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.
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.
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
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.
FULLY FUNDED PHD PROJECTS AVAILABLE!
Honours project investigating the origin and function of a novel receptor tyrosine kinase in Drosophila.
Third year genetics research project (GEN3990) student working on modelling an inborn error of metabolism and dietary manipulation in Drosophila.
Third year genetics research project (GEN3990) student investigating protein localisation of several terminal patterning factors using live and fixed confocal microscopy.
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”.
MSc (2018) Thesis entitled "Investigating the function of phospholipid flippases in Drosophila melanogaster".
MSc (2015) Thesis entitled "Identification of proteins that interact with Torso-like during Drosophila development".
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).