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Although modern humans are now a global species, our ancestral lineage evolved for much of the past 7 million years in Africa. Understanding how and...
Supervisor: Dr Justin Adams

The eukaryotic genome consists of two classes of genes preceded by distinctly different promoter sequences. Housekeeping genes (90%) code for...
Supervisor: Dr Dominika Elmlund

How does the brain represent information about the external world? Why do we have so many distinct brain areas? How is the representation of...
Supervisor: Dr Nicholas Price

We wish to revolutionise the treatment of autoimmune diseases. We are hoping to devise strategies to eliminate harmful auto reactive cells using...

The academic research program within this laboratory is focused on defining the key molecular interactions underlying receptor recognition events...

Amyloid precursor protein (APP) plays key roles in apoptosis, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis, learning, and memory, but its exact physiological...

Helicobacter pylori persistently colonize the epithelium of the stomach in roughly half of the world’s population. It is a causative agent of...

Excess body weight is a major and leading factor in overall disease burden worldwide and if left unabated could lead to falls in overall life...

HCMV is a herpesvirus that infects over 60% of the adult population. HCMV is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in immuno-compromised...
Supervisor: Dr Rommel Mathias

The LCT-producing clostridia are an important group of pathogens that cause severe disease in both humans and animals. In most cases the diseases...
Supervisor: Professor Dena Lyras

The incredible diversity of Australian mammals, including the remarkable radiation of marsupials, have been researched for over a century. Yet much...
Supervisor: Dr Justin Adams

Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels from the existing vasculature, is essential for tumor growth and metastasis. In the last decade,...
Supervisor: Dr Katrina Colafella

The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is one of the most important hormonal systems regulating both acute and chronic blood pressure. The main effector...

The most common cause of mortality and disability in animals in captivity and domesticity is foot disease. The causes of foot pathologies are...

This project aims to advance our understanding on the evolution of human dentition using an innovative approach that integrates sophisticated 3D...
Supervisor: Dr Luca Fiorenza

Background: Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) are fibroblastic precursor cells that have the stem cell-like ability to expand in culture and...
Supervisor: Dr Tracy Heng

Influenza is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in humans and animals, with an estimated one billion cases of seasonal influenza globally each...

This project investigates the novel architecture of the power system found in a bacterial flagellar motor specialised for locomotion in viscous...

Studies in the Ryan lab involve understanding how protein complexes are built and how mutations in proteins cause defects in assembly. Our models are...
Supervisor: Professor Mike Ryan

A cardinal feature of adaptive CD8+ T cell (also known as killer T cells) responses to infection is the rapid initiation of a proliferative response...

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