Bioinformatics and bio-mathematical modelling

Using mathematical approaches to biological problems underpins many research approaches to understand how plants operate. This approach applies to many aspects of plant biology, ranging from understanding genetic information content, function of molecular & cellular processes, plant-environment interactions and global climate change models.

Project Groups
Acacia evolution: why do some species evolve faster than others?
New methods in phylogenetics
Reading the history of mutations in individual plants
Bioinformatic / Computational methods
Bioinformatics and gene discovery in wheat rust pathogens
Bioinformatics Summer Scholarship projects
Biologically inspired membranes for the efficient desalination of water
C4 Rice Project
Can cooperative species better handle environmental variability?
Characterising the Zymospetoria tritici - wheat interaction
Comparative, meta-analytic and empirical approaches to understanding the impacts of developmental environments on life-history evolution
Computational models of nerve conduction
Conservation Genetics of the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect
Coral development and comparative genomics
Coral regeneration
Designing new channel inhibitors for treating chronic pain
Detection of fungal pathogens and their associated microbiome
Do repetitive elements contribute to variation in chromosome structure between populations?
Domestic applicants for PhDs in Ecology & Evolution
Ecological processes in evolutionary radiations
Entropy, information theory and biodiversity
Evolution at extremes: Macroevolutionary responses to harsh environments
Fungal bioinformatics
Fungal genomics, evolution, and host adaptation
Genome wide association mapping
Have megajournals changed the way that science is done?
Honours projects are now available to study a wide range of topics in biosecurity and pathogenesis
How do biological molecules distinguish between ions?
How do climate-related changes in tidal patterns affect the foraging time and breeding behaviour of shorebirds?
How do RNA binding proteins find the right partner?
Identification and characterisation of membrane transport proteins
Identification and functional characterisation of flax rust effectors
Identification of 2000 novel protein isoforms in the human and mouse genomes
Identification of molecular mechanisms of action and direct target genes of developmental signalling pathways in sponges
Identification of target genes of developmental transcription factors Brachyury, Gata and Caudal in sponges
Identifying general rules why species differ in their sensitivity to climate variability
Investigating adaptive genomic variation underlying drought tolerance in Eucalyptus
Kin selection and competition in cooperative breeders
Leaf respiration under drought
Metagenomics and the analysis of microbial genomes
Molecular evolution and Phylogenetics
Out of the darkness: predicting rates of respiration of illuminated leaves along nutrient gradients
PhD projects are now available to study a wide range of topics in biosecurity and pathogenesis
Phylogenomic assessment of conservation priorities in two biodiversity hotspots: The Pilbara and Kimberley
Rates of molecular evolution in parasites
Rust resistance in Australian Myrtaceae
Species discovery and refugia in the monsoonal tropics
Sponge and coral microbiomes
Statistical methods of sequence divergence
Student opportunities in molecular analysis of CO2 acquisition by cyanobacteria
Student projects - additional topics for the future
Studying pathogen proteins that cause disease
SynBio enabled biosensors
The role of hormones in parental care
The transport game – modelling the physiology of cells
Uncovering the hare microbiome
Understanding the proteins responsible for our sense of touch
Using approximate Bayesian computation to infer ancestral population size of pre-Columbian North American human populations
Using computer vision and machine learning to study honey bee behavior
Wolbachia infection of honey bee parasites