Underwater venom in sea anemones
Dr Peter Prentis is supervising Zac Stewart as he explores venom diversity in sea anemones. He is sequencing the genome of multiple Australian anemone species and using bioinformatics approaches to find new toxins. He hopes that these toxins may be exploited as novel therapeutics or biopesticides.
Last living relative of the giant kangaroos
Associate Professor Matthew Phillips and PhD researcher Manuela Cascini have collaborated with the University of Adelaide to find the closest living relative of the giant short-faced kangaroos which died out about 40,000 years ago.Read the news article here
Associate Professor Caroline Hauxwell's research is examining the diseases that affect our native bees, how the microbiota of bees and hives can improve their health and how bees interact with pathogens of the plants they pollinate.
Why are sea anemone such a successful species?
Dr Peter Prentis uses genomics and bioinformatics to investigate why sea anemones are such a successful and diverse group of animals. He looks at how they produce multiple venoms in a single animal, regenerate after catastrophic injury and why they are so abundant on Australian rocky shores.
We are working towards a sustainable future by analysing genomes of Australian plants and animals and improving agricultural and industrial processes.
We are looking into real-world problems associated with food security, energy, health and the environment.
Dr David Hurwood
Discipline LeaderDr David Hurwood has over 20 years of experience in population genetics. David has a passion for environmentally friendly and sustainable food production in the aquaculture sector.
The main focus of his research has been in applying a genetics approach to conserving wild aquatic species and managing diversity and sustainability in aquaculture production. His research has been conducted both in Australia and in developing countries in the Asia/Pacific region.
Dr. Melody de Laat
Senior LecturerDr. Melody de Laat dedicates her time to finding novel therapies for animal diseases. Her research focuses on:
- Australian wild horse health and ecology
- endocrine dysfunction
- equine lameness
- incretin biology
- metabolism and nutrition disorders
- veterinary pharmacology.
Associate Professor Matthew Phillips
Associate ProfessorAssociate Professor Matthew Phillips is reconstructing the evolutionary history of mammals to better understand the roles of environmental changes and biological invasions in the promotion, maintenance and extinction of biodiversity.
This research includes working with Bioplatforms Australia's Mammal Genome Project and integrating fossils with DNA sequence data.
Dr. Peter Prentis
Senior LecturerDr. Peter Prentis' work focuses on evolutionary genomic questions about how organisms function and evolve using genomic data.
His research aims to answer fundamental evolutionary questions that will enhance agricultural understanding, including the better management of pest fruit flies and the development of bio-pesticides derived from sea anemone venoms.
Professor Martin Sillence
ProfessorProfessor Martin Sillence leads an active research group focused on animal physiology and pharmacology, with particular strengths in equine health and medicine.
Martin was recently named one of Australia’s five visionaries making waves in the veterinary world by Vet Practice magazine.