Dr Anusuya Willis

Research Scientist - Algal Molecular Geneticist / Physiologist

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I completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours at the University of Melbourne majoring in chemistry and cell biology. My PhD was obtained from the University of Melbourne and the Université de Paris XI, jointly awarded in 2009 under the French - Australian PhD Cotutelle program. During my PhD, I undertook innovative research on the biochemistry and cell-adhesion of diatoms, using a combination of algal physiology and molecular biology techniques.

My first post-doctoral position was in the Department of Biochemistry, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Dr. Nils Kroger, working on the development of a diatom for a biofuels feedstock.

From 2012 to 2017, I was employed as a Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University. My research in freshwater ecology investigated the variation in genotypes and phenotypes of toxic cyanobacteria isolates. This role also included project management, laboratory management and supervision of a research assistant, honours students and co-supervision of PhD students. In 2017 I also lectured 2nd and 3rd Environmental Chemistry courses.

In January 2018 I commenced as a Research Scientist in the Australian National Algae Culture Collection, CSIRO, Hobart.

Other Interests

I am an algal molecular and cell biologist, my research interest is understanding phytoplankton diversity, adaptation and population dynamics. In particular I am interested in how genome variation and differential gene expression in response to environmental stimuli leads to population changes, variable cell physiology and adaptation.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    BSc- Honours
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2009

    The University of Melbourne / Universite de Paris XI


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