Dr Camilla Whittington

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

A08 - Heydon-Laurence Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8621

Website Camilla Whittington

Biographical details

February 2016 - Present. Research Fellow, Sydney School of Veterinary Science / School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney

February 2013 - January 2016. Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney

August 2011 - February 2013. Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland

July 2009 - July 2010. Fulbright Scholar, Washington University School of Medicine, MO, USA

2007 - 2011. Doctor of Philosophy; thesis entitled "Evolution of venom: gene discovery in the platypus", Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney

2003 - 2006. Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons I, University Medal), The University of Sydney

Research interests

My research aims to link genotype to phenotype to understand the genetic basis of complex evolutionary innovations. Please visit my full website for more information.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Understanding evolution Mohammad Sadequr Rahman KHAN

Current projects

Awards and honours

2016

Faculty of Veterinary Science, Highly Commended Certificate - for research that has made a significant impact in the field

2016

Australian L’Oreal - UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowship

2015

NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award

In the media

702 ABC Sydney spoke to Dr Camilla Whittington from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about her research on male seahorse pregnancies Nov 2016

The Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Canberra Times reported the University of Sydney has gained two out of three Australian L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships

Oct 2016

Quoted on the genetic basis of specific traits on SBS Online

May 2016

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Whittington, C., Belov, K. (2014). The Platypus: A Venomous Mammal. In P. Gopalakrishnakone, Juan J. Calvete (Eds.), Toxinology: Venom Genomics and Proteomics, (pp. 1-13). Dordrecht: Springer. [More Information]

