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INTRODUCTIONS
 POST-DOC    |  
Francesca Di Giallonardo
Dr Francesca Di Giallonardo joins Eddie Holmes’ viral evolution lab as a postdoctoral fellow. She studied biology at the University of Zurich, graduating with a Master of Science. Her PhD was at the University Hospital Zurich. “I worked with HIV-1 and used next-generation sequencing to sequence the viral population within infected patients,” said Francesca.
Dr Francesca Di Giallonardo joins Eddie Holmes’ viral evolution lab as a postdoctoral fellow. She studied biology at the University of Zurich, graduating with a Master of Science. Her PhD was under the supervision of Huldrych Günthard and Karin Metzner at the University Hospital Zurich. “I worked with HIV-1 and used next-generation sequencing to sequence the viral population within infected patients,” said Francesca.

Francesca will continue to study viruses at the University of Sydney but with a focus on dengue. “I will analyse genomes of dengue virus to reveal its evolution and molecular epidemiology,” she explained. “More generally, I want to understand the mechanisms that underpin viral evolution and emergence, and which are central to the prevention and control of major epidemics.”

This Swiss rowing champion (go on, google it), chose to join Eddie Holmes at the University of Sydney has the University has a strong research base in infectious disease and evolutionary biology, and because “Eddie Holmes is renowned for his expertise in viral evolution, emergence, and epidemiology.” Welcome Francesca!
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 PHD    |  
Zoe Patterson Ross
Zoe Patterson Ross has returned to the University of Sydney after a sojourn across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. “My Honours research was in Professor Peter Waterhouse’s lab in 2009,” she explained.
Zoe Patterson Ross has returned to the University of Sydney after a sojourn across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. “My Honours research was in Professor Peter Waterhouse’s lab in 2009,” she explained. “I was looking at a particular viral protein, P0, from the Luteoviridae family of viruses, and trying to figure out how it interacted with host proteins and siRNA when infecting plants.” Zoe then went on to complete a Master of Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

She has now joined Eddie Holmes’ lab as a PhD student. “For my PhD project, I’ll be looking at patterns in the evolutionary and epidemiologic processes of pathogens.” Zoe will be comparing different human viral and bacterial pathogens with the expectation that some commonalities between biological features, such as mode of transmission, may begin to emerge. “From this, the aim is to determine which characteristics are most often associated with successfully jumping species boundaries and emerging in a new host.”

“I’ve always loved trying to find out how stuff works (as well as sharing those ideas with others), so science is a natural fit, and trying to figure out how living things work is just pretty darn cool.”

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 MSC    |  
Augustine (Gus) Porter
Gus Porter begins his Master’s project with a wealth of experience behind him. He graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science from Pitzer University, USA in 2006 and since then he has worked at Ecotox in San Francisco, in salmon biology in Alaska, on wetland ecology in inland NSW, on estuarine ecology in NSW and finally, biobanking!
Gus Porter begins his Master’s project with a wealth of experience behind him. He graduated with a BSc in Environmental Science from Pitzer University, USA in 2006 and since then he has worked at Ecotox in San Francisco, in salmon biology in Alaska, on wetland ecology in inland NSW, on estuarine ecology in NSW and finally, biobanking!

“For my Master degree I will be studying fish habitat and associated assemblages in Sydney Harbour with Will Figueira and Ross Coleman,” Gus said. “I think the opportunity to develop and apply novel solutions to the many problems that face us, and biodiversity, is an exciting aspect of studying biology.”
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FAREWELL
Leslie (Les) Edwards
Technical Officer, Les Edwards, joined the School of Biological Sciences part-time in 1996 before becoming a fulltime staff member around 1998. Now, after nearly twenty years with us, he is heading north. “I just want to say thanks to everyone who helped me and made the job enjoyable through the years,” he said.
Technical Officer, Les Edwards, joined the School of Biological Sciences part-time in 1996 before becoming a fulltime staff member around 1998. Now, after nearly twenty years with us, he is heading north. “I just want to say thanks to everyone who helped me and made the job enjoyable through the years,” he said.

