Research groups

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.