights into the link between protein prenylation and inflammation using models of mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD)


Anthony Lau

An investigation into the impact of dysregulated PI3Kδ signalling on B cell development and autoimmunity


Andre Martins Reis

The development of reference standards for genomics


Sunny Wu

Elucidating the functional diversity of stromal cells in breast tumours using single-cell and spatial transcriptomics


Ghamdan Al-Eryani

Development and implementation of multimodal single cell technologies for human immune profiling



The 2019-2020 Garvan recipients were:


Thesis Title


Deborah Burnett

Investigation into immune tolerance


Keeming Chia

Targeting the androgen receptor in breast cancer


Qian Du

DNA replication timing: impact on the cancer genome and epigenome


Katherine Giles

BRG1 ATP-Dependent Chromatin Remodelling in Prostate Cancer: Epigenetic Consequences


Simon Hardwick

Designing synthetic spike-in controls for next-generation sequencing and beyond


Yolanda Colino Sanguino

Dissecting the role of histone variant H2A.Z acetylation in transcription regulation


Stuart Furler Travel Awards

Stuart Furler was a long serving and highly respected scientist in Garvan’s Diabetes and Metabolism Division who died of pancreatic cancer in 2007. His family established the Travel Award in his memory, as a way of nurturing early career scientists.

Third year PhD students are eligible to apply for the Stuart Furler Travel Award, with winners receiving $5,000 to attend a major international conference relevant to their field of research, as well as to visit labs of potential collaborators.


2021 Winners

Alex Corr and Cecilia Chambers

2020 Winners

Marija Simic and Michael Papanicolaou

2019 Winners

Andrew Law and Oliver Skinner

2018 Winners

Etienne Masle-Farquhar and Ghamdan Al Eryani

2017 Winners 

Deborah Burnett and Simon Hardwick

2016 Winners

Claire Vennin and Ira Deveson

2015 Winners

Qian Du and Robert Shearer

2014 Winners

Jackie Lau and Louise Cottle

Garvan Thesis Prize

The Garvan Thesis prize formally recognizes one PhD graduate for their high quality PhD thesis and their research achievements during candidature.

Recent winners:

2021   Sunny Wu

2020   Jordan Hastings

2019   Deborah Burnett

2018   Imogen Moran

2017   Claire Vennin

2016   Christoph Jandl

2015   Elisabeth Malle

2014   Saul Bert