Cellular and Developmental Genetics

Cellular and Developmental Genetics The groups in this theme study the expression of genes and their encoded proteins at the cellular level, to elucidate how genes function and interact to regulate organismal development and  evolution.

Genetics research in our school harnesses all core genetic models for genetics – fruit flies, zebra fish, and Arabidopsis.


Warr, Coral
Coral uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to investigate cellular and developmental genetics, with a focus on how cells respond to signals from their environment.
Burke, Richard
Richard is using the experimental advantages of the vinegar fly Drosophila to investigate the genetic regulation of metal ion metabolism in animal development and disease.
Bryson-Richardson, Rob
Robert researches the genetic causes, disease mechanisms, and potential therapies for a range of myopathies using the zebrafish as an in vivo model system.
Bowman, John 
John researches the genetic and molecular basis of pattern formation in plant development and the evolution of land plant morphology.
Balasubramanian, Sureshkumar
Suresh is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation that shapes evolution in plants.
Smyth, David
David investigates how genes regulate the morphogenesis of flowers using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model.

O'Bryan, Moira
Moira leads the Male Infertility and Germ Cell Biology Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology. This group studies sperm development and function and the causes of human male infertility.