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Our research projects explore diverse biological phenomena, ranging from molecular biology to ecosystems. Engage in cutting-edge research with a focus on innovation and real-world impact.

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One of the major effects of climate change is rising sea levels. This will have devastating effects for those who own million dollar waterfront properties, but it will have even greater effects on the animals that live in mangrove forests at the water’s edge.

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Exploring Australia’s diversity for pathogens of weeds Honours, Masters
Structural basis of Resolvin mediated GPCR signalling Not open to students.
New methods in phylogenetics Bachelor, Honours, PhD
A chytrid fungus nanobody toolkit and genetic transformation approaches Honours, Masters, PhD
A molecular view of Australian biodiversity - exploring insect genomes for major shifts in functional genes Not open to students.
A synthetic biology approach to supercharging plant CO2 fixation Honours, Bachelor, PhD
A unique non-human model for the evolution of musical tool use: drumming by the palm cockatoo Not open to students.
A yeast surface display nanobody factory Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Abiotic stress signalling, developmental programming and plant adaptation Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Acoustic communication in birds PhD
Agrochemical control of stress signalling pathways for enhanced stress tolerance Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Alarm signals and interspecific eavesdropping Not open to students.
Amazalert: raising the alert about critical feedbacks between climate and land use change in Amazonia Not open to students.
ANU International applicants for PhDs in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry PhD
Australian Mountain Research Facility (AMRF, ARC LIEF project) Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Bioinformatic / Computational methods Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Bioinformatics and gene discovery in wheat rust pathogens Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Biological controls on soil respiration and its climatic response across a large tropical elevation gradient Not open to students.
Biologically inspired membranes for the efficient desalination of water Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
C4 Rice Project Honours, PhD
Caenorhabditis elegans as a potential animal model to study host-pathogen interactions Masters, PhD
Can seedling screens of energy use efficiency in wheat transfer to yield in the field? Bachelor
Carotenoid derivatives as chloroplast signals Honours, PhD
Cellular adaptations that allow the transmission and survival of Plasmodium falciparum when taken up by the mosquito Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Characterisation of a new clade within the mitochondrial transcription termination factor (mTERF) family implicated in fertility restoration in plants. Bachelor
Characterising the Zymospetoria tritici - wheat interaction Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Characterizing the mRNA-protein “interactome” of plants Honours, Masters, PhD
Chromosome condensation and T cell development Not open to students.
Climate change and carbon gain in Antarctic mosses Not open to students.
Climate change and ecosystem structure, function and composition Not open to students.
Climate change and leaf-eating mammals Summer scholar, Honours
Co-evolution between Australian cuckoos and their hosts Not open to students.
CO2 acquisition by cyanobacteria and plants, & Synthetic Biology strategies for transplanting cyanobacterial CO2 Concentrating mechanism parts in crop plants Not open to students.
CO2 diffusion inside leaves Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Comparative genomics and development of corals Not open to students.
Comparative, meta-analytic and empirical approaches to understanding the impacts of developmental environments on life-history evolution PhD
Control of meristem differentiation and plant architecture in legumes Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Coordination of chloroplast signals with cellular secondary messengers during abiotic and biotic stresses Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Coping with temperature extremes: morphological constraints on leaf function in a warmer, drier climate Not open to students.
Coral development and comparative genomics Not open to students.
Coral regeneration Honours, PhD
Decrypting chloroplast signalling networks in C4 photosynthesis at cell type-resolution Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Delivery of virulence proteins by fungal rust pathogens Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Designing new channel inhibitors for treating chronic pain Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Developing molecular tools for functional analysis of microRNA-mediated gene silencing Honours, Masters, PhD
Development of a simple, inexpensive therapeutic cancer vaccine Honours, PhD
Development of the coral nervous system and its role in metamorphosis Not open to students.
Diseases of amino acid transport Not open to students.
Disentangling climate and evolutionary controls over the temperature-dependence of leaf respiration Not open to students.
Distinguishing among patterns of extinction and speciation through geological and climatic change Not open to students.
