Linda Shearwin

Dr Linda Shearwin

Post-Doctoral Research Officer

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - 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. 

I lead the Genetics 3111 Practical Component in Genes, Genomes and Molecular Evolution III course that is associated with Prof. Frank Grützner's lecture series. I co-supervised a Masters in Biotechnology student in 2019 and am currently co-supervising a Doctor of Philosophy Student. 

  • Position: Post-Doctoral Research Officer
  • Phone: 83137513
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 4362
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Molecular Life Sciences, floor 2
  • Room: 2 13
  • Org Unit: Molecular and Biomedical Science

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