Journals

  • Rollings, N., Uhrig, E., Krohmer, R., Waye, H., Mason, R., Olsson, M., Whittington, C., Friesen, C. (2017). Age-related sex differences in body condition and telomere dynamics of red-sided garter snakes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284, 20162146. [More Information]
  • Griffith, O., Brandley, M., Whittington, C., Belov, K., Thompson, M. (2017). Comparative genomics of hormonal signaling in the chorioallantoic membrane of oviparous and viviparous amniotes. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 244, 19-29. [More Information]
  • Griffith, O., Brandley, M., Whittington, C., Belov, K., Thompson, M. (2017). Comparative genomics of hormonal signaling in the chorioallantoic membrane of oviparous and viviparous amniotes. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 244, 19-29. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Danastas, K., Grau, G., Murphy, C., Thompson, M. (2017). Expression of VEGF111 and other VEGF-A variants in the rat uterus is correlated with stage of pregnancy. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 187(2), 353-360. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Danastas, K., Grau, G., Murphy, C., Thompson, M. (2017). Expression of VEGF111 and other VEGF-A variants in the rat uterus is correlated with stage of pregnancy. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 187(2), 353-360. [More Information]
  • Hendrawan, K., Whittington, C., Brandley, M., Belov, K., Thompson, M. (2017). The Regulation of Uterine Proinflammatory Gene Expression during Pregnancy in the Live-Bearing Lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 328B, 334-346. [More Information]
  • Giraudeau, M., Friesen, C., Sudyka, J., Rollings, N., Whittington, C., Wilson, M., Olsson, M. (2016). Ageing and the cost of maintaining coloration in the Australian painted dragon. Biology Letters, 12(7), 1-4. [More Information]
  • Griffith, O., Blackburn, D., Brandley, M., Van Dyke, J., Whittington, C., Thompson, M. (2015). Ancestral state reconstructions require biological evidence to test evolutionary hypotheses: A case study examining the evolution of reproductive mode in squamate reptiles. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 324(6), 493-503. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Griffith, O., Qi, W., Thompson, M., Wilson, A. (2015). Seahorse Brood Pouch Transcriptome Reveals Common Genes Associated with Vertebrate Pregnancy. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(12), 3114-3131. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Grau, G., Murphy, C., Thompson, M. (2015). Unusual angiogenic factor plays a role in lizard pregnancy but is not unique to viviparity. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 324B (2), 152-158. [More Information]
  • Wilson, A., Whittington, C., Bahr, A. (2014). High intralocus variability and interlocus recombination promote immunological diversity in a minimal major histocompatibility system. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Belov, K. (2014). Tracing Monotreme Venom Evolution in the Genomics Era. Toxins, 6, 1260-1273. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Musolf, K., Sommer, S., Wilson, A. (2013). Behavioural cues of reproductive status in seahorses Hippocampus abdominalis. Journal of Fish Biology, 83(1), 220-226. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Wilson, A. (2013). The role of prolactin in fish reproduction. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 191, 123-136. [More Information]
  • Wong, E., Papenfuss, A., Whittington, C., Warren, W., Belov, K. (2012). A Limited Role for Gene Duplications in the Evolution of Platypus venom. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29(1), 167-177. [More Information]
  • Wong, E., Morgenstern, D., Mofiz, E., Gombert, S., Morris, K., Temple-Smith, P., Renfree, M., Whittington, C., King, G., Warren, W., Belov, K., et al (2012). Proteomics and deep sequencing comparison of seasonally active venom glands in the platypus reveals novel venom peptides and distinct expression profiles. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, 11(11), 1354-1364. [More Information]
  • Sommer, S., Whittington, C., Wilson, A. (2012). Standardised classification of pre-release development in male-brooding pipefish, seahorses, and seadragons (Family Syngnathidae). BMC Developmental Biology, 12(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Sommer, S., Whittington, C., Wilson, A. (2012). Standardised classification of pre-release development in male-brooding pipefish, seahorses, and seadragons (Family Syngnathidae). BMC Developmental Biology, 12(39). [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Locke, D., Mardis, E., Wilson, R., Abubucker, S., Mitreva, M., Wong, E., Hsu, A., Kuchel, P., Belov, K., et al (2010). Novel venom gene discovery in the platypus. Genome Biology, 11(9), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Yuasa, H., Ball, H., Ho, Y., Austin, C., Whittington, C., Belov, K., Maghzal, G., Jermiin, L., Hunt, N. (2009). Characterization and evolution of vertebrate indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenases (IDOs) from monotremes and marsupials. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 153(2), 137-144. [More Information]
  • Wong, E., Sanderson, C., Deakin, J., Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Belov, K. (2009). Identification of natural killer cell receptor clusters in the platypus genome reveals an expansion of C-type lectin genes. Immunogenetics, 61, 565-579. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Sharp, J., Papenfuss, A., Belov, K. (2009). No evidence of expression of Two Classes of Natural Antibiotics (cathelicidins and defensins) in a sample of Platypus Milk. Australian Journal of Zoology, 57(4), 211-217. [More Information]
  • Zhao, Y., Cui, H., Whittington, C., Wei, Z., Zhang, X., Zhang, Z., Yu, L., Ren, L., Hu, X., Zhang, Y., Belov, K., et al (2009). Ornithorhynchus anatinus (Platypus) Links the Evolution of Immunoglobulin Genes in Eutherian Mammals and Nonmammalian Tetrapods. The Journal of Immunology, 183(2), 3285-3293. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Belov, K. (2009). Platypus venom genes expressed in non-venom tissues. Australian Journal of Zoology, 57(4), 199-202. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Koh, J., Warren, W., Papenfuss, A., Torres, A., Kuchel, P., Belov, K. (2009). Understanding and utilising mammalian venom via a platypus venom transcriptome. Journal of Proteomics, 72(2), 155-164. [More Information]
  • Veyrunes, F., Waters, P., Miethke, P., Rens, W., McMillan, D., Alsop, A., Grutzer, F., Deakin, J., Whittington, C., Schatzkamer, K., et al (2008). Bird-like sex chromosomes of platypus imply recent origin of mammal sex chromosomes. Genome Research, 18, 965-973. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Bansal, P., Torres, A., Wong, E., Deakin, J., Graves, T., Alsop, A., Schatzkamer, K., Kremitzki, C., Kuchel, P., Belov, K., et al (2008). Defensins and the convergent evolution of platypus and reptile venom genes. Genome Research, 18(6), 986-994. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Kuchel, P., Belov, K. (2008). Expression patterns of Platypus defensin and related venom genes across a range of tissue types reveal the possibility of broader functions for OvDLPs than previously suspected. Toxicon, 52, 559-565. [More Information]
  • Warren, W., Hillier, L., Marshall Graves, J., Birney, E., Ponting, C., Grutzner, F., Belov, K., Miller, W., Clarke, L., Chinwalla, A., Whittington, C., Wong, E., et al (2008). Genome analysis of the platypus reveals unique signatures of evolution. Nature, 453, 175-184. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Belov, K. (2007). Platypus venom: a review. Australian Mammalogy, 29(1), 57-62.

