Raphael Eisenhofer Philipona

Dr Raphael Eisenhofer Philipona

Post-doctoral Researcher

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


I'm currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA.

My project is focused on analysing oral microbial communities (microbiomes) of ancient/historical people from Asia/Pacific. This information is obtained from dental calculus (calcified dental plaque), which is a material created by the microorganisms living in our mouths. Our microbiomes play an essential role in our health, by learning more about how our microbiomes have evolved and changed with us through time, we may be better able to treat the burgeoning incidence of 'diseases of affluence' (obesity, diabetes, asthma etc.) that we see today.

Key areas of research are:
Using ancient oral bacteria to trace past human migration.
Determining how the oral microbiome has changed through time, and how these changes relate to the health of the host.
Bacterial evolution through time.

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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
    2011 - 2014 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand BSc (Honours) - Molecular Microbiology
  • Research Interests


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