Find out more about our research groups.

Adamska Group - Genomic and evolutionary basis of animal development  »

Our research is aimed at uncovering the genetic and genomic basis of morphological complexity in animals, from both developmental and evolutionary perspectives.

Altin Group - Tumour immunology and liposome targeting group »

The Altin group on tumour immunology and liposome targeting.

Atkin Group - Plant respiration in a changing world »

Atkin Group studies plant metabolic responses to environmental gradients, including how leaf respiration varies within and among biomes across the globe. 

Backwell Group - Behavioural ecology of fiddler crabs »

We study the behaviour of fiddler crabs in their natural environment (tropical mangrove forests) in Darwin.

Badger Group - Photosynthetic functional genomics »

The Badger Group is focused on understanding the ways different photosynthetic organisms have adapted to efficiently fix CO2, where CO2 is a limiting substrate.

Ball (Eldon) Group - The molecular basis of coral biology »

We use molecular tools to investigate many aspects of coral biology including comparative genomics, development, stress responses and calcification.

Ball (Marilyn) Group - Ecophysiology of salinity and freezing tolerance »

We study how physiological adaptations and responses to environmental stresses affect the structure and functioning of plant communities.

Behm Group - Nematode molecular biology »

We use powerful biological resources provided by C. elegans to study aspects of nematode biochemistry, molecular biology and behaviour, and control methods.

Brock Group - Membrane structural biology, biochemistry and biophysics »

The Brock group uses X-ray crystallography and Cryo-Electron Microscopy to visualise membrane proteins in near atomic detail and investigate their function.

Broer Group - Membrane transport and nutrition »

Broer group studies the role of amino acid transport in the onset of insulin resistance and the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism.

Byrt Group – Engineering plant membrane proteins and solute transport to increase yield security »

We work on engineering strategies to increase crop tolerance to salinity and drought, and to advance water filtration technology.

Callaghan Group - Human disease and membrane transport »

Our research focuses on understanding the contributions of membrane transport processes to disease and overcoming their impact in treating disease.

Cardillo Group - Macroevolution, Macroecology and Biogeography »

We are interested in big-picture questions about biodiversity. Why are there so many species in the tropics? How have some places become biodiversity hotspots?

Chow Group - Thylakoid structure and function »

We investigate the structural organization of the thylakoid membrane; electron flow in leaves; quantification of Photosystem II; and photodamage.

Chung Group - Biophysics of ion channels »

We are developing a computational program to study the interaction between polypetpides (drugs, toxins, other large molecules) and membrane ion channels.

Cockburn Group - Evolutionary ecology »

Current work focuses on cooperative breeding of superb fairy-wrens and woodswallows.

Cooper Group - Insect physiology, salt and water regulation »

Group research topics include insect physiology, salt and water regulation; locust and grapevine scale biology, and environmental physiology.

Corry Group - Transport proteins and computational biophysics »

Corry group's research examines the structure and function of a family of pore forming proteins known as ion channels.

Crisp Group - Plant systematics and biogeography »

Our research interests include phylogenetics and classification of Australian plants, origins, biogeography and diversification of flora.

Evans Group - Physiology of photosynthesis; interactions with nitrogen »

We study relating photosynthesis to nitrogen; CO2 diffusion within leaves; analysing how plants acclimate to their light environment.

Fahrer Group - Immunology »

We are working on a very simple and inexpensive cancer immunotherapy treatment, and a bioinformatics study looking for novel proteins in different genomes.

Farquhar Group - Coordination of CO2 fixation and transpiration in plants »

Our research includes: photosynthesis and growth with N2 and water use of plants; stomatal physiology; isotopic composition of plants & global change science.

Furbank Group – Improving photosynthesis and crop yield »

Our research focuses on the identification of enhanced photosynthetic properties in crop and model plant germplasm, and improving C4 photosynthesis. 

Gordon Group - Population biology of micro-organisms »

We study the functional role and evolution of bacteriocins, the ecology and evolution of the Enterobacteriaceae, and the ecology and evolution of plasmids.

Hardham Group - Plant pathogen interactions »

The group investigates the cellular and molecular basis of the infection of plants by Phytophthora and fungal pathogens.

Head Group – Ecology and evolution of sex »

Research in the Head Group focuses on the evolution, ecology and physiology of sexual reproduction.

Howitt Group - Transporter structure and function »

Howitt group explores how transporters function and aim to understand their molecular mechanisms.

Huttley Group - Bioinformatics, molecular evolution of genomes »

We focus on understanding what processes shape the distribution of genetic variation.The nature of our work is largely computational and statistical.

Jennions Group - Behavioural and reproductive ecology »

What do we do? We are interested in whole organism evolutionary biology, especially the evolution of behavioural and morphological reproductive traits.

