Dr Megan C. McDonald

Post-Doctoral Fellow
College of Science
T: +61 2 1251979

Areas of expertise

  • Evolutionary Biology 0603
  • Phylogeny And Comparative Analysis 060309
  • Host Parasite Interactions 060307
  • Genomics 060408
  • Mycology 060505

Research interests

I am interested in the evolution of host/pathogen interactions within the agroecosystem.  My research deals mainly with plant pathogenic fungi. Currently we are using compartive genomic and proteomic tools to elucidate proteins responsible for host specificiy and virulence. 



Bachelor of Science

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Univeristy of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA



Doctorin der Wissenschaften

Doctor of Science

ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland



Swiss National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship


Australian National Univerisity, Canberra, Australia




Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Researcher's projects

Identification of effector candidates through comparative genomics and proteomics of Zymoseptoria tritici (Mycosphaerella graminicola)


Available student projects

Always interested in motivated PhB or Honours Students, please contact me or Peter Solomon for available projects in bioinformatics of fungal pathogens and functional validation of virulence genes.

Current student projects

Functional genomics of the fungal wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici.

Past student projects

Comparative genomics of the mitochondrial genomes of Australian Zymoseptoria tritici isolates.


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