Research in the field of genetics from the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.


Alex Andrianopoulos     Genetics of fungal pathogenicity, cellular morphogenesis and development.

David Balding     Application of mathematical, statistical and computational methods in genetics (population, evolutional, medical and forensic genetics) and related areas of biology.

Phil Batterham     Neurogenetics, behaviour and systems biology in insects. The interaction of chemical insecticides with pest and beneficial insects.

Simon Baxter     Molecular genetic and genomic approaches to control insect pests of economic importance

Gerd Bossinger     Forest molecular biology and genetics with an emphasis on cambium differentiation, the regulation of wood formation and wood quality determination in forest trees.

Alex Fournier-Level     How variations in the environment modulate the expression of genetic variation and its impact on genetic diversity.

Irene Gallego Romero     Exploration of how natural selection and evolutionary change have shaped humans and other primates, by combining induced pluripotent stem cell models with functional genomics approaches.

John Golz     How complex patterns of gene expression are generated and maintained during cell-type specification and differentiation in multicellular organisms.

Mike Haydon     Molecular, cell and systems approaches to study inputs and outputs of plant circadian clocks, with a focus on metabolism and nutrients.

Ary Hoffmann     Integrated invertebrate pest control options for the grains industries, and how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services.

Luke Holman     The evolution and genetics of sex, sociality and communication, combining empirical work on insects with theoretical models.

Patricia Jusuf     Studying the genetics underlying the generation of different nerve cell types with a focus on visual neurons, neural development and regeneration.

Kim-Anh Le-Cao     Biological data integration, multivariate projection-based methods, computational statistical learning, R software development.

Stephen Leslie     Statistical genomics, including detecting and controlling for population differences in genetic data, typing complex genetic variation, and statistical analyses of the relationship of genetic variants to disease.

Michael Murray     Development of multicellular organisms and the ability for cells to transition between stationary epithelial forms and migratory mesenchymal forms.

Trent Perry     Insecticide resistance (nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, spinosad, Lucilia cuprina)

Marilyn Renfree     Reproductive and developmental biology using physiological, endocrine, molecular, genetic and comparative genomic techniques with a focus on mammalian reproduction and development.

Charles Robin     Molecular Evolution and population genetics with a focus on adaptation and natural selection.

Nicholas Robinson     Genetic improvement of livestock and aquaculture species with a focus on design of genetic improvement programs, molecular genetics, gene mapping, genomics and epigenetics.

Paul Umina     Sustainable pest control, biosecurity and insecticide resistance, while also improving the communication and translation of research findings into practical outcomes.

Damjan Vukcevic     Biostatistical research with a specialisation in statistical genetics.

Research centres

Melbourne Integrative Genomics (MIG)
We aim to understand biological systems, with a focus on genomes as the blueprint for each system. We are interested in biological systems of different scales.

Research in this area is conducted in the School of BioSciences, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences and School of Mathematics and Statistics.