Jacqueline Batley, University of Western Australia
Plant disease resistance genes play a critical role in providing resistance against pathogens. Hundreds of these genes are present within the genome, however the evolutionary history of these genes is not fully understood. Genome wide identification of these genes within and between species allows a study of which genes are core to a species or family and which have variable roles. We have projects to identify all these genes within Brassica species and wild relatives, perform comparative analyses and provide an understanding of the evolution of these genes and their role in disease resistance. As part of this we focus on pan -genomics.
Maja Adamska, ANU College of Science
Maja Adamska’s research interests are related to a set of fundamental and interconnected biological questions: How does a complex animal arise from a single cell during embryonic development? How did the first multicellular animals arise from their single-cell ancestors? What is the molecular basis of morphological diversity in the animal kingdom?
Simon Easteal, ANU College of Health and Medicine
Professor Easteal’s research focuses on the evolution of human diversity and the influence of our evolutionary past on our current heath and wellbeing. He researches: how environmental factors influence the function of the human genome; how the human genome has evolved in response to environmental change; how individual differences in genome structure modify environmental influences on development, ageing, performance and health; how differences in genome structure and function can indicate health status and biological functioning.