Dr Linda Shearwin
ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
My research career has focussed on the identification of genes and their functional characterisation using bioinformatic, molecular and synthetic biology techniques. I have also spent four years teaching and developing curriculum for the Masters in Biotechnology, Biomedical course from the inception of this program in the School of Biological Sciences (2012-2015). Currently in the Laboratory of Comparative Genome Biology, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Science, my research centres on the molecular analysis of monotremes, egg-laying mammals which diverged 166 million years ago from other mammals. The platypus and echidna are the only living representatives of this group and as such provide a unique system in which to study mammalian evolution. Research in the Laboratory of Comparative Genome Biology, led by Prof. Frank Grützner, has shown that monotremes have a unique sex determination system not found in other mammals. I am studying the chromosomes and candidate genes which control sex determination in these iconic Australian mammals.
Year Citation 2019 Shearwin-Whyatt, L. M., Nguyen, N. M. H., Zhou, Q., Zhang, G., & Grützner, F. (2019). Analysis of novel Y-specific genes in monotremes. In 6th Australian Sex Summit. Lancefield, Victoria. 2002 Korbmacher, C., Konstas, A. A., Shearwin-Whyatt, L. M., Fotia, A. B., Degger, B., Riccardi, D., . . . Kumar, S. (2002). The epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) is regulated by N4WBP5A, a novel Nedd4/Nedd4-2-interacting protein.. In JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY Vol. 13 (pp. 21A-22A). AMER SOC NEPHROLOGY. 1998 Rathjen, P. D., Lake, J., Whyatt, L. M., Bettess, M. D., & Rathjen, J. (1998). Properties and uses of embryonic stem cells: Prospects for application to human biology and gene therapy. In Reproduction, Fertility and Development Vol. 10 (pp. 31-47). ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA: C S I R O PUBLICATIONS.
DOI Scopus87 WoS77 Europe PMC43
I currently co-supervise an Honours student and a Doctor of Philosophy Student.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Co-Supervisor Investigating the sex determining genes and the evolution of sex chromosomes in Monotremes Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Rachel Emily van der Ploeg
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Evolution and Organization of Monotreme Sex Chromosomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Filip Pajpach
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