Huttley Lab - Bioinformatics, molecular evolution of genomes

The Huttley lab focusses on understanding what processes shape the distribution of genetic variation. We have a particular interest in understanding the influence of factors affecting mutation and how best to represent these effects in statistical models. The driving biological questions lie in the realm of population and molecular evolutionary genetics. The nature of our work is largely computational and statistical. We spend considerable effort in the development of new statistical models and implementing those in software.

Two major outputs from the lab are the PyCogent software library for molecular evolutionary analysis and the related QIIME software suite for interrogation of microbial ecology.



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Russell Dinnage, Marcel Cardillo & Gavin Huttley (together with Owain Edwards from CSIRO) have been awarded a CBA Ignition Grant, "Characterizing the evolutionary and ecological diversity of invertebrates in the Monsoonal vine thickets of the Kimberley".
ANU and the CSIRO have opened a new collaborative research centre to focus on environment, agriculture and global food supplies.


Gavin Huttley

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