Jones Group - Disease resistance »

We investigate the molecular basis of disease and disease resistance in tomato (leaf mould and Fusarium wilt resistance) and flax (flax rust resistance).​

Kirk Group - Membrane transport in parasites »

We study membrane transport mechanisms in malaria and toxoplasma parasites. The proteins involved offer significant potential as antiparasitic drug targets.  

Kruuk Group - Evolutionary ecology and quantitative genetics »

Our research aims to understand how genetic and environmental factors shape the diversity of wild animal populations in today's changing environments.

Lanfear Group - Mutation, molecular evolution and phylogenetics »

Our work is motivated by the desire to understand molecular evolution, from the origin of mutations in individuals to their fixation in evolving lineages.

Langmore Group - Avian evolutionary and behavioural ecology »

We study many aspects of evolutionary and behavioural ecology in birds, mainly by using field experiments and observations to test evolutionary theory.

Lehane Group - Antimalarial drug action and resistance »

We study membrane transport processes in the Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria.

Leyton Group - Assembly, function, and applications of nanoscale bacterial surface structures »

We study how autotransporters are assembled into bacterial outer membranes, and how they function to mediate infection and disease once they get there.

Magrath Group - Behavioural ecology; acoustic communication; ornithology »

We have broad interests in behavioural ecology, particularly acoustic communication and breeding biology in birds.

Maier Group - Molecular mechanisms of malaria pathogenesis »

The Maier Group focusses on the identification of molecules involved in malaria pathogenesis and transmission.

Maleszka Group - From molecules to behaviour »

We are investigating diverse epigenetic mechanisms in the context of behaviour and developmental plasticity, mainly using the honey bee model.

Martin Group - Transporters in drug resistance, animal behaviour, & agriculture »

We work on the identification, heterologous expression, and characterisation of membrane transport proteins (also known as transporters).

Mathesius Group - Root microbe interactions - symbionts to parasites »

We are interested in the molecular mechanisms controlling nodule development in legumes, and how this is linked to other aspects of root architecture.

Meir Group - Tropical forest ecosystems »

Research in the Meir Group focuses on the functioning of tropical forest ecosystems, and how this varies in relation to climate, soils and species composition.

Mikheyev Group - Evolutionary genomics »

We are a new research group, interested in applying cutting-edge tools in genomics and bioinformatics to fundamental questions in evolutionary biology.

Millar Group - Plant RNA biology  »

Termed, Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation (PTGR) in the areas of MicroRNAs & RNA binding proteins (RBPs), is the predominant interest of the Millar group.

Moritz Group - Evolutionary biogeography & conservation »

Our research focuses on evolutionary biogeography; biodiversity discovery and conservation; biogeography speciation; and biological responses to climate change.

Noble Group - Animal ecophysiology and evolutionary ecology  »

Our research explores how early developmental experiences impact physiology and metabolic function.

Peakall Group - Pollination, evolution and conservation »

Our research spans reproductive ecology, genetics, phylogeny, biochemistry and chemical ecology.

Rowell Group - Population genetics, karyology and phylogeography of terrestrial invertebrates »

We study the mechanisms behind the proximal processes of evolution – those that lead to population differentiation, divergence and ultimately speciation.

Saliba Group - Physiology and biochemistry of the malaria parasite »

The Saliba Group is investigating vitamin utilisation pathways in the red blood cell stage of the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

Schwessinger Group - Plants, fungi, evolution »

Our Group focuses on questions around plant biosecurity in Australia by studying the interaction between plants and their fungal pathogen.

Stone Group - Quantitative and Computational Biology »

We study aspects of the evolutionary process, including mutational events, the genetic basis of fitness-related traits, and genetic variation.

Tcherkez Group - Plant metabolic fluxes and interactions »

Our research is focused on understanding plant metabolism, mostly using stable isotopes (13C, 15N, 33S) and metabolomics.

van Dooren Group - Cell biology and metabolism of apicomplexan parasites »

We study the basic biology of parasites, with the hope that such knowledge can be used in developing new treatment options against these formidable foes.

Verma Group - Bacterial and bacteriophage genetics, and vaccine development »

We investigate the molecular mechanism of the O-antigen modification in S. flexneri by studying the structure proteins responsible for these changes.

von Caemmerer Group - CO2 fixation and water loss of leaves »

We are investigating aspects of carbon acquisition by plants including the biochemistry of CO2 fixation and regulation of CO2 diffusion into and within leaves.

Whitney Group - Synthetic Photosynthesis - bioengineering enzymes to adjust carbon fixation »

We focus on the development and use of synthetic tools to scrutinize the biology of the most abundant protein, the photosynthetic CO2-fixing enzyme Rubisco.

Williams Group - Plant structural immunology »

We aim to understand the molecular basis of the interactions between plant hosts and the microorganisms, particularly fungi, that colonise them.

Zeil Group - Ecological neuroscience »

We are interested in insect navigation and the sensory, neural and behavioural adaptations that underpin navigational competence in insects.