Conferences

  • Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Moran, C., Warren, W., Belov, K. (2013). Evolution of venom: gene discovery in the platypus. Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc Annual Conference Sydney - Genetics in the Harbour City, Sydney: Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Inc.
  • Whittington, C., Griffith, O., Wilson, A. (2013). Genomics and evolution of male pregnancy in seahorses and pipefish. Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc Annual Conference Sydney - Genetics in the Harbour City, Sydney: Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Inc.

2017

  • Rollings, N., Uhrig, E., Krohmer, R., Waye, H., Mason, R., Olsson, M., Whittington, C., Friesen, C. (2017). Age-related sex differences in body condition and telomere dynamics of red-sided garter snakes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 284, 20162146. [More Information]
  • Griffith, O., Brandley, M., Whittington, C., Belov, K., Thompson, M. (2017). Comparative genomics of hormonal signaling in the chorioallantoic membrane of oviparous and viviparous amniotes. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 244, 19-29. [More Information]
  • Griffith, O., Brandley, M., Whittington, C., Belov, K., Thompson, M. (2017). Comparative genomics of hormonal signaling in the chorioallantoic membrane of oviparous and viviparous amniotes. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 244, 19-29. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Danastas, K., Grau, G., Murphy, C., Thompson, M. (2017). Expression of VEGF111 and other VEGF-A variants in the rat uterus is correlated with stage of pregnancy. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 187(2), 353-360. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Danastas, K., Grau, G., Murphy, C., Thompson, M. (2017). Expression of VEGF111 and other VEGF-A variants in the rat uterus is correlated with stage of pregnancy. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 187(2), 353-360. [More Information]
  • Hendrawan, K., Whittington, C., Brandley, M., Belov, K., Thompson, M. (2017). The Regulation of Uterine Proinflammatory Gene Expression during Pregnancy in the Live-Bearing Lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 328B, 334-346. [More Information]

2016

  • Giraudeau, M., Friesen, C., Sudyka, J., Rollings, N., Whittington, C., Wilson, M., Olsson, M. (2016). Ageing and the cost of maintaining coloration in the Australian painted dragon. Biology Letters, 12(7), 1-4. [More Information]

2015

  • Griffith, O., Blackburn, D., Brandley, M., Van Dyke, J., Whittington, C., Thompson, M. (2015). Ancestral state reconstructions require biological evidence to test evolutionary hypotheses: A case study examining the evolution of reproductive mode in squamate reptiles. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 324(6), 493-503. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Griffith, O., Qi, W., Thompson, M., Wilson, A. (2015). Seahorse Brood Pouch Transcriptome Reveals Common Genes Associated with Vertebrate Pregnancy. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(12), 3114-3131. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Grau, G., Murphy, C., Thompson, M. (2015). Unusual angiogenic factor plays a role in lizard pregnancy but is not unique to viviparity. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 324B (2), 152-158. [More Information]

2014

  • Wilson, A., Whittington, C., Bahr, A. (2014). High intralocus variability and interlocus recombination promote immunological diversity in a minimal major histocompatibility system. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Belov, K. (2014). The Platypus: A Venomous Mammal. In P. Gopalakrishnakone, Juan J. Calvete (Eds.), Toxinology: Venom Genomics and Proteomics, (pp. 1-13). Dordrecht: Springer. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Belov, K. (2014). Tracing Monotreme Venom Evolution in the Genomics Era. Toxins, 6, 1260-1273. [More Information]

2013

  • Whittington, C., Musolf, K., Sommer, S., Wilson, A. (2013). Behavioural cues of reproductive status in seahorses Hippocampus abdominalis. Journal of Fish Biology, 83(1), 220-226. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Moran, C., Warren, W., Belov, K. (2013). Evolution of venom: gene discovery in the platypus. Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc Annual Conference Sydney - Genetics in the Harbour City, Sydney: Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Inc.
  • Whittington, C., Griffith, O., Wilson, A. (2013). Genomics and evolution of male pregnancy in seahorses and pipefish. Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc Annual Conference Sydney - Genetics in the Harbour City, Sydney: Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Inc.
  • Whittington, C., Wilson, A. (2013). The role of prolactin in fish reproduction. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 191, 123-136. [More Information]

