Molecular, cellular and developmental biology

Research groups within the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB) domain use genetic, biochemical, molecular and cellular approaches to investigate and manipulate fundamental biological processes across species that span the tree of life. Researchers study a broad range of species from viruses and bacteria to plants and animals. We share research strengths in plant biology, genetics and reproduction. We are united though the use of molecular approaches but have varied applications and model species which create a rich and interdisciplinary environment with a broad diversity of course and research offerings to students.


Alex Andrianopoulos

Microbial and developmental genetics

David Balding

Statistical genomics

Phil Batterham

Neurogenetics, behaviour and systems biology in insects

Simon Baxter

Applied pest control; pest biology

Michael Duffy

Malaria pathogenesis and nuclear biology

Berit Ebert

Plant cell wall biosynthesis

Mary Familari

Developmental biology

Jane Fenelon

Reproductive and developmental biology

Alex Fournier-Level

Adaptive evolution

Stephen Frankenberg

Mammalian early development and stem cells

Irene Gallego Romero

Human evolution and functional genomics

David Gardner

Reproductive biology

John Golz

Developmental regulation and translational research

Jason Goodger

Plant natural products

Christopher Dean Goodman

Malaria biology and host-vector interactions

Mark Green

Reproductive biology

Alexandra Harvey

Embryonic stem cells

Mike Haydon

Plant cell signalling

Joshua Heazlewood

Plant glycomics

Alexander Idnurm

Fungal biology

Alex Johnson

Plant and food biotechnology

Patricia Jusuf

Neural development and regeneration, and disease modelling and treatment screening

Edwin Lampugnani

Plant evolution and development

Stephen Leslie

Statistical Genetics/Genomics

Geoffrey McFadden

Malaria and endosymbiosis

Michael Murray

Developmental genetics of Drosophila

Ed Newbigin

Pollen biology

Andrew Pask

Evolution, development and reproduction

Trent Perry

Insecticide biology, neurogenetics, parasitic biology of the blowfly

Marilyn Renfree

Reproductive and developmental biology

Charles Robin

Insect population genetics and molecular evolution

Ute Roessner

Abiotic stress adaptation and tolerance

Marc Somssich

Plant-Fungal interactions and plant cell walls

Michael Stumpf

Theoretical systems biology

Gerard Tarulli

Reproductive and developmental biology

Allison Van de Meene

Plant cell biology using high-end microscopy techniques

Angela Van de Wouw

Plant pathogen interactions

Heroen Verbruggen

Marine genomics and microbiology

Robert Walker

Plant, soil and microbe interactions

Michelle Watt

Plant root system discovery and application to human and environmental challenges

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