Microbes are both vital and problematic. Without them our world couldn't exist, but some cause us monumental grief. Understanding microbes helps us manage our environment, stay healthy and look after our crops, livestock and food supplies. Genetic tools have given us powerful means to understand these invisible organisms that impact our lives in myriad ways.


Alex Andrianopoulos

Microbial and developmental genetics

Alexander Idnurm

Fungal biology

Justin Maire

Marine microbiology and coral reef conservation

Geoffrey McFadden

Malaria and endosymbiosis

Madeleine van Oppen

Marine ecology and evolution

Heroen Verbruggen

Marine genomics and microbiology

Robert Walker

Plant, soil and microbe interactions

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