Bianca op den Brouw

PhD Candidate in Toxinology, The University of Queensland

My passion lies in research which contributes to our understanding of the evolutionary interactions between organism and ecology - in particular, the evolution of the venom and venom systems of reptiles.

I am a PhD student in the Venom Evolution Lab at the University of Queensland where I investigate the functional and molecular evolution of viper (Viperinae) venom. My research incorporates evolutionary biology with clinical toxinology. I aim to illuminate the evolutionary processes shaping viper venom and provide insight into the implications this can have for snakebite therapeutics.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Toxinology, The University of Queensland


  • 2013 
    Liverpool John Moores University, BSc. Hons. Zoology


  • 2017
    Rattling the border wall: Pathophysiological implications of functional and proteomic venom variation between Mexican and US subspecies of the desert rattlesnake Crotalus scutulatus, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C
  • 2017
    Differential procoagulant effects of saw-scaled viper (Serpentes: Viperidae: Echis) snake venoms on human plasma and the narrow taxonomic ranges of antivenom efficacies, Toxicology Letters
  • 2017
    Enter the Dragon: The Dynamic and Multifunctional Evolution of Anguimorpha Lizard Venoms, Toxins
  • 2016
    Rapid Radiations and the Race to Redundancy: An Investigation of the Evolution of Australian Elapid Snake Venoms., Toxins
  • Brisbane, Australia
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