Jo Bayes    MPhil student (International) - submitted June 2013

Microbe-sponge interactions and the animal immune system

(primary supervisor)

Jaret Bilewitch    PhD student (International; UQ Research scholar)

The evolution, function and phylogenetic utility of the octocoral MutS gene

(primary supervisor)

Jabin Watson   PhD student (APA scholar)

Bioactive compounds from the demosponge Amphimedon queenslandica

(Associate supervisor)

Daniel Stoupin    PhD student (International Research scholar)

Effects of bacterial cells on sponge cell behaviours

(primary supervisor)

Ben Yuen    PhD student (International Research scholar)

Innate immune regulation of interactions between the sponge Amphimedon and its bacterial symbionts.

(primary supervisor)

Bec Fieth    PhD student (Australian Postgraduate scholar)

Host-microbe interactions during metamorphosis in the sponge Amphimedon queenslandica

(primary supervisor)

Simone Higgie    PhD student (Australian Postgraduate scholar)

Lateral gene transfer in the Amphimedon genome

(primary supervisor)

Sandie Degnan Current Lab Members



HONOURS  STUDENTS  (primary supervision)

Tahsha Say   Honours student

The role of Toll-like receptors in detecting suitable larval settlement sites via recognition of bacteria


Dr Kerry Roper    Postdoctoral research assistant, Lab Manager

Circadian gene expression through the Amphimedon life cycle

On Maternity Leave until February 2014

Dr Selene Fernadez Valverde

Bioinformatic analysis of Amphimedon and associated microbial genomes and transcriptomes

Dr Maely Gauthier    Postdoctoral Research Associate

Functional genomics of bacterial symbionts of the coral reef sponge Amphimedon queenslandica