Drivers of climate change responses in the Australian Alps Honours, PhD
Duetting and female song in Australian passerines Not open to students.
Ecophysiology of salinity and temperature tolerance in a changing world Honours, PhD
Effector delivery by fungal rust pathogens Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Electron transport and ATP synthesis in chloroplasts Honours
Elucidating the role of plasmodesmata in wheat stripe rust fungal infection Summer scholar, Honours
Energy use and the plant canopy - measuring local respiration trends. Bachelor
Engineering microRNA pathways for broad-spectrum plant disease resistance. Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Engineering the secretory pathways of yeast Honours, Masters
Enhancing carotenoid levels in cereals by esterification Honours, PhD
Enhancing climate-resilience of ecological restoration Masters, PhD
Entropy, information theory and biodiversity Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Environmental effects on photosynthesis of species with the C3-C4 intermediate photosynthetic pathway Honours
Epigenetic integration of genomic and environmental information in honey bees Not open to students.
Epigenetics of brain plasticity Not open to students.
Erythrocyte membrane modifications during malaria infection Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Evolution of Australia's globally unique biodiversity hotspot PhD
Evolution of Varroa tolerance in feral honey bees PhD
Evolutionary biology of Australian reptiles and amphibians Honours, Masters, PhD
Evolutionary significance of early developmental environments: Interaction between maternal effects and offspring thermal environment on phenotypic development and fitness PhD
Evolving with sexually transmitted infections Honours, PhD
Examining Rubisco - Rubisco activase interactions. Not open to students.
Exploring the evolutionary protein landscape of Rubisco PhD
Expression of modified tobacco and foreign Rubiscos in tobacco chloroplasts Not open to students.
Factors impacting gene silencing efficacy in plants Honours, Masters, PhD
Flavonoid functions in nitrogen-fixing symbioses Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Function of molecular chaperones in the export and display of parasite proteins Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Functional characterisation of novel autotransporter proteins Honours, Bachelor
Fungal bioinformatics PhD
Genes, diet and environment Not open to students.
Genital evolution in insects Honours, PhD
Genome wide association mapping Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Global patterns of biodiversity Honours, PhD
Habitat quality as a driver of fisheries productivity on macroalgal reefs Not open to students.
Honours projects are now available to study a wide range of topics in biosecurity and pathogenesis Honours
HONOURS/MSC PROJECTS: Thermal tolerance and response to climate change in plants from extreme environments Bachelor, Honours, Masters
How do biological molecules distinguish between ions? Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
How do effector proteins from necrotrophic fungi cause disease in wheat Bachelor, Honours, PhD
How do RNA binding proteins find the right partner? Honours, Bachelor, PhD
Identification and characterisation of membrane transport proteins Not open to students.
Identification and functional characterisation of flax rust effectors Honours, Masters, PhD
Identification of 2000 novel protein isoforms in the human and mouse genomes Bachelor, PhD
Identification of molecular mechanisms of action and direct target genes of developmental signalling pathways in sponges PhD
Identification of target genes of developmental transcription factors Brachyury, Gata and Caudal in sponges PhD
Impact of early thermal environments on thermal behaviour and physiology in lizards Honours
Improving biological nitrogen fixation in legumes Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Improving C4 photosynthesis by genetic manipulation Honours, PhD
Improving drought tolerance in wheat by selectively inhibiting negative regulators of drought stress signalling Honours, PhD
Integrative taxonomy of Australian monsoonal herpetofauna Not open to students.
Investigating adaptive genomic variation underlying drought tolerance in Eucalyptus Bachelor
Investigating the genetic architecture of thermal acclimation of leaf energy metabolism using GWAS Honours, Masters, PhD
Ion homeostasis in the malaria parasite Not open to students.
Kin selection and competition in cooperative breeders Not open to students.
Laboratory overview Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Landscape genomics Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Linking intracellular communication to whole-plant stress responses Honours, PhD
Mapping the genetic mechanism of plasmodesmata formation and regulation to improve crops Summer scholar, Honours, Masters, PhD
Maternal effects and phenotypic development in lizards Honours
Membrane transport proteins of the malaria parasite and their roles in conferring drug resistance Not open to students.
