The University of Newcastle, Australia

Genetic and Environmental Drivers of Neurotoxic Cyanobacterial Blooms

Closing Date: 31 December 2018

PhD Opportunity

Australian freshwater systems are plagued by toxic cyanobacterial ("blue-green algal") blooms. Mitigating the effects of these blooms is a major challenge in protecting the nation’s water supplies.

Algal Bacteria

We will apply a state-of-the-art, genetic and biochemical approach to identify the mechanisms of adaptation used by the bloom-forming and neurotoxic cyanobacterial genera Anabaena and Dolichospermum. This project will, for the first time, assess their capacity for increased dominance, intensity and geographical distribution in Australian waterways. Understanding the molecular ecophysiology of these aquatic microorganisms is essential for improving risk assessment protocols and reducing the impact of harmful blooms.

PhD Opportunity details


This PhD opportunity does not guarantee a scholarship. To also be considered for a scholarship please submit an application in the relevant scholarship round.

Supervisor: Professor Brett Neilan

Available to: Domestic students

Either PhD or MPhil

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 31 December 2018.

Applications Close 31 December 2018

Contact Mr Toby Mills
Phone +61 2 4921 5544

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