Find out more about our research groups below. Click here for details of our honorary group leader pages.
Adamska Group - Genomic and evolutionary basis of animal development »
Led by: Maja Adamska
Our research is aimed at uncovering the genetic and genomic basis of morphological complexity in animals, from both developmental and evolutionary perspectives.
Aplin Group - Cognitive Ecology »
Led by: Lucy Aplin
The Aplin lab studies cognition and social behaviour.
Atkin Group - Plant respiration in a changing world »
Led by: Owen Atkin
Atkin Group studies plant metabolic responses to environmental gradients, including how leaf respiration varies within and among biomes across the globe.
Ball (Marilyn) Group - Ecophysiology of salinity and freezing tolerance »
Led by: Marilyn Ball
We study how physiological adaptations and responses to environmental stresses affect the structure and functioning of plant communities.
Borevitz Group - Plant genomics for climate adaption »
Led by: Justin Borevitz
We study the genetic basis of Climate Adaptation in foundation plant species, using state of the art Genomic and Phenomic techniques
Brock Group - Membrane Structural & Synthetic Biology »
Led by: Joseph Brock
The Brock lab loves membrane proteins; looking at them in atomic detail, discovering new drug molecules, and engineering them to create new biosensors. Join us!
Broer Group - Membrane transport and nutrition »
Led by: Stefan Broer
Broer group studies the role of amino acid transport in the onset of insulin resistance and the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism.
Bromham Group - Macroevolution, molecular evolution & Language evolution »
Led by: Lindell Bromham
We use phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate the characteristics of lineages that influence the pattern and rate of genome evolution.
Byrt Group – Engineering plant membrane proteins and solute transport to increase yield security »
Led by: Caitlin Byrt
We work on engineering strategies to increase crop tolerance to salinity and drought, and to advance water filtration technology.
Cardillo Group - Macroevolution, Macroecology and Biogeography »
Led by: Marcel Cardillo
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?
Casarotto Group - Biomolecular Interactions »
Led by: Marco Casarotto
The Casarotto Group seeks to carry out research that explores how the structural properties of biological molecules can impact on the biological process.
Chan Group - Plant Organelle and Cellular Signalling »
Led by: Kai Chan
We aim to unravel molecular and biochemical mechanisms that enable plant cells to adapt to challenging environmental conditions
Cockburn Group - Evolutionary ecology »
Led by: Andrew Cockburn
Current work focuses on cooperative breeding of superb fairy-wrens and woodswallows.
Corry Group - Transport proteins and computational biophysics »
Led by: Professor Ben Corry
Corry group's research examines the structure and function of a family of pore forming proteins known as ion channels.
Danila Group – Plant Cell Biology and Intercellular Communication »
Led by: Florence Danila
Our group studies plasmodesmata to answer important plant science questions related to development, cellular transport, root biology, signalling and evolution.
Fahrer Group - Immunology »
Led by: Aude Fahrer
We are working on a very simple and inexpensive cancer immunotherapy treatment, and a bioinformatics study looking for novel proteins in different genomes.
Farine Group - Social evolutionary ecology »
Led by: Damien Farine
I am a behavioural and movement ecologist.
Farquhar Group - Coordination of CO2 fixation and transpiration in plants »
Led by: Graham Farquhar
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 »
Led by: Robert Furbank
Our research focuses on the identification of enhanced photosynthetic properties in crop and model plant germplasm, and improving C4 photosynthesis.
Furlong Group - Bacterial Structural Defence »
Led by: Emily Furlong
We use structural biology, biochemistry and microbiology techniques to investigate the function of proteins involved in bacterial redox pathways.
Head Group – Ecology and evolution of sex »
Led by: Megan Head
Research in the Head Group focuses on the evolution, ecology and physiology of sexual reproduction.
Howitt Group - Transporter structure and function »
Led by: Susan Howitt
Howitt group explores how transporters function and aim to understand their molecular mechanisms.
Huttley Group - Bioinformatics, molecular evolution of genomes »
Led by: Gavin Huttley
We focus on understanding what processes shape the distribution of genetic variation.The nature of our work is largely computational and statistical.
Jackson Group - SynBio »
Led by: Colin Jackson
Our research interests lie at the interface between biology, chemistry and physics
Jennions Group - Behavioural and reproductive ecology »
Led by: Michael Jennions
What do we do? We are interested in whole organism evolutionary biology, especially the evolution of behavioural and morphological reproductive traits.
Keogh Group - Evolutionary biology & ecology of reptiles and amphibians »
Led by: Professor Scott Keogh
My primary research interest is the study and evaluation of evolutionary processes and we work mostly on reptile and frog systems.
Lanfear Group - Mutation, molecular evolution and phylogenetics »
Led by: Robert Lanfear
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 »
Led by: Professor Naomi Langmore
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 »
Led by: Adele Lehane
We study membrane transport processes in the Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria.
