Prof James Prosser, University of Aberdeen: Harnessing soil microbiomes for agricultural production: transforming hype and hope into reality. Tuesday 4th September, 6pm.

Public Lecture: Professor James Prosser, Chair in Molecular and Cell Biology at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, will present a seminar “Harnessing soil microbiomics for agricultural production: transforming hype and hope into reality.” Please join us for pre-seminar refreshments at the venue, from 5.00pm – 6.00pm.

Tuesday 4 September, 6.00pm, Theatre 1 (B103), Building 379, 207 Bouverie Street. For enquiries, please contact Jim He.

Jizheng (Jim) He|  Professor of Molecular Soil Ecology

School of Agriculture and Food   Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Room 514, Building 184, Parkville Campus

The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia

T: +61 3 9035 8890  M: 0402959078  E:

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Careers in Computational Biology Workshop – 17th September


The Computational Biology Research Initiative (CBRI) would like to invite you to participate in the Careers in Computational Biology Workshop to be held on Monday 17th September, 11am-2pm.

The workshop will be divided into two parts:

1. A career advice session with guest presenters from across the Parkville precinct with experience working in industry, government and academia; and

2. A CV feedback session, where workshop participants will have an opportunity to receive personalised feedback on their own brief CV from our guest presenters and peers in small group discussions.

Participants are asked to bring along:
– their own 1-2 page CV
– their own cup / mug: plastic cups will not be supplied during lunch


11:00-11.20am: Registration, welcome & introduction

11:20-11:40am: Roslyn Hickson (School of Maths & Stats, UoM; previously @ IBM Research)

11:40-12:00pm: Richard Bradhurst (Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, School of BioSciences, UoM)

12:00-12:20pm: Lavinia Gordon (Centre for Cancer Research, UoM; previously @ AGRF)

12:20-12:40pm: Monther Alhamdoosh  (CSL Limted; Honarary Bio21 Institute)

12:40-1:00pm: Working lunch with Q&A

1:00-1:30pm: Session #1 CV feedback small group discussion

1:30-2:00pm: Session #2 CV feedback small group discussion

There will be opportunity to move tables during the small group discussion to get an opportunity to receive feedback from multiple presenters.

Why should you attend?

1. Opportunity to receive personalised feedback on your CV

2. Hear about different career paths and perspectives both within and outside academia

3. Identify transferable and technical skills of value to potential employers or funders

4. Build networks across Parkville, which may lead to future grant, fellowship or job applications

RSVP is essential as places are limited:

Kind regards,
Andrew Siebel, Rebecca Chisholm & Lachlan McIntosh
CBRI EMCR Steering Group



Andrew Siebel | Research Manager

Melbourne Integrative Genomics

School of BioSciences/School of Maths & Stats | Faculty of Science | @MelbIntGen

Academic Convenor

Computational Biology Research Initiative

Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of Science

Athena SWAN SAT member

Inclusive thinking, embracing diversity & making Science inclusive

Building 184, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia

T: +61 3 8344 0707 E:  @Blewey30

Australian Society for Microbiology presentation “From environment to hosts – the diverse niches of bacteria” – 21st August, 6.30pm

The ASM Victorian Branch and ASM Food Microbiology SIG are pleased to present “From environment to hosts – the diverse niches of bacteria”.


  • Dr Nuwan Ruwani – Biodiversity of culturable microbiota in refrigerated raw milk
  • Dr Snehal Jadhav – Application of Omics in Food Safety
  • Dr Caitlin Cooper – Differences in colonization of Salmonella enterica serovar Sofia in broiler chickens and layer chickens
  • Dr Prue Bramwell – The role of the laboratory in undergraduate food microbiology education today

Chair: Prof Enzo Palombo

Date: Tuesday August 21st, 2018

Time: 6:30pm for finger food & refreshments, presentations begin at 7:15pm

Venue: Lecture theatre ATC101, Advanced Technologies Centre, Swinburne University, 441/401-451 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Cost: Free for ASM members, $40 non-ASM members, $15 non-ASM student members

For catering purposes please RSVP for this event by 5pm Thursday August 16th 2016 via:

For further details contact Ed Fox ( or Steve Petrovski (


Australian Microbial Ecology Conference 2019, Perth (save the date 11-13 Feb, 2019)

The Australian Microbial Ecology (AusME2019) meeting will be held at the University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.

AusME2019 is a single stream, 2.5 day conference with half days devoted to 4 broad microbiome systems (aquatic, terrestrial, symbiotic and engineered environments) and a fifth microbial ecology toolbox session.

Each conference day will start with a presentation delivered by a Plenary Speaker. Each half day session (on broad microbiome systems and toolboxes) will be introduced by an Invited Speaker and followed by selected proffered oral presentations, to be delivered by early-mid career scientists. Plenary and Invited Speakers are exciting presenters and world-leaders in their fields.


Microbial Ecology in Melbourne (Aust Society for Microbiology sponsored meeting) 27th September 14:00-17:30

What: Microbial Ecology in Melbourne (2 ECR speakers, 4 PhD speakers; afternoon tea, post meeting informal social)

When: 27th September, 2018 from 14:00-17:30

Where: La Trobe city campus, 360 Collins Street , Melbourne (Room: 360C-2.10).

