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Investigating the evolution of genomes across all living crocodilians


This project focuses on the evolution of genomes across crocodilian species.


Associate Professor Jaime Gongora.

Research location

Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Program type



 This project will focus on investigating the evolution of genomes across 23 crocodilian species from Asia, Oceania, Africa and the Americas. The aim is to better understand sequence similarity, homology, diversity and selection of genes (with importance for energy balance, metabolism, reproduction and immune response and endogenous retroviruses) as well as speciation and hybridisation aspects of crocodilians.

Additional information

Some components of this project are in collaboration with Texas Tech University (Prof David Ray) and Uppsala University (Dr Alexander Suh) as well as other collaborators from across Australia.

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 2292

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