Leyton Group - Assembly, function, and applications of nanoscale bacterial surface structures »
Led by: Denisse Leyton
We study how autotransporters are assembled into bacterial outer membranes, and how they function to mediate infection and disease once they get there.
Linde Group - Population genetics, evolution, phylogeography and molecular phylogenetics of fungi »
Led by: Celeste Linde
Our main research interest is in fungal-plant-interactions, both applied and pure research, on a range of important pathogens.
Magrath Group - Behavioural ecology; acoustic communication; ornithology »
Led by: Rob Magrath
We have broad interests in behavioural ecology, particularly acoustic communication and breeding biology in birds.
Maier Group - Molecular mechanisms of malaria pathogenesis »
Led by: Alexander Maier
The Maier Group focusses on the identification of molecules involved in malaria pathogenesis and transmission.
Marsh Group - Animal-plant interactions and nutritional ecology »
Led by: Karen Marsh
Our research is aimed at understanding how diet and nutrition influence wildlife physiology, behaviour, and habitat quality.
Masle Group - Environmental sensing, systemic signalling and development: plant resilience to drought and changing climate »
Led by: Josette Masle
The Masle group's central interest is on the interplay between genetic and environmental determinants of plant development and adaptation to stress.
Mathesius Group - Root microbe interactions - symbionts to parasites »
Led by: Ulrike Mathesius
We are interested in the molecular mechanisms controlling nodule development in legumes, and how this is linked to other aspects of root architecture.
Mikheyev Group - Evolutionary genomics »
Led by: Alexander Mikheyev
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 microRNA biology and disease resistance »
Led by: Tony Millar
The principal interest of the lab is gene silencing mediated by microRNAs, with a focus on microRNAs that control plant disease resistance.
Moritz Group - Evolutionary biogeography & conservation »
Led by: Craig Moritz
Our research focuses on evolutionary biogeography; biodiversity discovery and conservation; biogeography speciation; and biological responses to climate change.
Nicotra Group - Plant physiological ecology, plant evolutionary biology, reproductive ecology »
Led by: Adrienne Nicotra
We are interested in phenotypic plasticity - the range of forms a given genetic individual can exhibit under different environments.
Noble Group - Animal ecophysiology and evolutionary ecology »
Led by: Daniel Noble
Our research explores how early developmental experiences impact physiology and metabolic function.
Peakall Group - Pollination, evolution and conservation »
Led by: Rod Peakall
Our research spans reproductive ecology, genetics, phylogeny, biochemistry and chemical ecology.
Pogson Group - Chloroplast to nuclear signalling: light, drought and carotenoids »
Led by: Barry Pogson
The overarching theme of our research is to determine the controls and regulators of communication between the chloroplast and nucleus.
Rathjen Group - Plant immunity »
Led by: John Rathjen
Rathjen group focuses on all aspects of plant immunity, characterising the fascinating interplay between host and pathogen.
Rowell Group - Population genetics, karyology and phylogeography of terrestrial invertebrates »
Led by: Dave Rowell
We study the mechanisms behind the proximal processes of evolution – those that lead to population differentiation, divergence and ultimately speciation.
Ruan Group- Optimising Carbon Allocation for Development, Yield and Resilience »
Led by: Yong-Ling Ruan
Our research focuses on identifying molecular and biochemical bottlenecks.
Saliba Group - Physiology and biochemistry of the malaria parasite »
Led by: Kevin Saliba
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 »
Led by: Benjamin Schwessinger
Our Group focuses on questions around plant biosecurity in Australia by studying the interaction between plants and their fungal pathogen.
Sequeira Group - Statistical Modelling & Marine Megafauna Movement »
Led by: Ana M. M. Sequeira
Associate Professor Ana M. M. Sequeira, a marine ecologist based at ANU, leads breakthrough research in the field of marine megafauna movement and conservation.
Solomon Group - Wheat biosecurity »
Led by: Peter Solomon
The Solomon group focuses on pathogens of wheat that threaten food security and stability.
Spry Group - Drug discovery for infectious diseases »
Led by: Christina Spry
The Spry group focuses on validating new drug targets and identifying new drugs to combat key pathogenic microbes responsible for human disease.
Stone Group - Quantitative and Computational Biology »
Led by: Eric Stone
We study aspects of the evolutionary process, including mutational events, the genetic basis of fitness-related traits, and genetic variation.
van Dooren Group - Cell biology and metabolism of apicomplexan parasites »
Led by: Giel van Dooren
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.
Way Group - Plant Ecophysiology and Global Change Biology »
Led by: Danielle Way
One of the most pressing concerns in biology is whether we can predict how plants and ecosystems will respond to climate change.
Whitney Group - Synthetic Photosynthesis - bioengineering enzymes to adjust carbon fixation »
Led by: Spencer Whitney
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 »
Led by: Dr Simon Williams
We aim to understand the molecular basis of the interactions between plant hosts and the microorganisms, particularly fungi, that colonise them.