Why: Promote communication/collaboration for microbial ecologists


    Sponsor: Australian Society for Microbiology

    Organisers: Dr Chris Greening (Monash); Assoc Prof Ashley Franks (La Trobe Uni); Prof Linda Blackall (University of Melbourne)

Cost: nil

Contact: Assoc Prof Ashley Franks –

Dr Christina Kellogg, USGS (2018 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellow). Seminar “Microbial Diversity of Deep-Sea Corals”, Monday 22nd October at 10:00-11:00am, Turner Theatre, BioSciences 2 building, University of Melbourne

Dr Christina Kellogg, United States Geological Survey (USGS) is the 2018 Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellow. She will deliver a presentation entitled “Microbial Diversity of Deep-Sea Corals“.

Monday 22nd October at 10:00-11:00am in Turner Theatre, BioSciences 2 building, University of Melbourne.

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About the speaker

Dr. Christina Kellogg, United States Geological Survey (USGS), is an international leader in coral microbial ecology. She has been working in deepwater coral ecosystems since 2004 and has been privileged to visit them personally in submersibles. She has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers as well as a number of book chapters and has given invited keynote talks on both her aerosol microbiology and deep-sea coral microbial work. She is a judge for the $7 million dollar Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, the goal of which is to accelerate development of autonomous deep-sea mapping and sensor capacity. She is currently part of the multi-agency DEEP SEARCH project to explore deep-sea coral, canyon, and gas seep ecosystems off the United States’ southeast coast. Dr. Kellogg holds a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Florida and a B.S. cum laude in Biology from Georgetown University.

About the talk

Dr. Kellogg will review her recent work on cold-water corals around the United States (specifically, those found between 200–1000 meters deep). While studies of bacterial associates of shallow-water corals have occurred for over 40 years, deep-sea corals have only been the topic of microbial studies for the last decade. Deep-sea corals do not have the complicating factor of an algal symbiont with its own thermal tolerances and to a degree have been buffered by distance from increased water temperatures, sewage, or nutrient impacts. Deep-sea corals provide an opportunity to study coral-bacterial symbioses without many of the confounding factors that tropical corals are subject to and may more easily reveal critical roles of heterotrophic bacterial symbionts. This talk is framed around questions about these coral-associated microbes: Who are they? What are they doing? How are they affecting and changing our world through their biogeochemical interactions with the environment, host corals, and each other? Dr. Kellogg will describe characterizing and comparing baseline microbiomes for seven deep-sea coral species, including both stony and soft corals. She will also describe the first metagenomic data from a deep-sea coral.

EMRI member Prof Madeleine van Oppen wins prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship (2019-2023)

Engineering microbes that increase coral climate resilience

An exciting proposal by Professor Madeleine van Oppen facilitated the award of a 2018 ARC Laureate Fellowship. Professor van Oppen’s program will seek to bioengineer the microalgae and bacteria that are integral to coral tissue, giving them characteristics that make them more resilient to climate change.

Coral reefs around the world are being lost at an alarming rate. Developing microbial symbionts to enhance coral climate resilience will give Australian and other coral reef ecosystems an increased chance of surviving the impact of climate change. The project will also enhance understanding of the functional roles of microbial symbionts of corals, and advance the microbial symbiosis discipline globally. Expected outcomes include healthier coral reefs through the use of more climate resilient coral stock in reef conservation and restoration initiatives.


Factors influencing the oral microbiome / Dr. Christina Adler (Univ. of Sydney)

Thursday 7 June
Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
VenueGround Floor, Geoffrey Wylie Lecture Theatre

Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, 720 Swanston Street, Melbourne

The oral microbiome is a dense and diverse community of microbes covering every surface of the mouth. It is increasingly recognised as being inextricably linked to oral and systemic health. Dr Christina Adler will discuss the influence of ‘nature and nurture’ on the oral microbiome in health and disease.

Dr Christina Adler is a medical scientist (BSc Hons, University Medal 2007, PhD Doctoral Research Medal 2012), and their research program focuses on understanding how the oral microbiome contributes to the maintenance of health and the development of oral diseases, particularly dental decay (caries) that is the most common chronic disease worldwide. Dr Adler’s research approach brings together diverse fields including evolution, genomics, microbiology and oral health, and they are in a unique position to span these diverse fields given their track record.

In 2012, Dr Adler completed their PhD on the evolution of the oral microbiome and human population genetics at The University of Adelaide and was awarded a Doctoral Research Medal for producing one of the highest quality PhD theses. From this, she discovered that dietary changes during human evolution shifted the oral microbiome to a caries-promoting state (Adler et al., Nature Genetics, 2013). In 2012,  Dr Adler has moved to The University of Sydney to take up a lectureship role. In this position, she has established an independent and nationally recognised research program investigating the role of ‘nature and nurture’ in the developing oral microbiome in childhood with the support of NHMRC project grants.

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