Unveiling the genomic basis of diversity and adaptation in the platypus


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


Dr Jaime Gongora

Research Location

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Program Type



This project will focus on the diversity and selection of adaptive genes important for energy balance, metabolism, reproduction and immune response using genomes from platypuses from across Australia. There is also scope to apply this knowledge to a project on platypus conservation that assesses the impact of dams on gene flow and expression levels between platypus populations. This project will involve bioinformatic analyses of genome and RNA sequence data.

Additional Information

International students interested in this project could apply for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship and/or Stipend Scholarship (International - formerly IPRS). Details and selection criteria can be found at http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/postgraduate/international-postgraduate-scholarships.shtml There may be other scholarship opportunities which can be accessed through the same link.  Local students could apply for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship and/or University of Sydney Postgraduate Award (UPA) at http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/research/research-training-program.shtml  Some components of this project will be undertaken in collaboration with the University of Oxford (Prof Peter Donnelly) while others are part of a collaborative ARC-Linkage grant (A stitch in time: evidence-based strategy to keep platypus from extinction) with the University of New South Wales (Prof Richard Kingsford, Dr Tom Grant and Prof William Sherwin).

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platypus, adaptive genes

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2297

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