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 William Dodt

William Dodt

Ph.D. student

D1.6: GENOME-WIDE ANALYSIS OF MARSUPIAL RETROPOSONS: PHYLOGENETIC MARKERS FOR RECONSTRUCTING THEIR EVOLUTION

Research Interests

My interests are in evolutionary biology, with a focus on molecular systematics.
I work primarily with mammals utilizing both modern and ancient DNA as a way of understanding the evolutionary history of various taxa within this diverse group of organisms.
Presently, I am using nuclear and mitochondrial datasets, as well as retrotransposons (often termed ‘jumping genes’) as a marker system to better understand the phylogenetic relationships among Australian marsupials.

Brief CV

2013 – 2015
PhD student at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Also at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt, Germany.
Principal Supervisor: Dr Matthew Phillips. Co-supervisor: Dr Maria Nilsson-Janke.

2013
Research Technician at the International Aids Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Imperial College, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

2012
Clinical Trials Scientist at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland, Australia.
Also, Research Assistant at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (reptile phylogenetics).

2011
PhD student at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, Adelaide, South Australia.

2010
Research Assistant at the Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia (Lung Transplant Research Laboratory).

2009
Honours Degree at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
Project: “Intron-mediated enhancement of transgene expression in plants”.

2008
Scientist at the Red Cross Blood Service, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Australia.
Also, academic demonstrator/supervisor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (subjects: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Advanced Metabolism).

2004 – 2007
Bachelor of Applied Science (Major: Biochemistry) at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Diploma of Applied Science at the Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Publications

1) Dodt, W. G., McComish, B. J., Nilsson, M. A., Gibb, G. C., Penny, D., & Phillips, M. J. (2014). The complete mitochondrial genome of the eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus). Mitochondrial DNA, (0), 1-2.

2) Gallus, S., Hallström, B. M., Kumar, V., Dodt, W. G., Janke, A., Schumann, G. G., & Nilsson, M. A. (2015). Evolutionary histories of transposable elements in the genome of the largest living marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian devil. Molecular biology and evolution, msv017.

3) Yerkovich, S. T., Tan, M. E., Dodt, W. G., Enever, D. L., Hopkins, P. M. A., & Chambers, D. C. (2011). 353 Secretory IgA Is Reduced in Lung Transplant Recipients and Is Associated with Community Acquired Respiratory Viral Infection. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 30(4), S122.

Contact:
Phone: +49 (0)69 7542 1829

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