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Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

I studied the endocrine control of growth in marsupials during my PhD and have continued my involvement in a number of genetics and evolutionary projects since I moved to Germany at the end of 2008. I am particularly interested in the evolution of viviparity in therian mammals and how this is reflected in the genomes of marsupials and eutherian mammals. In 2010 I received an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellowship to investigate the genetic diversity of the extinct Tasmanian tiger which has been a long term goal. I returned to Melbourne at the end of 2012 and am currently working as a research fellow in the Department of Zoology


  • 2013–2015
    Centenary Fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • 2010–2012
    Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
  • 2008–2010
    Post-doctoral Researcher, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research


  • 2009 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD


  • 2013
    Thylacine: Genetics of an Extinct Species, McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
  • 2013
    Ultrasonography of wallaby prenatal development shows that the climb to the pouch begins in utero, Scientific Reports
  • 2012
    Limited genetic diversity preceded extinction of the Tasmanian tiger, PLoS ONE
  • 2012
    Maturation of the growth axis in marsupials occurs gradually during post-natal life and over an equivalent developmental stage relative to eutherian species, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
  • 2011
    The concept of superfetation: A critical review on a 'myth' in mammalian reproduction, Biological Reviews
  • 2011
    Genome sequence of an Australian kangaroo provides insight into the evolution of mammalian reproduction and development, Genome Biology
  • 2009
    Early onset of ghrelin production in a marsupial, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
  • 2008
    Exon 3 of the growth hormone receptor (GH-R) is specific to eutherian mammals, Molecular and Cellular Enodcrinology
  • 2007
    Perturbed growth and development of marsupial young after reciprocal cross-fostering between species, Reproduction Fertility & Development

Research Areas

  • Population, Ecological And Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Quantitative Genetics (Incl. Disease And Trait Mapping Genetics) (060412)
  • Developmental Genetics (Incl. Sex Determination) (060403)