Researcher Profiles

Researcher Profiles

The School of Biological Sciences researchers include academic staff, research associates, PhD and Masters research students and honours students, as well as a range of collaborators in other institutions.  A list of researchers and their areas of interest can be found below. More detailed information can by found by following the link to the individual profile pages.

Professors

David AyreDavid Ayre

  • Evolutionary consequences of variation in the mating systems of terrestrial plants
  • Population genetics and marine ecology of invertebrates and fish
  • Behavioural Ecology - especially pollinator behaviour and behaviour of marine invertebrates

Ross Bradstock thumbRoss Bradstock

  •  Fire ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Climate change

Andy DavisAndy Davis

  • Ecology of invertebrate larvae
  • Chemical ecology
  • Defensive strategies in marine invertebrates
  • Human impacts on natural systems, including the impact of introduced marine pests
  • Structure and dynamics of invertebrate assemblages
  • Pattern and determinants of biodiversity


Mark Dowton School StaffMark Dowton

  • Mitochondrial genome biology
  • Recombination in mitochondria
  • Evolutionary relationships among Hymenoptera
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Mitochondrial gene rearrangements
  • Molecular diagnostics of forensically important insects

Kris French 235xKristine French

  • How anthropogenic disturbances interrupt populations and communities
  • How weed invasion influences community properties
  • What features of a weed are critical to the process of invasion
  • Changes in communities in cities as a result of urbanisation and in plantations

Brett Garner 2013Brett Garner 

  • Lipid homeostasis in the brain
  • Apolipoprotein structure and function
  • Lysosome biology and vitamin B12 transport
  • ATP-binding cassette transporter function in the brain
  • Therapeutic targeting sphingolipid metabolism
  • Oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation
  • Ageing, Neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease

Barry Osmond 2011Barry Osmond

  • Relationships between the two reversible processes of photoprotection and photoinactivation
  • Environmental plant physiology and ecology
  • The interaction of strong light with high temperature, water and nutritional stresses
  • Remote sensing in canopies

Marie RansonMarie Ranson 

  • The urokinase plasminogen activation system in tumour invasion and metastasis
  • Structure-function relationships of the urokinase inhibitor PAI-2/serpinB2, its biological role/s in cancer, and use in anti-urokinase targeted therapies
  • Development and preclinical testing of new small molecule anti-cancer drugs
  • Improvements in 5-fluorouracil formulations with less side effects and better cost-effectiveness
  • The plasminogen activation system in streptococcal infection

Sharon Robinson Profile PhotoSharon Robinson 

  • Ecosystem response to Climate Change in Antarctica
  • How plants cope with extreme temperatures
  • Remote sensing of plants and plant stress
  • How do thermoregulatory plants heat their flowers?

Mark WilsonMark Wilson

  • Extracellular chaperones
  • Extracellular protein homeostasis (proteostasis)
  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
  • Cellular analyses (e.g. flow cytometry, confocal microscopy) 

Associate Professors

Heath Ecroyd 2011Heath Ecroyd

  • Proteostasis and the role of the small heat shock family of molecular chaperones in this process
  • The structure-function relationship of small heat shock proteins
  • Protein aggregation and its association with diseases such as Parkinson’s disease
  • The mechanism by which proteins aggregate and ways in which it can be prevented

Todd MinchintonTodd Minchinton

  • Population and community ecology of benthic invertebrates, insects, and plants in coastal terrestrial, marine, and estuarine habitats
  • Importance of dispersal, habitat selection, and colonisation (i.e., recruitment) to the structure and dynamics of populations and communities
  • Influence of natural and anthropogenic disturbance on recruitment, population dynamics, and species diversity
  • Predicting how humans will destroy the planet and developing conservation strategies to avoid this

Ron SluyterRon Sluyter 

  • Inflammation and neuroinflammation
  • Immunology
  • Haematology
  • P2X receptors and purinergic signalling
  • Human and canine biology
     

James WallmanJames Wallman

  • Evolution and biology of Diptera, especially Calliphoridae
  • Forensic entomology

 

Senior Lecturers 

Phillip ByrnePhillip Byrne 

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Anthropogenic impacts on animal behaviour
  • Amphibian ecology

Tracey Kuit ThumbTracey Kuit

  • Mycoplasma pathogenicity
  • Science education

Katarina Mikac

Katarina Mikac 

  • Biosecurity/Quarantine Entomology
  • Population genetics and DNA diagnostics
  • Wildlife genetics
  • Ecology of threatened mammals 