2012

  • Wong, E., Papenfuss, A., Whittington, C., Warren, W., Belov, K. (2012). A Limited Role for Gene Duplications in the Evolution of Platypus venom. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29(1), 167-177. [More Information]
  • Wong, E., Morgenstern, D., Mofiz, E., Gombert, S., Morris, K., Temple-Smith, P., Renfree, M., Whittington, C., King, G., Warren, W., Belov, K., et al (2012). Proteomics and deep sequencing comparison of seasonally active venom glands in the platypus reveals novel venom peptides and distinct expression profiles. Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, 11(11), 1354-1364. [More Information]
  • Sommer, S., Whittington, C., Wilson, A. (2012). Standardised classification of pre-release development in male-brooding pipefish, seahorses, and seadragons (Family Syngnathidae). BMC Developmental Biology, 12(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Sommer, S., Whittington, C., Wilson, A. (2012). Standardised classification of pre-release development in male-brooding pipefish, seahorses, and seadragons (Family Syngnathidae). BMC Developmental Biology, 12(39). [More Information]

2010

  • Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Locke, D., Mardis, E., Wilson, R., Abubucker, S., Mitreva, M., Wong, E., Hsu, A., Kuchel, P., Belov, K., et al (2010). Novel venom gene discovery in the platypus. Genome Biology, 11(9), 1-13. [More Information]

2009

  • Yuasa, H., Ball, H., Ho, Y., Austin, C., Whittington, C., Belov, K., Maghzal, G., Jermiin, L., Hunt, N. (2009). Characterization and evolution of vertebrate indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenases (IDOs) from monotremes and marsupials. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 153(2), 137-144. [More Information]
  • Wong, E., Sanderson, C., Deakin, J., Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Belov, K. (2009). Identification of natural killer cell receptor clusters in the platypus genome reveals an expansion of C-type lectin genes. Immunogenetics, 61, 565-579. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Sharp, J., Papenfuss, A., Belov, K. (2009). No evidence of expression of Two Classes of Natural Antibiotics (cathelicidins and defensins) in a sample of Platypus Milk. Australian Journal of Zoology, 57(4), 211-217. [More Information]
  • Zhao, Y., Cui, H., Whittington, C., Wei, Z., Zhang, X., Zhang, Z., Yu, L., Ren, L., Hu, X., Zhang, Y., Belov, K., et al (2009). Ornithorhynchus anatinus (Platypus) Links the Evolution of Immunoglobulin Genes in Eutherian Mammals and Nonmammalian Tetrapods. The Journal of Immunology, 183(2), 3285-3293. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Belov, K. (2009). Platypus venom genes expressed in non-venom tissues. Australian Journal of Zoology, 57(4), 199-202. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Koh, J., Warren, W., Papenfuss, A., Torres, A., Kuchel, P., Belov, K. (2009). Understanding and utilising mammalian venom via a platypus venom transcriptome. Journal of Proteomics, 72(2), 155-164. [More Information]

2008

  • Veyrunes, F., Waters, P., Miethke, P., Rens, W., McMillan, D., Alsop, A., Grutzer, F., Deakin, J., Whittington, C., Schatzkamer, K., et al (2008). Bird-like sex chromosomes of platypus imply recent origin of mammal sex chromosomes. Genome Research, 18, 965-973. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Bansal, P., Torres, A., Wong, E., Deakin, J., Graves, T., Alsop, A., Schatzkamer, K., Kremitzki, C., Kuchel, P., Belov, K., et al (2008). Defensins and the convergent evolution of platypus and reptile venom genes. Genome Research, 18(6), 986-994. [More Information]
  • Whittington, C., Papenfuss, A., Kuchel, P., Belov, K. (2008). Expression patterns of Platypus defensin and related venom genes across a range of tissue types reveal the possibility of broader functions for OvDLPs than previously suspected. Toxicon, 52, 559-565. [More Information]
  • Warren, W., Hillier, L., Marshall Graves, J., Birney, E., Ponting, C., Grutzner, F., Belov, K., Miller, W., Clarke, L., Chinwalla, A., Whittington, C., Wong, E., et al (2008). Genome analysis of the platypus reveals unique signatures of evolution. Nature, 453, 175-184. [More Information]

2007

  • Whittington, C., Belov, K. (2007). Platypus venom: a review. Australian Mammalogy, 29(1), 57-62.

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