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Michael Gillings is in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, where he is Professor of Molecular Evolution. In general, his interests focus on genetic diversity and its role in evolution. This allows an eclectic research program, with papers on viruses, bacteria, fungi, diatoms, green algae, invertebrates, plants, sharks, and mammals in the last five years. Two of his main research programs include the origins and environmental consequences of antibiotic resistance, and the new geological era of the Anthropocene, precipitated by human effects on planetary systems. He teaches a large first year class, with 1100 students, and contributes regularly to radio, television and on-line forums.

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Projects 2006 2020

Research Output 1987 2018

Conserved phylogenetic distribution and limited antibiotic resistance of class 1 integrons revealed by assessing the bacterial genome and plasmid collection

Zhang, A. N., Li, L-G., Ma, L., Gillings, M. R., Tiedje, J. M. & Zhang, T. 21 Jul 2018 In : Microbiome. 6, 1, p. 1-14 14 p., 130

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Bacterial Genomes
Microbial Drug Resistance

DNA as a pollutant: the clinical class 1 integron

Gillings, M. R. Mar 2018 In : Current Pollution Reports. 4, 1, p. 49-55 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Environmental dimensions of antibiotic resistance: assessment of basic science gaps

Smalla, K., Cook, K., Djordjevic, S. P., Klümper, U. & Gillings, M. 1 Dec 2018 In : FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 94, 12, p. 1-6 6 p., fiy195

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

antibiotic resistance
Microbial Drug Resistance
Interspersed Repetitive Sequences
Horizontal Gene Transfer
gene transfer

Human dissemination of genes and microorganisms in Earth's Critical Zone

Zhu, Y. G., Gillings, M., Simonet, P., Stekel, D., Banwart, S. & Penuelas, J. Apr 2018 In : Global Change Biology. 24, 4, p. 1488-1499 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Earth (planet)

Impact of wastewater treatment on the prevalence of integrons and the genetic diversity of integron gene cassettes

An, X. L., Chen, Q-L., Zhu, D., Zhu, Y. G., Gillings, M. R. & Su, J. Q. May 2018 In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 84, 9, p. 1-15 15 p., e02766-17

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Waste Water
wastewater treatment
genetic variation