Lezanne OoiLezanne Ooi 

  • Regenerative medicine: Use of induced pluripotent stem cells in disease modelling and drug discovery
  • Global control of gene expression and protein function: transcriptional regulation and epigenetics
  • Neurodegenerative disease: effects of inflammation and oxidative stress on neuronal function. Identification of neuroprotective genes

Marion WongMarian Wong

  • Behavioural ecology of marine and freshwater fishes
  • Conservation biology of marine and freshwater fishes
  • Tropical and temperate fish ecology, life history and physiology

Ren ZhangRen Zhang 

  • Mechanism of heavy metal resistance
  • Environmental biotechnology 
  • Bioinformatics
  • Regulation of plant development 

 

Lecturers

Ben GoodenBen Gooden

  • Plant community and landscape ecology
  • Effects of anthropogenic disturbances, such as urbanisation and biological invasion, on plant populations and communities
  • Ecological management of invasive species and restoration of modified landscapes
  • Mycorrhizal associations
  • Pollination Ecology

Senior Research Fellows

Andrew JennerAndrew Jenner

  • Molecular mechanisms of reactive species damage in degenerative disease
  • Understanding the influence of diet, particularly antioxidants, iron and fat

Owen PriceOwen Price

  • Bushfire Risk management
  • Landscape ecology
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Conservation Biology

Justin Yerbury thumb 2013Justin Yerbury

  • Protein misfolding, aggregation and neurodegenerative disease
  • Protein aggregation and neuro-inflammation
  • Propagation of protein misfolding
  • Protein homeostasis and Motor Neurone Disease 

Research Fellows

Dr Hamish ClarkeHamish Clarke

  • Bushfire risk
  • Climate change impacts
  • Environmental management 

Martin EngelMartin Engel 

  • Neurodegenerative research in human stem cell and animal models of Alzheimer’s Disease for identification of treatment targets
  • Neuropsychiatry research in cell and animal models of schizophrenia for drug discovery
  • Brain tumour research in human glioblastoma for therapy development 

Bertie Hennecke

Bertie Hennecke

  • Ecology of environmental weeds
  • Post-release evaluation of classical biological control agents of weeds
  • Plant-biocontrol interactions
  • Impact of invasive plants on natural ecosystems
  • Salvinia invasion and biocontrol in regard to conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem management

Lisa KirkendaleLisa Kirkendale

  • Molecular identification of Australian green macroalgae in the genus Ulva
  • Seaweed cultivation including aquaculture/husbandry
  • Algal reproduction with upcoming forays into protoplast isolation, ploidy determination via microsatellite genotyping and sporing

  Jason McArthurJason McArthur

  • Topical drug delivery
  • Bacterial pathogenesis
  • Bacterial activators of human plasminogen
  • Post infectious kidney disease

Mark Ooi 2012Mark Ooi

  • Seed ecology – dormancy, germination and seed bank dynamics
  • Plant ecology – including fire-driven dynamics
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Conservation biology

Trent PenmanTrent Penman

  • Fire ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Risk management
  • Landscape simulation
  • Bayesian Network analysis

Kara Perrow 2011Kara Perrow

  • Development of ligand-directed targeted drugs for the treatment of malignant disease
  • Improved delivery platforms for chemotherapeutic drugs, including reformulation and the use of bio-responsive nanoparticles
  • Development of novel microtubule targeting drugs
  • Combination anti-cancer therapy and overcoming MDR mechanisms

Ana Rubio 2011Ana Rubio

  • Marine ecology
  • Aquaculture (lobster larvae, oysters)
  • Sustainable practices and productivity increases

Martina Sanderson-SmithMartina Sanderson-Smith

  • Infectious disease and bacterial pathogenesis
  • Host-pathogen interactions and resistance to host innate immunity
  • Role of the plasminogen activation system in infectious disease
  • Identifying targets for therapeutic intervention

Associate Research Fellows

David Roberts 2011David Roberts

  • Ecological genetics of terrestrial plants, and marine and estuarine fish and invertebrates
  • Marine and estuarine ecology
  • Fish and fisheries biology
  • Conservation biology 

Honorary / Visiting Fellows 

Debbie WatsonDebbie Watson

Immunology, genetics, transplantation and cancer

  • Development of therapeutic strategies to prevent graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in humans
  • Investigating P2RX7 polymorphisms in humans
  • Developing novel strategies to prevent transplant rejection
  • Genetics of kidney disease in children 

 

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2017