People: Past and Present.

 

Undergraduate, honours, Masters and PhD students, Postdoctoral fellows, Research Assistants since 2005:

taken in 2015

Natalia Hernandes

Welcome to Natalia who has just started as a Research Assistant in our lab

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Courtney Brown

Welcome to Courtney who starts her Masters with us in 2019!

Katrina-Lee Saunders Ware

Feb 2018->

Welcome to Kat who starts her Masters with us in 2018!

phylogeny of x-kinases

Jack Scanlan

2013-2014, 2016-now

Jack did his Masters in the lab:

Thesis title: The functional characterisation of a taxonomically limited gene family.

He took a year off to put more time into the Science magazine he established  :

http://www.lateralmag.com/

He is now doing a PhD championing the x-kinases.

 

Check out Jack's Pursuit article:

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-tip-of-the-crispr-iceberg

The most speciose phyla/sub-phyla in this tree do not have cholesterol synthesis genes

Caitlyn Perry

2014-

PhD Title:  Variation in Ecdysone metabolism among insects.In the second half of 2015 Caitlyn presented her work in multiple forums including: The Australian Entomological Society Meeting in Cairns, the EMBO Australia PhD symposium in Melbourne and the BioSciences graduate student symposium. Caitlyn was also awarded the Alfred Nicholas Scholarship for 2015! She has also been  selected as a member of the Australian team competing in the Linnaean Games, a student entomological trivia contest associated with the Entomological Society of America conference. Click on the image for her recent publication. 

Copy Number Variation in insect P450s

Paul Battlay

2011-

PhD: Will resistance to dsRNAi arise via Copy Number Variation?

MSc(genetics): The importance of Copy Number Variation to insecticide resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.

 

decorations of ecdysone

Rebecca Smith

2011-

PhD (2013-): The characterization of the structure and function of X-kinases.

 

honours (2012):  The role of CG10737 in the DDT resistance phenotype, three hour knockdown.

Helicoverpa armigera

David Clarke

2011-

PhD title: Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics of Lepidopteran Genomic and Transcriptomic data.

 

Co-supervisor: Lars Jermiin CSIRO

 

MSc(bioinformatics) title: Evolutionary rates in Lepidopterans- Is there a fast Z? June 2012.

Helicoverpa armigera

Sue Vern Song

2009 -2018

Population genomics and transcriptomics in the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera

Sue investigated the population genetics of one of Australia’s biggest agricultural pests; Helicoverpa armigera. Her application of genomic technologies revealed that this moth is extremely diverse at the molecular level and shows little population structure. She identified adaptatively evolving genes including insecticide resistance genes and it informs pest control strategies.

Myzus persicae

Amol Ghodke

2013 ->2018

PhD Title: Comparative and Functional Genomics of Aphids.

 

In 2015 Amol gave oral presentations about his research at the Australian Entomological Meeting in Cairns, the EMBO Australia PhD meeting in Melbourne and in 3 minutes of excellent entertainment at the BioSciences PhD student Symposium.

Ryanodine receptor

Llewellyn Green

2009-2017

PhD title: The genetic basis of resistance to the Ryanodine Receptor Modulator, Chlorantraniliprole.

 

MSc(genetics) title: Is DDT resistance a species-defining trait in the Drosophila ananassae species copmplex?

In 2018 Llew starts a postdoc in Barcelona, Spain, with Josefa Gonzalez.

Pontus Le Blanc

2016 - 2018

Pontus started a Masters of bioscience degree in our lab in 2016. He had spent some time as a casual in the lab in 2015. In 2016 he performed GWAS using insecticides that are used against D. suzukii. He also explored the population genetics of these loci in D.suzukii .

After finishing his Masters, Pontus landed a Research Assistant job at Monash University.

Helen Young

2015-2017

Helen is an MSc student. She submitted this week (October) and is thinking of travelling to exciting places next year. She has been working on the behavioural effects of imidacloprid on Drosophila melanogaster.  Her chief supervisor is Alex Fournier-Level.

Helicoverpa armigera

Angela McGaughran

2014

Angela is a postdoctoral fellow and spends much of her time in Lars Jermiin's lab at CSIRO in Canberra. She is working on the genomics of Helicoverpa species.  

 

The big news of October 2015 was that Angela was awarded an ARC DECRA fellowship which she will take up at the ANU. She will continue to work with Helicoverpa population genetics using historical samples.

self organising map of insect activity

Alexandre Fournier-Level

2013-2014

Alex joined the lab with a Human Frontiers Fellowship entitled: Consequence of environmental adaptation on insecticide resistance: where is the cost?

 

He now has his own position in the School of Biosciences.

