Luke Gierus

Luke Gierus

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Luke Gierus is a Doctor of Philosophy student at the University of Adelaide. He is currently supervised by Professor Paul Thomas and Dr. Owain Edwards.

The focus of Luke's research is to develop strategies to facilitate in the humane suppression of invasive rodents through modification of naturally-occurring meiotic drive systems.

Luke's research is centred around developing novel gene drive methods to humanely suppress invasive rodent populations. These strategies utilise CRISPR/Cas9 and the t haplotype system to create a gene drive while investigating control strategies. 

Luke also has a keen interest in modifying and improving CRISPR/Cas9 and similar systems including prime editing.

PQT Lab 2020

Members of the Genome Editing Laboratory, 2020: Ashleigh Geiger, Dr Gelshan Godahewa, Ya-han Kang, Joshua Chey, Professor Paul Thomas, Michaela Scherer, Jayshen Arudkumar, Dr Chandran Pfitzner, Caleb Lushington, Luke Gierus, Melissa White, Sandra Sandra Piltz, Dr Mark Bunting, 

Not pictured: Dr Fatwa Adikusuma, Dr Stefka Tahseva.


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