I use advanced computational and database approaches to investigate microbial genomes and their evolution.
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.
- Prof. Debashish Bhattacharya, Rutgers University (USA)
- Prof. David Burt, University of Queensland (Australia)
- Prof. David Miller, James Cook University (Australia)
- Prof. Madeleine van Oppen, Melbourne University (Australia)
- Dr David Bourne, James Cook University (Australia)
- Dr Ira Cooke, James Cook University (Australia)
- Dr Amin R Mohamed, CSIRO (Australia)
- Dr Pim Bongaerts, California Academy of Sciences (USA)
- Assoc. Prof. Christian Voolstra, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
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.
- Assoc. Prof. James Hogan, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
- Dr Paul Greenfield, CSIRO Bioinformatics, Sydney (Australia)
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.
- Dr Heroen Verbruggen, University of Melbourne (Australia)
- Prof. Gene Tyson, Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (Australia)
- Prof. Hwan Su Yoon, Sungkyunkwan University (Republic of Korea)
- Dr Jeferson Gross, São Paulo State University (Brazil)
- Dr Ana Paula Jacobus, São Paulo State University (Brazil)
- Assoc. Prof. Patrick Martone, University of British Columbia (Canada)
- Prof. Phaik Eem Lim, University of Malaya (Malaysia)
- Prof. Siew Moi Phang, University of Malaya (Malaysia)