• The University of Western Australia (M519), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M316), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Previous positions

2009-2011: California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Postdoctoral Trainee (Joseph Ecker), The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, USA.

2006-2009: Human Frontier Science Project Postdoctoral Fellow (Joseph Ecker), The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, USA.

2005-2006: Postdoctoral Fellow (James Whelan), Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

2001-2005: Ph.D. (James Whelan), Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.


Exploring the Epigenome

Just as the fixed notes of a musical instrument can be played in different combinations, orders and strengths to create unique songs, different cells in a complex multicellular organism can produce their distinctive form and function by each expressing particular combinations of genes from the genome. By modulating accessibility to the information encoded in the genome, epigenetic modifications can affect gene activation and repression to execute distinct transcriptional programs and impart a heritable state of transcriptional activity. In essence, the epigenome is a regulatory code that is superimposed upon the genome that can modify the cellular readout of the underlying information encoded in the DNA sequence. Developing a comprehensive understanding of how the cell utilizes epigenetic modifications is essential in order to both understand the critical roles it plays in eukaryotic development and stress response, and to develop effective strategies to remedy its disruption in disease states.

We use advanced DNA sequencing, molecular, genetic and computational techniques in a diverse range of complex multicellular organisms, including plants, humans, mice, and social insects, to study the epigenome and epigenetic mechanisms at the molecular scale. Recent advances in DNA sequencing technology now enable us to rapidly identify precisely where epigenetic modifications, such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, occur throughout entire plant and animal genomes1-3. The research in my laboratory aims to understand how the information encoded in the DNA of plant and animal genomes is controlled by epigenetic mechanisms during development, how the epigenome may be altered by the surrounding environment, and to develop molecular tools to reprogram it.


  • Epigenetics
  • Epigenomics
  • DNA methylation
  • Genomics (plant, animal)
  • Stem cells
  • Induced pluripotent stem cells

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Research Output 2001 2019

A single-cell atlas of entorhinal cortex from individuals with Alzheimer's disease reveals cell-type-specific gene expression regulation

Grubman, A., Chew, G., Ouyang, J. F., Sun, G., Choo, X. Y., McLean, C., Simmons, R. K., Buckberry, S., Vargas-Landin, D. B., Poppe, D., Pflueger, J., Lister, R., Rackham, O. J. L., Petretto, E. & Polo, J. M., 25 Nov 2019, In : Nature Neuroscience.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Entorhinal Cortex
Gene Expression Regulation
Alzheimer Disease
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DNA Methylation

Convergent evolution of a vertebrate-like methylome in a marine sponge

de Mendoza, A., Hatleberg, W. L., Pang, K., Leininger, S., Bogdanovic, O., Pflueger, J., Buckberry, S., Technau, U., Hejnol, A., Adamska, M., Degnan, B. M., Degnan, S. M. & Lister, R., Oct 2019, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 3, 10, p. 1464-1473 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

convergent evolution

Evolution of DNA methylome diversity in eukaryotes

de Mendoza, A., Lister, R. & Bogdanovic, O., 11 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Molecular Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

DNA Fingerprinting

Harnessing targeted DNA methylation and demethylation using dCas9

Pflueger, C., Swain, T. & Lister, R., 14 Nov 2019, In : Essays in Biochemistry. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
DNA Methylation


GSM1977638: xl_st10.5_MethylC-seq

Bogdanovic, O. (Creator), Lister, R. (Creator), Gene Expression Omnibus (NCBI), 26 Aug 2016


Data from: Stress induced gene expression drives transient DNA methylation changes at adjacent repetitive elements

Secco, D. (Creator), Wang, C. (Creator), Shou, H. (Creator), Schultz, M. D. (Creator), Chiarenza, S. (Creator), Nussaume, L. (Creator), Ecker, J. R. (Creator), Whelan, J. (Creator), Lister, R. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 6 Aug 2015


Projects 2013 2024