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Research opportunities for prospective students and academics

GeneCology provides a thriving environment to conduct research. A range of specialised and cross-disciplinary student research project opportunities are available which are linked to the innovative research work being conducted by the GeneCology Research Centre.

Supervisor Key research areas

Professor Abigail Elizur

  • application of drug delivery systems to hormonal manipulation in aquaculture systems
  • understanding and manipulating reproduction in pearl oysters
  • exploring surrogate technology in aquaculture species
  • using the yeast expression system for the production of recombinant hormones
  • drug delivery in aquaculture fin fish species
  • application of transcriptomics in aquaculture

Professor Helen Wallace

  • stingless bees, resin, propolis and seed dispersal
  • plant breeding, genetics and gene flow in forestry, horticulture and natural ecosystems
  • nut processing in Australia (Macadamia) and the South Pacific (Canarium)
  • quality issues in horticultural crops
  • breeding systems and conservation of rare and threatened plants
  • climate change in forests and horticulture

Dr Peter Brooks

  • chemical analysis and isolation of compounds from natural and synthetic materials
  • synthesis of new or novel compounds

Associate Professor Scott Cummins

  • pheromone communication in molluscs
  • molecular basis of reproduction in fish and invertebrates
  • molecular basis of peptides in marine sponges
  • evolutionary divergence of olfactory receptors
  • crown of thorns star fish secretome

Associate Professor Stephen Trueman

  • plant propagation for forestry, horticulture, revegetation and pharmaceuticals
  • plant tissue culture
  • plant reproductive biology

Associate Professor Wayne Knibb

  • gene discovery
  • pathology detection
  • paternity assignment and breed improvement in aquaculture

Associate Professor Mohammad Katouli

  • gut bacteria and molecular mechanism of translocation
  • development and application of sensitive methods for quantitative detection of pathogens in water source
  • gastrointestinal population of uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) and its role in urinary tract infection
  • antibiotic resistance bacteria in hospital waste water and sewage treatment plants
  • a tool–box approach for microbial source tracking in surface waters
  • clonal groups and virulence genes profile of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospitals, the community and the environment

Dr Ipek Kurtboke

  • microbial ecology, diversity and systematics
  • applied and environmental microbiology and biotechnology and bioremediation
  • bacteriophages and bacteriophage therapy
  • industrial microbiology and biodiscovery
  • waste management and bioconversion of waste into environmentally friendly biofertilisers
  • biological control of plant pathogens
  • marine and aquatic microbiology

Dr Nguyen Hong Nguyen

  • quantitative genetics
  • breeding and selection
  • genetic improvement for farmed aquaculture species
  • optimise selection programs by including new genetic information (DNA markers)
  • genetics and adaptive response of aquatic animal species to changing environment and climate

Dr Steven Ogbourne

  • biodiscovery
  • drug development
  • genetic diversity of plants
  • plant propagation for pharmaceutical drug manufacture
  • plant reproductive biology

Dr Renfu Shao

  • comparative mitochondrial genomics of insects with high throughput sequencing

Dr Alison Shapcott

  • ecology and population genetics of rainforest plants
  • conservation genetics and conservation ecology of rare species
  • habitat fragmentation
  • maintenance of biodiversity
  • restoration ecology

Dr Sanjeev Srivastava

  • fire management
  • predictive spatial modelling
  • GIS application to freshwater ecology
  • climate change
  • GIS learning and teaching

Dr Tomer Ventura

  • comparative endocrinology
  • sexual manipulations in commercially valuable crustacean species
  • regulation of cell migration in crustaceans
  • regulation of metamorphosis in crustaceans
  • pest management

Dr Tiangfang Wang

  • biofunctional proteomics and peptidomics
  • ion chemistry and development of negative ion mass spectrometry
  • computational chemistry –use of quantum mechanics based theoretical computational programmes to study synthetic biomolecules and to predict the structures and behaviour of peptides/proteins

Dr Celine Frere

  •  evolutionary biology
  •  animal behaviour
  •  genetics