Prof Sassan Asgari

  • Investigating the role of microRNAs in host-pathogen interactions
  • Anti-viral responses in insects
  • Host manipulation by endosymbionts

Dr Nigel Beebe

  • Molecular clarification of the Anopheles lungae group from the Solomon Islands
  • Untangling the evolution of the multicopied ribosomal DNA gene family in Metazoans
  • Population genetics evaluation of the Culex pipiens species group in Australasia
  • Developing sterile male Culex mosquitoes through RNA interference

Dr Simon Blomberg

  • The role of fossils in phylogenetics comparative methods
  • Variance estimators for phylogenetic GEE models
  • Stochastic processes as models of evolution using the Itô calculus
  • Statistical evidence in evolutionary biology
  • Other projects involving statistics with applications in evolutionary biology

A/Prof Steve Chenoweth

  • Finding genes that affect sexual behaviour
  • What constrains the evolution of gene expression?
  • Epigenetic inheritance patterns in the regulation of gene expression
  • What genes influence the thermal performance of ectotherms?
  • You are what you eat, the fitness effects of maladapted dietary preferences

Dr Lyn Cook

  • Chromosome evolution in scale insects
  • Population structure and dynamics of wind-dispersed insects
  • Phylogeny and evolution of the bottle-bushes (Melaleuca)
  • Phylogenetics of insect-plant interactions
  • Biogeography of Australian plants and animals

Prof Bernie Degnan

  • Understanding the evolutionary origin of animal multicellularity through the study of the sponge genome and development
  • How to make a sea shell: molecular genetic basis of patterning and biofabrication of molluscan and other animal skeletons

A/Prof Sandie Degnan

  • Molecular ecology of marine invertebrate sensory systems – how do larvae assess and respond to their environment?
  • Comparative genomic approaches to the origin and evolution of animal-microbe interactions

A/Prof Paul Ebert

  • Mechanisms of resistance to the ageing accelerant, phosphine
  • Induced sensitivity to the ageing accelerant, phosphine
  • Metabolic interventions to delay Alzheimer’s disease
  • Control of metabolism by suspended animation

Dr Jan Engelstädter

  • Experimental evolution of antibiotic resistance
  • Modeling antibiotic resistance evolution
  • Why shuffle genes? Modeling integron evolution in bacteria
  • Running wiht the Red Queen: models of host-parasite coevolution

Dr Diana Fisher

  • Mechanisms of sperm competition in Antechinus (Semester 2 start only)

A/Prof Bryan Fry

  • Evolution of venom systems from across the animal kingdom, ranging from Arctic & Antarctic octopuses to the Komodo dragon to Vampire bats

Dr Karyn Johnson

  • The role of miRNAs in virus infection
  • The role of miRNAs in Wolbachia infection of Drosophila
  • The impact of Wolbachia on virus infection and transmission
  • Molecular interactions between Drosophila and viruses

Dr Katrina McGuigan

  • Developmental changes in fish swimming and morphology
  • What are the fitness costs of being a fast swimmer?
  • Genetic variation in speed-temperatures relationships

Dr Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos

  • Divergence in microRNAs in a hybrid zone
  • Population genomics of adaptive radiations
  • Seed size and coexistence of sympatric species
  • Molecular population genetics of biochemical pathways during parallel evolution

Dr Steve Salisbury

  • Evolution of Australian sauropod dinosaurs
  • Evolution of Australian ornithopod dinosaurs
  • Evolution of Australian crocodilians
  • Freshwater fishes from the mid-Cretaceous Winton Formation of central-western Queensland
  • Bone histology in fossil archosaurs
  • *The bracing system of ankylosaurian dinosaurs
  • *The bracing system of basal ornithopod dinosaurs
  • *Taphonomy of a dinosaur bone bed in the Winton Formation

Dr Milos Tanurdzic

  • Evolution of microRNA genes in polyploids. This project will investigate how microRNA genes and their targets diverge in a recent polyploid the bread wheat from its wild diploid ancestors.
  • Epigenetic silencing in wheat and RNAi. This project will investigate the relationship between small RNA and DNA methylation in wheats.
  • microRNA and plant development. You will investigate the role microRNA regulation plays in the signaling events that lead to branching in pea plants.
  • The role of small RNA in non-additive gene expression in plants
The project will determine the correlation between genes that are non-additively expressed in hybrids and the changes in small RNA populations and DNA and histone methylation patterns
  • microRNA and sex determination in plants
This is a comparative evo-devo project which will investigate how miRNA affect sex determination in ferns and how conserved this role is across the fern-gymnosperm-angiosperm lineages.
  • Designer genes in plants: This project will utilize the CRISPR/Cas9 technique to induce targeted mutations in a variety of genes responsible for control of development, genome integrity, and epigenetic inheritance in a variety of model plant organisms.

A/Prof Gimme Walter

  • Sound communication and population genetics of a generalist bug **
  • Evolution and movement of glyphosate resistance in Sowthistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
  • Genetic diversity of tropical soda apple in Australia and at its geographical origin, and the selection of plant species for host-testing in biological control.

 * Reseach projects for Phd/MPhil students only

**All of these projects are associated with funded projects and are eligible for top-ups (for students with an APA). Some are eligible for scholarship applications through CRC for Plant Biosecurity ($30K per yr for 3.5 yr + 2.5K travel).



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