School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I am passionate about the natural world and protecting our vanishing biodiversity. Ultimately, I want my research to help inform conservation practices and to provide a unique angle through which to engage the public about our awesome (and unfortunately, very endangered) Australian mammal biodiversity.
Microbes have profoundly influenced the evolution of animals and are an important facet of their biology. My expertise is in applying metagenomic techniques to study microbial communities. 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:
The microbial ecology of Australian mammals.
Coevolution between Australian mammals and their microbes.
Discovering interactions between Australian mammals and their microbes, and determining what these interactions mean for mammal ecology and health.
Developing microbiota therapies for improving captive mammal health and conservation efforts.
Note: I'm currently living in Copenhagen (Denmark) where I'm employed as a post doctoral researcher at the Globe institute, University of Copenhagen.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Adjunct assistant lecturer University of Adelaide 2021 - 2024 Postdoctoral researcher University of Copenhagen
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Award School of Biological Sciences Postgraduate Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia 500 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 Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
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
Year Citation Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). Genomes-Used-For-Simulated-Metagenomes.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). Simulated_Metagenomes.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). List of assembly accessions for simulated MALT analyses.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). HOMD accessions.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). RefSeqGCS accessions.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). RefSeqGCS genome accessions.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). Simulated-Metagenome.xlsx.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). Final 16S rRNA gene bait design.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). SI Files.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). SI file 1.
Philipona, R. E. (n.d.). SI file 2.
Origin and Development of the Microbiome in a Marsupial Soil Engineer: the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons)
Funding scheme: FND000091: Schultz Foundation Partnership
Using the human microbiota to trace the final stages of Polynesian settlement
Funding scheme: ORG113911: Royal Society of South Australia - Small Research Grant
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Co-Supervisor The role and inheritance of bacteria in the Australian native resin bee, Megachile tosticauda Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Elisabeth Mary Williamson 2021 Co-Supervisor Monitoring of the reintroduction of the Brush-Tailed Bettong Bettongia penicillate into the Southern Yorke Peninsula. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Chloe Helen Frick 2020 Co-Supervisor Influencing factors on the phyllosphere microbiome of Vitis spp. and the downstream consequences on the sensory profile of wine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Brady Leigh Welsh 2020 Co-Supervisor Ecological and Genetic studies of Hairy-nosed Wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Shannon Kleemann
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Low-biomass Human Microbiomes: Another Piece to the Puzzle for Non-communicable Diseases 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 Co-Supervisor Microbiome Development of the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat University of Adelaide/University of Copenhagen Veterinary Masters program Master Sesilje Weiss 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
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Member General Committee Nature Conservation Society of South Australia Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Nature Conservation Society of South Australia Australia 2019 - ongoing Member Society for Conservation Biology Australia 2019 - ongoing Member The Australian Mammal Society Australia 2017 - ongoing Member Australasian Bat Society Australia 2017 - ongoing Member Bat Conservation International United States 2016 - ongoing Member Royal Society of South Australia Australia 2016 - ongoing Member The Australian Society for Microbiology Australia 2016 - ongoing Member American Society for Microbiology United States
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