 

Alex has just had a paper accepted to the Journal of Evolutionary Biology (Alexandre Fournier-Level, Adina Neumann-Mondlak, Robert T. Good, Llewellyn M. Green, Joshua M. Schmidt and Charles Robin (2016) Behavioral response to combined insecticide and temperature stress in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster.

Drosophila kikkawai

Madeleine Gane

2009-2011

MSc(genetics) title: Elucidating the genetic basis of desiccation resistance in Drosophila using a candidate gene approach.

Natural allelic series at Cyp6g1

Joshua Schmidt

PhD 2014

PhD title: The genetics of DDT resistancein Drosophila melanogaster: Novel insights into an old debate.Josh investigated how the fly Drosophila melanogaster has evolved to detoxify the insecticide DDT.   He showed that a succession of genetic alterations have spread through global populations since 1945.  In quantifying the contribution that different genes have made on temporal and spatial scales, he has provided important insights into the genetic architecture of adaptive evolution. 

Pseudogene origination models

Lisa Bardsley

Graduated 2013

PhD title: Pseudogenes and Neutral Evolution in Drosophila melanogaster

 

Lisa characterized the molecular evolution of pseudogenes among insects. Her description of the patterns and processes affecting these functionless DNA sequences facilitates the detection of functional genetic elements. This helps distinguish parts of a genome that are ‘junk’ from those that have an importance that is uncharacterized.

Drosophila melanogaster

Alisa Sedghifar

2008

honours thesis:  Exploring the genetic basis of desiccation resistance in Drosophila.

 

Alisa went to UC Davis (Dave Begun's lab) to do a PhD in population genetics.

Structural model of P450

Lydia Gramzow

2007

Lydia did the research component of her Diplom-Bioinformatiker from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena here.

 

Title:  Evolution of gene duplications in Cytochrome P450 genes in twelve Drosophila genomes.

Heat map of gene expression

Thuan-jin Kee

2006

Jin's interest in the 'boundaries of inducibility' led him to examine transcriptome changes induced by natural and man-made toxins. His work revealed that the multigene family encoding proteins with 'domains of unknown function 227' (DUF227's) were  second only to P450's in their inducibility to xenobiotic substances.

Crystals of GstD1

Low Wai Yee (Lloyd)

Graduated 2009

PhD title: Molecular evolution, structure and function of Glutathione S-Transferases in the genus Drosophila

 

Lloyd characterized the evolution of a family of detoxification enzymes, the Glutathione S-transferases, among flies of the genus Drosophila and developed a structural model of how glutathione s-transferase metabolise the insecticide, DDT. The research sets an agenda calling for better design of insecticides that reduce the chance of insecticide resistance evolving.

Fighting Drosophila melanogaster males

Yi Wen Qian

2007

Honours thesis:  Fighting flies

Drosophila ananassae

Emma Warburton

2007

Honours thesis: Molecular Population Genetics of the Drosophila ananassae subgroup.

Drosophila melanogaster

Wayn Wong

2006

Honours thesis: A comparative analysis of reported pseudogenes in the Drosophila genus.

Fungal choice test set up

Sarah Berriman

2006

Honours thesis: The genetic basis of resistance to fungal toxins in Drosophila.

Expression of Cyp307a2 in Drosophila brain

Tamar Sztal

2005

Honours thesis: How have natural environments shaped the evolution and regulation of detoxification genes in Drosophila species?

Cumulative Read coverage around Cyp6g1

Robert Trygve Good

2005-

After a decade of  being the lab guru in bioinformatics and molecular biology and basically everything, Rob is going off island hopping through the Indonesian archipelago. Checkout some of the bioinformatic tools he has left as his legacy.

Helicoverpa armigera caterpillar

Adam Southon

2005

Adam was a part time research assistant who helped establish the Robin lab and was (and is) wonderful! He subsequently did a PhD with Jim Camakaris.

Esterase allozyme gel

Dan Hovan

2005

Dan worked on the esterases of Helicoverpa armigera with David Heckel and I. Click on the button for a link to a publication that includes some of his work.

Helicoverpa armigera

Choon Wei Wee (Jeff)

Graduated 2006

PhD title: Functional Genomics of insecticide resistance and xenobiotic metabolism in Helicoverpa armigera

 

Using a combination of cDNA-AFLP and cDNA microarray, differential expression of genes between fenvalerate resistance and susceptible Helicoverpa armigera was investigated to identify candidate genes that may confer resistance. A cytochrome P450, CYP337B1 was identified and mapped to the resistance locus. It is also inducible by esfenvalerate among other detoxification genes. Insects were also challenged with three other xenobiotics and suites of inducible genes were identified. These responsive genes may play roles in detoxifying these compounds.

 

Co-supervised by Prof. David Heckel.

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