Central Science Laboratory

Molecular Genetics

Molecular genetics

Many types of research project are carried out in the lab including paternity analyses, population genetic and phylogenetic studies on a range of organisms including bacteria, fungi, hardwood trees, flowering plants, insects, reptiles, fish and mammals.

The molecular genetics instrument facility is equipped with a Beckman Coulter eight capillary automated sequencer, which is available for DNA sequencing as well as heterozygote detection, mutation detection, genotyping and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) detection.

An Applied Biosystems 310 single capillary automated sequencer is also available for research groups using the Applied Biosystems chemistry.

There are three Corbett Research Rotor-Gene real time Polymerase Chain Reaction machines available for quantitative PCR, gene expression studies, and mutation detection.

The laboratory has contributed to a range of projects in conjunction with CRC Forestry, Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI), Australian Antarctic Division, Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies (IASOS), and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.

For more information contact Adam Smolenski.