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 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 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
  • Research Interests

Origin and Development of the Microbiome in a Marsupial Soil Engineer: the Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons)

Funding scheme: FND000091: Schultz Foundation Partnership

Amount: $5,000


Using the human microbiota to trace the final stages of Polynesian settlement

Funding scheme: ORG113911: Royal Society of South Australia - Small Research Grant

Amount: $1,500


  • 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

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