Metagenomics and the analysis of microbial genomes Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
MicroRNA target recognition; the role of the target RNA secondary structure. Honours, Masters, PhD
Molecular evolution and Phylogenetics Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Molecular tools to reveal protein function and identify drug targets Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
New antibiotics that target membrane channels Not open to students.
New approaches to discovering biodiversity and understanding its response to climate change Not open to students.
New molecular targets for drugs to treat human and animal nematode parasites Not open to students.
Novel metabolite discovery and characterisation Honours, Masters, PhD
Novel nutrient/metabolite transporters in apicomplexan parasites Not open to students.
Nutrient acquisition in apicomplexan parasites Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Olfactory pattern recognition in nematodes Not open to students.
Optimising energy use efficiency to increase wheat yield PhD
Organic components of the coral skeleton Not open to students.
Overcoming limitations in engineering the Rubisco small subunits in higher plant chloroplasts. Not open to students.
Parent-offspring communication under the risk of predation Not open to students.
Patterns and correlates of extinction risk Honours, PhD
Peripheral isolates as hotbeds of adaptive diversity Not open to students.
PhD projects are now available to study a wide range of topics in biosecurity and pathogenesis Masters, PhD
PHD STUDENT RESEARCH - Ecology and ecophysiology in Australian desert and alpine plant species Honours, Masters, PhD
Phylogenetics of Eucalypt beetles Not open to students.
Phylogenomic assessment of conservation priorities in two biodiversity hotspots: The Pilbara and Kimberley Not open to students.
Phylogeny, biogeography and diversification of Australian plants Honours, PhD
Physics of pan evaporation Not open to students.
Physiological and molecular regulation of stomatal movement Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Plasmodium falciparum lipid metabolism as a target for malaria intervention strategies PhD
Projects in science education Honours, PhD
Protein function in plant immunity Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Rates of molecular evolution in parasites Honours, PhD
Re-assembly of biological communities during the Cenozoic Not open to students.
Redesign and engineering of the autotransporter β-barrel domain Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Regulation of chloroplast function via alternative splicing in the nucleus Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Responding to extreme climatic events Not open to students.
Role of poisonous plants in the foraging ecology of marsupials Summer scholar, Honours
Salinity tolerance along an aridity gradient: linking physiological processes with morphological constraints on leaf function in mangroves Not open to students.
Seed and seedling ecology and thermal biology Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Serotype-converting bacteriophages and O-antigen modification in Shigella flexneri Masters, PhD
Sexual selection in changing in environments Honours, PhD
Shigella virulence and vaccine development Masters, PhD
Skeleton formation in soft corals and calcareous sponges Honours, PhD
Speciation in co-evolved taxa: sexually-deceptive orchids and their mycorrhizal symbionts PhD
Species discovery and refugia in the monsoonal tropics Not open to students.
Sponge and coral microbiomes PhD
Spread of innovation in urban sulphur-crested cockatoos Bachelor, Honours, Masters
Statistical methods of sequence divergence Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Structural basis of drug resistance in the Malaria parasite Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Structural basis of Endometriosis Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Student projects - additional topics for the future Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Student research projects in CO2 fixation and water loss of leaves Honours, Bachelor, PhD
Student research projects in tumour immunology and liposome targeting Honours
Students opportunities in Sequeira Group Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Studies on the biochemical regulation of C3 and C4 photosynthesis Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Studying pathogen proteins that cause disease Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
SynBio enabled biosensors Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Synthetic biology to engineer novel disease resistance in cereal crops Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Synthetic nanotubes to mimic biological ion channels PhD
Targeting ion transport in apicomplexan parasites with new generation antimalarials Not open to students.
The biology of the mitochondrion of apicomplexan parasites Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
The causes and consequences of dispersal in seed beetles Honours, PhD
The causes and effects of mortality in tropical Australian trees Not open to students.
The directed evolution of RuBisCO Not open to students.
