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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FEATURED Journal article
Genome Sequence of an Australian Monophasic Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica Typhimurium Isolate (TW-Stm6) Carrying a Large Plasmid with Multiple Antimicrobial Resistance GenesRead more
Mike Dyall-Smith's selected work
Haloquadratum walsbyi gen. nov., sp nov., the square haloarchaeon of Walsby, isolated from..
His1 and His2 are distantly related, spindle-shaped haloviruses belonging to the novel vir..
Displaying the 24 most recent scholarly works by Mike Dyall-Smith.
Haloquadratum walsbyi gen. nov., sp nov., the square haloarchaeon of Walsby, isolated from saltern crystallizers in Australia and Spain
David G Burns, Peter H Janssen, Takashi Itoh, Masahiro Kamekura, Zhuo Li, Grant Jensen, Francisco Rodriguez-Valera, Henk Bolhuis, Mike L Dyall-Smith
Journal article | 2007 | International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Constituents of SH1, a novel lipid-containing virus infecting the halophilic euryarchaeon Haloarcula hispanica.
Dennis H Bamford, Janne J Ravantti, Gunilla Rönnholm, Simonas Laurinavicius, Petra Kukkaro, Mike Dyall-Smith, Pentti Somerharju, Nisse Kalkkinen, Jaana KH Bamford
Journal article | 2005 | Journal of Virology
Recent studies have indicated that a number of bacterial and eukaryotic viruses that share a common architectural principle are re..
Haloviruses HF1 and HF2: evidence for a recent and large recombination event.
Sen-Lin Tang, Stewart Nuttall, Mike Dyall-Smith
Journal article | 2004 | Journal of Bacteriology
Haloviruses HF1 and HF2 were isolated from the same saltern pond and are adapted to hypersaline conditions, where they infect a br..
Taxonomic characterization of Haloferax sp. (" H. alicantei") strain Aa 2.2: description of Haloferax lucentensis sp. nov.
M Carmen Gutierrez, Masahiro Kamekura, Melissa L Holmes, Michael L Dyall-Smith, Antonio Ventosa
Journal article | 2002 | Extremophiles: life under extreme conditions
An extremely halophilic archaeon, previously named as Haloferax sp. strain Aa 2.2 or "Haloferax alicantei" that has been extensive..
HF2: a double-stranded DNA tailed haloarchaeal virus with a mosaic genome.
Sen-Lin Tang, Stewart Nuttall, Katrina Ngui, Clare Fisher, Philippe Lopez, Mike Dyall-Smith
Journal article | 2002 | Molecular Microbiology
HF2 is a haloarchaeal virus infecting two Halorubrum species (Family Halobacteriaceae). It is lytic, has a head-and-tail morpholog..
A new simvastatin (mevinolin)-resistance marker from Haloarcula hispanica and a new Haloferax volcanii strain cured of plasmid pHV2.
D Wendoloski, C Ferrer, ML Dyall-Smith
Journal article | 2001 | Microbiology-SGM
The mevinolin-resistance determinant, hmg, encodes the enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase and is a c..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
The Frank Fenner Research Award
MASM - Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Science
University of Melbourne