Genomic diversity and adaptation of platypuses


This project focuses on the diversity of adaptive genes in the platypus.


Dr Jaime Gongora

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Sydney School of Veterinary Science

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This project will focus on the diversity of adaptive genes important for energy balance, metabolism, reproduction and immune response in the platypus. The aim is to analyse adaptive genes using ~60 entire genomes from platypuses from the Australian mainland and Tasmania/King Island. There is also scope to apply this knowledge to a conservation platypus project that assesses the impact of dams in gene flow between platypus populations. This project will involve bioinformatic analyses of genome sequence data and DNA capture approaches. 

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International students interested in this project could apply for IPRS scholarships (  and local students for APA/UPA scholarships ( This project is partially funded by an ARC-Linkage grant (A stitch in time: evidence-based strategy to keep platypus from extinction) in collaboration with UNSW including Prof Richard Kingsford and Prof William Sherwin

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Platypus Bioinformatics Reproduction Immune Metabolism

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2113

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