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.
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. 1998 Rathjen, P., Lake, J., Whyatt, L., Bettess, M., & 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 Scopus84 WoS75 Europe PMC42
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.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 Co-Supervisor Evolution and Organization of Monotreme Sex Chromosomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Filip Pajpach
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