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 funded by the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).
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.
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 2019 Eisenhofer, R., & Cooper, A. (2019). Fossils: A new home for microbes.. eLife, 8, 1-3.
2019 Weyrich, L. S., Farrer, A. G., Eisenhofer, R., Arriola, L. A., Young, J., Selway, C. A., . . . Cooper, A. (2019). Laboratory contamination over time during low-biomass sample analysis. Molecular ecology resources, 19(4), 982-996.
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2019 Eisenhofer, R., Minich, J., Marotz, C., Cooper, A., Knight, R., & Weyrich, L. (2019). Contamination in Low Microbial Biomass Microbiome Studies: Issues and Recommendations. Trends in Microbiology, 27(2), 105-117.
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2019 Eisenhofer, R., & Weyrich, L. (2019). Assessing alignment-based taxonomic classification of ancient microbial DNA. PeerJ, 7(3), 1-24.
2019 Eisenhofer, R., Anderson, A., Dobney, K., Cooper, A., & Weyrich, L. (2019). Ancient microbial DNA in dental calculus: a new method for studying rapid human migration events. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 14(2), 149-162.
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2018 Eisenhofer, R., & Weyrich, L. (2018). Proper authentication of ancient DNA is still essential. Genes, 9(3), 5 pages.
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2017 Eisenhofer, R., Cooper, A., & Weyrich, L. (2017). Reply to santiago-rodriguez et al.: Proper authentication of ancient DNA is essential. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 93(5), 3 pages.
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2016 Eisenhofer Philipona, R., Cooper, A., & Weyrich, L. (2016). Isolating viable ancient bacteria: what you put in is what you get out. Genome Announcements, 4(4), e00712-16.
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— Inc, I. (n.d.). Reducing Run-to-Run Carryover on the MiSeq Using Dilute Sodium Hypochlorite Solution.
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.
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 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 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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