Raphael Eisenhofer Philipona

Dr Raphael Eisenhofer Philipona

Post-doctoral Researcher

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I'm currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, funded by the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

My core interest is applying metagenomic techniques to study microorganisms. Microbes have profoundly influenced the evolution of animals and are important players in all disciplines of biology. I'm a firm believer in the power of interdisciplinary research to yield results greater than the sum of its parts, and I enjoy integrating my expertise on projects with researchers from other disciplines.

Key areas of research are:
Studying Australian marsupial microbiome evolution.
Developing microbiome therapies for improving captive animal health and conservation efforts.
Using ancient oral bacteria preserved in calcified dental plaque (calculus) to trace past human movements.
Refining techniques for analysing metagenomic data.

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Research Award Royal Society of South Australia Small Research Grant Royal Society of South Australia Australia 1500
    2015 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 Award Victoria Graduate Award Victoria University New Zealand $5000
    2013 Scholarship Summer Research Scholarship Victoria University New Zealand $6000
    2013 Achievement Included on the Dean's List for Academic Excellence Victoria University New Zealand
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Paleomicrobiology, Metagenomics)
    2011 - 2014 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand BSc (Honours) - Molecular Microbiology
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Low Biomass Microbiome Research in Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Caitlin Alyssa Selway
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Gut microbiome analysis of the Southern hairy-nosed wombat The University of Adelaide Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Honours Full Time Calvin Heath
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Analysis of modern and ancient human oral viromes The University of Adelaide Molecular and Biomedical Science Honours Full Time Darcy Watson
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Genomic analyses of periodontal disease-associated microorganisms in human dental plaque The University of Adelaide Molecular and Biomedical Science Honours Full Time Brady Welsh

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