Current research

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.

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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.

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