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Genomic diversity and adaptation of platypuses


This project focuses on the diversity of adaptive genes in the platypus.


Associate Professor Jaime Gongora.

Research location

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Program type



This project will focus on the diversity of adaptive genes important for energy balance, metabolism, reproduction and immune response in the platypus. The aim is to analyse adaptive genes using ~60 entire genomes from platypuses from the Australian mainland and Tasmania/King Island. There is also scope to apply this knowledge to a conservation platypus project that assesses the impact of dams in gene flow between platypus populations. This project will involve bioinformatic analyses of genome sequence data and DNA capture approaches. 

Additional information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2113

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