Les will be missed by his colleagues in the technical team and the within the wider School community. He has made valuable contributions to the laboratory teaching of countless undergraduate students, as well as supporting research students and outreach activities. We wish you all the best for the future!
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CONGRATULATIONS
NSW FameLab Winner
James Makinson is the winner of the NSW FameLab! James completed his PhD in the School of Biological Sciences and is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher with the Bee Lab. Read more.
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Frontiers photo contest
Dr Renata Ferrari Legorreta has won a Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment photo contest.
Dr Renata Ferrari Legorreta has won a Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment photo contest. Her photo of fishy scientists hanging out on the front lawn and reading Frontiers magazines was chosen to run in the magazine’s library ad. It will appear in the May print edition. A very nice photo Renata, and the models look great too! See the ad.
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NOTICES
Travel approval
No travel approval, no insurance! Make sure you get approval in Spendvision for travel, even if you are not spending School or grant money. You are NOT insured if you are not approved.
No travel approval, no insurance! Make sure you get approval in Spendvision for travel, even if you are not spending School or grant money. You are NOT insured if you are not approved.

For students, you must fill in a ‘Student Travel Overseas/Australia’ form - but make sure you use the new form, which can be found on the postgrad website. The new form has the very important ‘emergency contact’ field.
Ranking of Building Requirements
What needs fixing? The Faculty of Science has asked the School for a ranking of our building requirements. While a new building will always be first on that list,
What needs fixing? The Faculty of Science has asked the School for a ranking of our building requirements. While a new building will always be first on that list, we have also asked for renovation of the first year labs, temperature and humidity control in the Herbarium and renovations of the Old Geology Building.

The Faculty committee agreed that the Herbarium is a priority. The School has now put a business case together to attempt to gain funding for this project. It is not a sure thing yet, but we are over the first hurdle.
Annual Leave
Seriously - take your leave. The School, or your grant (depending on who pays your salary), gets charged if you don’t take your 4 weeks of leave per year. Plus, who doesn’t love holidays!
Electronic Notebook Pilot
The University is piloting the use of electronic lab notebooks (ELNs...because we need more acronyms). “ELNs provide you with a digital solution for recording procedures, observations, conclusions and attaching images and data files when conducting laboratory work.” For more information look here.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Farewell
Congratulations
Notices
Keast lecture
Media
Events
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KEAST LECTURE
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Register now for the Keast lecture!
Dr Michael Kearney presents the 2014 Keast lectureThe Thermodynamic Niche - physiologically based models of climatic constraints on animals.
When:
1-2 pm Friday 16 May, free lunch to follow
Where: DT Anderson lecture theatre
RSVP: biorsvp@sydney.edu.au
Don’t miss out!

MEDIA
ABC Gippsland | Mathew Crowther

ABC Central Coast | Mathew Crowther
Mid mornings program

ABC Illawarra | Mathew Crowther
Mornings

ABC Goulburn Murray | Mathew Crowther

New People’s Daily (China) | Mathew Crowther
新民网 - 健康频道

Radio National | Mathew Crowther
A fair go for the dingo

3AW Melbourne | Rick Shine
Breakfast program

ABC1 7:30 | Georgia Ward-Fear
Cane toads continue destructive path across Australia

ABC Central West NSW | Rick Shine

The Adelaide Advertiser | Mike Thompson

ABC1 (Perth) | Georgia Ward-Fear

ABC News 24 | Georgia Ward-Fear
The Quarters program

The Weekly Times (Melbourne) | Mathew Crowther

New Scientist | Rick Shine
EVENTS
2 May 2014, 5-7:30pm Law Foyer, New Law Building
SoBS Prize Night
16 May 2014, 1-2pm DT Anderson lecture theatre
Keast lecture: The thermodynamic niche
30 May 2014, 11:30am The Great Hall, Main Quadrangle
Graduation
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