Environmental genomics and novel bioactives from microbial communities on living marine surfaces

In an Australian Marine Environment

This project has three linked benefits to Australia.  One, it is the first study to use environmental genomics analysis in an Australian marine ecosystem, thus bringing into the Australian scientific community the cutting edge technology for studying diverse microbial communities. Two, by using this technology we will be able to investigate Australian marine biodiversity to an unprecedented extent.  Three, this newly revealed diversity will then be mined for novel bioactives for use in pharmaceutical and other human health applications.

Image: PhD student Shaun Nielsen collecting sea urchins for larval settlement assays.

Project team

Professor Staffan Kjelleberg
Faculty of Science
Professor Torsten Thomas
Faculty of Science
Professor Peter Steinberg
Faculty of Science

Key contact

(+61 2) 9385 2102
s.kjelleberg@unsw.edu.au