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Janine is a Professor in Genomics and the Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology. Janine received her PhD from Macquarie University (Australia) in 1998. Janine then carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio before returning to Australia in 2001 to take up a research position in the Comparative Genomics Group at Australian National University. From 2004 -2010, Janine was a member of the Australian Research Council Centre for Kangaroo Genomics. In 2010, she was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to carry out research on devil facial tumour disease. Janine moved to the University of Canberra in 2013.  Janine is continuing her research on devil facial tumour disease as well having projects on chromosomal speciation in rock-wallabies and sex determination in the central bearded dragon.


Editorial Boards

  • Editor - Australian Journal of Zoology (2015-present)
  • Chromosome Research (2015-present)
  • AIMS Genetics (2014-present) and editor of a special issue on Epigenetics
  • BMC Genomics (2014-present)

Panel/Committee Memberships

  • Australian Research Council College of Experts 
  • University of Canberra's Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team
  • Oz Mammals Genomics Steering Committee 
  • Centre for Biodiversity Analysis Liaison Committee 
  • Biomolecular Resource Facility (ANU) Advisory Committee


Student Projects Available

Using rock-wallabies as a model to study chromosomal speciation

A major challenge we face is determining how best to manage biodiversity, while lacking an understanding of one of its key drivers - speciation. This project aims to determine the extent of chromosome rearrangements between rock-wallaby species in northern Queensland, where speciation appears to be caught in the act.  This research will help us to understand the role chromosome rearrangements play in speciation. 


Honours project

The Southern Brush-tailed Rock-Wallaby is a critically endangered lineage of a species threatened across its range. The aim of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the genetic rescue at the genomic level. This project will also facilitate genetic monitoring of the captive breeding program in an informative manner that will contribute to adaptive management decision-making.
This project will involve primarily lab-based work with the opportunity to participate in sBTRW fieldwork at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Contact janine.deakin@canberra.edu.au for more details.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Macquarie University

Award Date: 24 Sep 1998

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Research Output

Comparative cytogenetic mapping and telomere analysis provide evolutionary predictions for devil facial tumour 2

Ingles, E. D. & Deakin, J. E., 1 May 2020, In : Genes. 11, 5, p. 1-17 17 p., 480.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    Evolution of Marsupial Genomes

    Deakin, J. E. & O'Neill, R. J., 15 Feb 2020, In : Annual Review of Animal Biosciences. 8, 1, p. 25-45 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Identification of Y chromosome markers in the eastern three-lined skink (Bassiana duperreyi) using in silico whole genome subtraction

    Dissanayake, D. S. B., Holleley, C. E., Hill, L. K., O'Meally, D., Deakin, J. E. & Georges, A., 29 Sep 2020, In : BMC Genomics. 21, 1, p. 1-12 12 p., 667.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The oz mammals genomics (OMG) initiative: Developing genomic resources for mammal conservation at a continental scale

    Eldridge, M. D. B., Deakin, J. E., MacDonald, A. J., Byrne, M., Fitzgerald, A., Johnson, R. N., Moritz, C., Palmer, S. & Young, A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Australian Zoologist. 40, 3, p. 505-509 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

  • Chromosomics: Bridging the Gap between Genomes and Chromosomes

    Deakin, J. E., Potter, S., O'Neill, R., Ruiz-Herrera, A., Cioffi, M. B., Eldridge, M. D. B., Fukui, K., Marshall Graves, J. A., Griffin, D., Grutzner, F., Kratochvíl, L., Miura, I., Rovatsos, M., Srikulnath, K., Wapstra, E. & Ezaz, T., 20 Aug 2019, In : Genes. 10, 8, p. 1-17 17 p.

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    Open Access
  • 17 Citations (Scopus)
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    • 1 Invited talk

    Transmissible tumours threatening survival of Tasmanian devils

    Janine DEAKIN (Speaker)

    11 Aug 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk