My current research focuses on understanding how reef-building corals function at the molecular level, with a particular focus on dissecting the processes of symbiosis and calcification. I use molecular techniques to explore the impacts of global environmental stresses on the coral holobiont. I have developed extensive knowledge and practical skills in the area of coral genomics, starting from classical gene cloning techniques to high-throughput RNA sequencing. My background means that I am familiar with the complexity as well as the fragility of the coral holobiont, and have a broad understanding of partners’ communication.

In addressing these research topics, I have taken the opportunity to work in the laboratories of the current leaders in this field, Professors Denis Allemand (Monaco), and David J. Miller (JCU, Townsville).

I completed my PhD at the Scientific Centre of Monaco (2004-2007) where I studied the relation that exists between calcification and photosynthesis in Cnidarian-Dinoflagellate symbiosis. From 2007 to 2009, I held a Lecturer position at the University of Nice where I studied the molecular dialogue between the two partners of the symbiosis, and more particularly the molecular response to heat stress. In 2009, I was awarded a prestigious European fellowship from the Marie Curie actions (Outgoing International Fellowship). I shared my time between Australia (ARC CoE for Coral Reefs Studies, Townsville) and France (UPMC-CNRS, Villefranche-sur-mer), and investigated the timely topic of ocean acidification’s impact on marine invertebrates using high-throughput sequencing.


  • Coral genomics
  • Biomineralization
  • Symbiosis
  • Ocean acidification
  • 2013 to 2016 - Research Fellow in Genomics, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reefs Studies / James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow, UPMC-CNRS (Villefranche-sur-mer, France)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reefs Studies / James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Part-time Lecturer, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (Nice, France)
Research Disciplines
  • 2009 to 2012 - Marie-Curie International Outoing Fellowship European Commission, Funding scheme FP7-MC-IOF
  • 2013 - Competitive Research Incentive Grant (CRIG) - James Cook University

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Inter-kingdom signalling in animal health and disease

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$290,608 over 4 years
Animals evolved in a world dominated by bacteria, and it is now clear that intimately associated microbes play critical roles in the development, health and disease of all animals ? from corals to man. To date, animal-microbe interactions have been studied near exclusively in terms of how bacteria affect animals. This proposal seeks to address this bias ? we have discovered a novel mechanism by which the coral Acropora can control its associated bacteria, characterisation of which is central to the present proposal. Understanding how a simple animal manipulates its microbial associates will have major implications, not only for coral disease and resilience, but also for health and disease across the animal kingdom, from corals to man.
David Miller, Aurelie Moya and David Bourne in collaboration with Thomas Bosch (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, College of Science & Engineering and Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel)
Coral; Symbiosis; quorum signalling; Acropora (staghorn coral); anti-microbials

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Molecular insights into a novel coral model, Heliofungia actiniformis (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Function and Ligands of G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) in Coral Larvae Settlement (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A comparrison of the molecular bases of regeneration and development in corals (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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