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Mike Dyall-Smith

Honorary
Halobacteria
salinity (hyper saline)
halovirus
extremophile
life sciences & biomedicine
science & technology
microbiology
molecular sequence data
archaea
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A/Prof

Mike Dyall-Smith

 
Division
Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Microbial ecology of hypersaline waters (salt lakes)
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A/Prof

Mike Dyall-Smith

 

I began my research career as a virologist, studying the genes of rotaviruses (human gastroenteritis viruses) under Dr Ian Holmes (University of Melbourne). After completing a Ph.D.

I continued the molecular analysis of rotaviruses (working both at CSIRO and the University), before joining the Department in 1984. I then took up new interests in human papillomaviruses and in the recently discovered group of microorganisms called the Archaea. From 1990 onwards I began focussing more on the Archaea, particularly the extremely halophilic members in salt lakes (and other hypersaline waters), and am currently studying their natural diversity, ecology, viruses and genetics. We have recently developed techniques to cultivate and study the major groups of archaeal extremophiles in salt lakes, including the peculiar square cells of Haloquadratum walsbyi. I have local links to salt manufacturers (Cheetham Salt) and international links to laboratories in Japan, USA, UK and Finland. My research intersects with issues surrounding desalination and salinity.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

1991

The Frank Fenner Research Award

The Australian Society for Microbiology

2004

MASM - Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Veterinary Biosciences

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science

University of Melbourne