Molecular Genetics

The School has a long history of basic research into cellular function in a wide range of organisms from bacteria and algae to mammals. In a number of instances these studies are now being carried out primarily by manipulating or comparing the genomes of the organisms concerned. This includes studies to elucidate the nature of cell division in bacteria, the symbiotic relationship between the microorganisms living in corals, the proteins involved in blood cell differentiation in humans and mice and the general nature of the relation between genotype, epigenotype and phenotype in mammals. Sydney University's One Tree Island research station enables access to the coral reef, a relatively large on-site animal house provides access to numerous mouse mutant strains and continuing collaborations with clinicians enables access to human DNA samples.

Researchers in this field

  • Prof Ruth Hall - Characterisation of mobile DNA entities involved in antibiotic resistance