What we do


Genomics and evolution of coral reef symbionts

De novo genome sequencing and analysis of the coral reef symbionts: the dinoflagellates of family Symbiodiniaceae, through the Reef Future Genomics (ReFuGe) 2020 Consortium’s Sea-quence Project and subsequent Discovery Projects funded by the Australian Research Council. We are interested in the evolutionary transition of dinoflagellates from free-living to establishing symbiosis with corals.


  • ReFuGe 2020 (2013-2016)
  • Australian Research Council DP150101875 (2015-2018)
  • Australian Research Council DP190102474 (2019-2021)
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    Scalable phylogenomics using alignment-free methods

    Highly scalable phylogenomic approaches are needed to make evolutionary sense of the on-going deluge of sequence data. We are exploring the use of alignment-free methods in large-scale phylogenomic inference of microbial evolution as networks, beyond the conventional tree-like assumption of evolutionary history.

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    Microbial ecology and evolution

    We are interested in the innovation of microbial genomes due to adaptation, both in short-term e.g. development of antibiotic-resistance in bacteria, and in long term e.g. microbial adaptation to extreme environments, as well as the dynamics of genome evolution as impacted by endosymbiosis.


  • Australian Research Council DP150100705 (2015-2018)
  • UQ-UNESP Academic Exchange (2017/2018, 2018/2019)
  • UQ-FAPESP Strategic Fund SPRINT (2018/2019)
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