Genetic Diversity and Evolution of Transmissible Cancers
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Murchison
Departments and Institutes
My main interest is in the genetics, evolution and immunology of both Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour (CTVT) and Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). These are two of only three known naturally occurring clonally transmissible cancers. Our lab aims to use genomics to investigate the origin, evolution and host interactions associated with contagious cancers. Our team also studies genetic factors influencing host susceptibility, disease pathogenesis and treatment responses. As well as that, I am very interested in applications of bioinformatics to the analysis of contagious cancers.
Strakova A, Ni Leathlobhair M* et al. Mitochondrial genetic diversity, selection and recombination in a canine transmissible cancer. eLife. (2016) DOI: 10.7554/eLife.14552
* Joint-first authorship