staff

Dr TRavis Johnson - group leader

Travis received his PhD (Genetics) in 2010. ARC DECRA Fellow 2015-2017. Lecturer (Genetics) and Group Leader in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. Travis is interested in identifying and characterising novel signalling mechanisms used during development, and using flies as a powerful means of studying the underlying bases of human diseases. His work uses high-end imaging instruments and techniques (e.g. confocal and electron microscopy, etc), sophisticated genetic technologies (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis), and molecular and genomic approaches to screen for novel genes that influence developmental processes.

Email: travis.johnson@monash.edu

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KARYN Moore - SENIOR research assistant

Karyn specialises in Drosophila genetics and works on the terminal patterning and embryo imaging projects in collaboration with Prof James Whisstock and Assoc Prof Alex De Marco.


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DR HUNG-wei sung - senior research assistant

Hung-wei has a PhD (University of Heidelberg) in Drosophila genetics and works on the terminal patterning and embryo imaging projects in collaboration with Prof James Whisstock and Assoc Prof Alex De Marco.


phd and msc students

 
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daniel bakopoulos

Daniel completed his BSc (Hons) in 2016. His PhD studies investigate the function and biochemical mechanism of the Perforin-like protein Torso-like in early embryo patterning and during larval hematopoiesis.

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Undergraduate students

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SARAH MELE

Honours project investigating the origin and function of a novel receptor tyrosine kinase in Drosophila.

Henry Zhou

Third year genetics research project (GEN3990) student working on modelling an inborn error of metabolism and dietary manipulation in Drosophila.

Julia Pyne

Third year genetics research project (GEN3990) student investigating protein localisation of several terminal patterning factors using live and fixed confocal microscopy.


past students

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melissa saligari

PhD (2018) Melissa is currently making amendments after passing her PhD. Congrats Mel! Mel’s thesis is entitled “Investigating the function of MACPF proteins in development and growth using Drosophila melanogaster”.

michelle pearce

MSc (2018) Thesis entitled "Investigating the function of phospholipid flippases in Drosophila melanogaster".

 

 

Alex Johns

MSc (2015) Thesis entitled "Identification of proteins that interact with Torso-like during Drosophila development".

 

Michelle Henstridge

PhD (2014) Thesis entitled "Localised control of Torso receptor tyrosine kinase activation in Drosophila terminal patterning". Awarded the Vice Chancellor’s commendation for thesis excellence. Michelle is now an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at Monash University (Mirth Lab).