The ecological and molecular basis of pollinator-driven speciation in Australian orchids PhD
The ecology and evolution of aposematism Honours, PhD
The evolution of cooperative behaviour in Rabbit fish Honours, PhD
The evolution of genital size in mosquitofish Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
The evolution of mouth markings in estrildid finches Not open to students.
The evolution of song in female birds Not open to students.
The impact of climate change on inter-specific interactions Not open to students.
The molecular basis for plant susceptibility and immunity to Fusarium wilt disease Bachelor, Honours, PhD
The role of hormones in parental care Honours, PhD
The role of N-terminal post-translational modifications of the tobacco Rubisco large subunit Not open to students.
The role of RNA binding proteins in post-transcriptional gene regulation and plant biology. Honours, Masters, PhD
Thermal acclimation, metabolism and thermal physiology in lizards Honours
To what degree does autotransporter folding inside the bacterial cell resemble autotransporter folding in bulk solution? Honours, Masters, PhD
Transcriptome and genome sequencing of the coral, Acropora millepora Not open to students.
TREASURE (Teaching Research: Evaluating Assessment Strategies for Undergraduate Research Projects) Not open to students.
Tree water use, bushfires, and the implications for urban and rural water supplies Not open to students.
Understanding how drought affects the risk of increased mortality in tropical rain forests Not open to students.
Understanding how gram-negative bacteria respond to oxidative stress Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Understanding range limits and plant migration in response to climate change in Neotropical montane forests: moving from observational models to mechanisms Not open to students.
Understanding the molecular basis of fungal rust diseases in plants Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Understanding the pathogenesis of the urinary tract pathogen Proteus mirabilis Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Understanding the role of peptide hormones in determining root architecture Honours, Bachelor, PhD
Unlocking new genetic systems for hybrid breeding in wheat Bachelor
Unravelling novel Rubisco structures in algae PhD
Use of a tobacco Pathogenesis-related Protein-5 (PR-5) promoter: β glucuronidase (GUS) reporter system to study plant defence activation in response to phytohormones, abiotic stresses and biotic inducers. Honours, Masters, PhD
Vitamin utilisation by malaria parasites Bachelor, Honours, PhD
Vocal mimicry and display PhD
What are novel mechanisms for regulating transcription, RNA turnover and protein translation Honours, PhD
Wheat immunity and applied synthetic biology Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Why are biodiversity hotspots found where they are? Not open to students.
ANU team for Australasian Synthetic Biology Challenge 2021 Bachelor
ARC Future Fellowship - impacts of climate change on plant respiration Not open to students.
Bioinformatics Summer Scholarship projects Not open to students.
Can plants adapt their CO2-fixation capacity in response to climate change? Not open to students.
Cancer metabolism Not open to students.
Dissecting Rubisco catalysis in C3 and C4 plants Not open to students.
Ecological processes in evolutionary radiations Honours, PhD
Environmental drivers of growth and mortality in larval fishes Not open to students.
Evolution at extremes: Macroevolutionary responses to harsh environments Honours, PhD
How do effector proteins from necrotrophic fungi cause disease in plants Not open to students.
Improving nitrogen use efficiency in cereals Not open to students.
Leaf respiration under drought Honours, Bachelor, Masters, PhD
Multi-trait plasticity: understanding temperature response of alpine plants in a warming world (ARC Discovery 2017-20) Not open to students.
Novel small molecule regulators of animal development Not open to students.
Out of the darkness: predicting rates of respiration of illuminated leaves along nutrient gradients Not open to students.
Scrutinizing the influence of temperature on Rubisco catalysis Not open to students.
Sexual selection and the evolution of sex roles Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD
Sexual selection in the field cricket Teleogryllus commodus Not open to students.
SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS: Thermal tolerance and response to climate change in plants from extreme environments Not open to students.
The evolution and functional sigificance of leaf shape Not open to students.
The role of amino acids in diabetes Not open to students.
The role of phospholipid flippases in the immune system Not open to students.
Uncovering the hare microbiome Not open to students.