Hoffmann Group

“Our lab undertakes research on adaptation of organisms (particularly invertebrates) to environmental stresses including climate change and chemical pollutants, using field sites in the Victorian mountains, in tropical rainforests and in wetlands around Melbourne. We also develop integrated pest control options, investigate how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services, contribute to novel approaches for suppressing dengue mosquito vectors, and examine new ways to predict species distribution shifts under climate change.” – Professor Ary Hoffmann.

Research

The Hoffmann group focuses on three main areas of research:

  1. Climatic Stress - to find traits that enable adaptation to climatic stress, and to understand the genetic basis of these traits;
  2. Applied - to develop better ways of sustainably controlling pest species important from an agricultural perspective.
  3. Applied – to explore new ways of reducing the transmission of human diseases by insect vectors based on endosymbionts. 

In understanding the main issues and mechanisms involved with adaptation of organisms to stress, we are able to make informed management decisions to assist the community and industry.

Follow this link to the group's PEARG blog page.

Techniques

Molecular population markers, ecological assessments, pesticide assays, quantitative genetic analyses, molecular species markers and entomological sampling.

Group Members

Group Head

Ary Hoffmann

Honorary and Visiting Members

Ann Stocker
Heng Lin Yeap
James Maino​
Linda Thomson
Marielle Babineau​
Megan Hirst​
Michael Turelli
Rahul Rane
Samia Elfekih
Xinyue Gu

Research Staff

Ashley Callahan | Research Officer
Garry McDonald | Senior Research Fellow
Jason Axford | Research Officer
Jessica Chung | Bioinformatician
Melissa Carew | Research Fellow
Nancy Endersby-Harshman | Lab Manager & Research Fellow
Nick Bell | Research Business Manager
Paul Umina | Enterprise Fellow
Perran Ross | Research Fellow
Peter Ridland | Research Fellow
Qiong Yang | Research Fellow
Tom Schmidt | Research Fellow
Vanessa White | Senior Research Officer

Research Assistants

Xuan Cheng | Research Assitant
Tiana Rey | Research Assistant (casual)
Moshe Jasper | Research Assistant
Katie Robinson | Research Assistant (casual)
Kelly Richardson | Research Assistant (casual)
Alex Gill | Research Technician

Graduate Students

PhD stuents

Eddie Tsyrlin | PhD Candidate
Marianne Coquilleau | MPhil Candidate
Mengjia Liu | PhD Candidate
Samantha Ward | PhD Candidate
Véronique Paris | PhD Candidate
|Xuefen Xu | PhD Candidate

Masters Students

Jiaxin Liang | MSc Student
John Black | MSc Student
Kyle Yow | MSc Student
Yi Chen | MSc Student

Biography

Professor Ary Hoffmann FAA
Australian Laureate Fellow
School of Biosciences
T: (+ 61 3) 8344 2204
E: ary [at] unimelb.edu.au

Ary Hoffmann is a professor working in the areas of pest control and environmental stress adaptation. His group undertakes research on a range of invertebrates. They have developed integrated pest control options for the grains and grape/wine industries, investigated how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services, contributed to novel approaches for suppressing dengue mosquito vectors, and examined new ways to predict species distribution shifts under climate change. Professor Hoffmann is a member of the Australian Academy of  Science, past ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, past President of the Australian Entomological Society, past President of the Australasian Genetics Society, and visiting Professor at both the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Liverpool. His team combines staff and students from The School of BioSciences and is based at the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne.