Janine Deakin

Director, Institute for Applied Ecology
University of Canberra

Canberra, ACT

Contact me for

  • mentoring
  • sitting on boards or committees
  • providing an expert opinion
  • outreach activities
  • conference presenting
  • opportunities to collaborate


I have a passion for Australian marsupials and particularly for studying their genomes and how their genomes are packaged into chromosomes. My main current research projects involve studying chromosome rearrangements. I'm particularly interested in the role chromosome rearrangements have played in devil facial tumours and tracking the evolution of the two tumours that have spread through the Tasmanian devil population. The role of chromosome rearrangements in speciation is another major focus of my research, where my colleagues and I are using species of rock-wallabies as a model in which to test current speciation theories.