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

Phil Batterham

Neurogenetics, behaviour and systems biology in insects

Simon Baxter

Applied insect genetics

Jessica Dunleavy

Male reproductive biology, cell biology, spermatogenesis

Berit Ebert

Plant cell wall biosynthesis

Mary Familari

Developmental biology

Jane Fenelon

Reproductive and developmental biology

Alex Fournier-Level

Adaptive evolution

Stephen Frankenberg

Development, reproduction, genomics, genetic biocontrol and synthetic biology

Irene Gallego Romero

Human evolution and functional genomics

David Gardner

Reproductive biology

John Golz

Developmental regulation and translational research

Jason Goodger

Plant natural products

Mark Green

Reproductive biology

Alexandra Harvey

Embryonic stem cells

Mike Haydon

Plant cell signalling

Joshua Heazlewood

Plant glycomics

Brendan Houston

Genetics of male infertility, spermatogenesis and sperm function

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 and population genetics

Geoffrey McFadden

Malaria and endosymbiosis

Ed Newbigin

Pollen biology

Moira O'Bryan

Male infertility and germ cell biology

Andrew Pask

Evolution, development and reproduction

Marilyn Renfree

Reproductive and developmental biology

Charles Robin

Insect population genetics and molecular evolution

Marc Somssich

The Role of the Cell Wall in Plant Immunity

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

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