Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics

Applied genomics expertise: where our natural science collections meet next generation DNA sequencing technologies.

Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics Staff

Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics Staff
Photographer: Ian Bird/James Morgan © Australian Museum

Welcome to the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics at the Australian Museum. This unit is comprised of NATA accredited (ISO/IEC 17025) DNA laboratories and biological tissue collection, as well as the Microscopy and Microanalysis unit.

We support all molecular and microscopy based research carried out by the Australian Museum Research Institute and offer DNA-based molecular diagnostic services to a wide variety of external partners, with a primary focus on ecological applications such as species identification, individualisation, conservation and small population management.

Our work

Molecular diagnostic services
Wildlife Forensics
Since 2004 our wildlife forensics DNA analysts have worked with State and Federal government agencies in the identification of smuggled wildlife, suspected quarantine incursions etc.
We also work closely with the aviation industry in reducing the risk of aircraft and wildlife collisions and improving aviation safety through the identification of species involved in these collisions.

Frozen Tissue Collection
Started in 1988 our state of the art tissue collection comprises over 80 000 samples of both exotic and native Australian animals.

Microscopy and Microanalysis Unit
We provide Scanning Electron Micrographs and light photomicrographs to the Museum and other institutions. Explore the tiniest structures on Earth!

Our Science Research
We support AMRI's molecular and microscopy based research in areas such as conservation, biogeography, taxonomy, systematics and population genetics, to name a few. We also co-lead the Koala Genome Consortium.

Our team

  • Dr Greta Frankham, Manager (Acting), Wildlife Genetics and Microscopy Unit
  • Sue Lindsay, Manager, Microscopy & Microanalysis Laboratory
  • Andrew King, Technical Officer, Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics
  • Dr Melissa Danks, Technical Officer, Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics
  • Scott Ginn, Technical Officer, Frozen Tissue Collection

In the news

Contact us

Please call Dr Greta Frankham on (02) 9320 6430 or send us an email.
Are you looking to make a vertebrate genetic sample loan request? Please see our guidelines.


Accredited for compliance with (ISO/IEC 17025) interpreted for research using CITAC Guide CG2 “Quality Assurance for Research and Non Routine Analysis” (1998)

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