GREENING LAB | NEWS
Jan 20, 2019: Staff Farewells
Several staff members have recently left the group to take great new positions, namely Dr Tom Lines (now University of Adelaide), Dr Maria Chuvochina (now University of Queensland), and Dr Karen Jordaan (now University of Pretoria). We wish them all the best. Are there greener pastures than Team Greening?!
Jan 1, 2019: Associate Professorship
In Monash University’s latest promotions round, Chris has been promoted from Lecturer to Associate Professor. This reflects his leadership in research, supervision, service, and teaching with the School of Biological Sciences.
Nov 10, 2019: Congrats Katie and Guy
Congratulations to Katie Bayly and Guy Shelley for being awarded first-class Honours. Both did excellent projects in the area of trace gas metabolism. Both will be returning to the lab: Katie for PhD and Guy as a research assistant.
Dec 31, 2017: Faculty Awards
Rounding off an excellent year, Chris received the Faculty of Science Exceptional Achievement Award and the School of Biological Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. The second award recognises his leadership in refreshing the unit BIO3082: Global Change Biology.
Dec 12, 2017: Medical funding success
In a major boost for our medical research program, we were awarded two major grants by the NHMRC to tackle tuberculosis infection: a New Investigator grant focused on validating new drug targets and a collaborative grant with ANU to alleviate nitroimidazole drug resistance.
Nov 10, 2017: Grant success
We have been awarded an ARC Discovery Grant with A/Prof Perran Cook to expand our research into the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of hydrogen cycling in permeable sediments. These findings build on our recent Nature Geoscience article and Ya-Jou Chen’s PhD project.
Feb 10 2019: Publications aplenty
As shown in the publications page, we have several articles coming out in the next few months in top journals ISME Journal, Nature Communications, and Nature Microbiology. Some of these are already available as preprints, including Zahra’s first-author paper on Chloroflexi persistence soon to be published in ISME.
Dec 17 2018: JBC article
We have published a co-corresponding author with Prof Greg Cook and Prof Colin Jackson in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. This extensive article reveals the structure and function of a flavin-binding protein involved in adaptation of mycobacteria to hypoxia.
Oct 1 2018: Bergey’s chapter
We have published a book chapter with Dr Matthew Stott in the definitive resource Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Bacteria and Archaea. Its details characterisation of the volcanic acidobacterial isolate Pyrinomonas, building on our work published in PNAS.
Jul 10 2018: Flying high
Over the last six months, we have published three new papers with Prof Paul Sunnucks and Dr Sasha Pavlova on selection for mitochondrial function in climate adaptation of songbirds. These papers were published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, Molecular Ecology, and Heredity.
Apr 1 2018: New ISME & ES&T papers
We’ve published a new paper in the ISME Journal, presenting a deadly twist on the ecological phenomenon of interspecies hydrogen transfer, looking at hydrocarbon-contaminated sediments. We’ve also published a paper on organohalide-contaminated ecosystems in Environmental Science & Technology.
Dec 7 2017: Co-first Nature paper
Chris is co-first author on a new paper in Nature funded by his ARC DECRA Fellowship. We helped resolve the conundrum of why the extremely nutrient-starved soils of Antarctica hosts rich microbial diversity — they can live on thin air by using atmospheric trace gases as energy and carbon sources.
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