Dr Thomas Ferenci

School of Molecular Bioscience

G08 - Biochemistry Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 4277
F: +61 2 9351 4571

Research interests

Projects in the ferenci lab:

1. Experimental evolution to study genomic and regulatory adaptations changing the fitness and diversity of bacterial populations.

e.g. MAHARJAN et al., (2012) The multiplicity of divergence mechanisms in a single evolving population. Genome Biol. 13:R41


2. Trade-offs and controlled resource allocations contributing to the emergence of bacterial diversity.

e.g. GUDELJ et al. (2010) An integrative approach to understanding microbial diversity: from intracellular mechanisms to community structure. Ecology Letters 13, 1073–1084.


3. Defining unique adaptational fingerprints that permit the identification of the environmental origins of bacteria.

e.g. RYALL et al., (2012) Culture history and population heterogeneity as determinants of bacterial adaptation: the adaptomics of a single environmental transition. MMBR 76, 597-625.

International links

France. (Laboratoire Adaptation et Pathogénie des Microorganismes, CNRS UMR5163 Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble France) Collaborative research on the movement of insertion sequences in evolving populations. With D. Schneider.
Brazil. (Departamento de Microbiologia Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Universidade de São Paulo Brasil) Collaborative research on the diversity of regulatory trade-offs within a species. With B. Spira.
China. (TEDA School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnolgy, Nankai University, Tianjin, P.R.China) Collaborative research on the genomics of evolving populations. With L. Wang.
United Kingdom. (Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London and Biosciences, University of Exeter UK) Collaborative analysis, using mathematical models, of the role of trade-offs in bacterial diversity. With I. Gudelj.