User:Marcus McHale

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Marcus McHale

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Marcus McHale



Waterhouse Laboratory (PhD)

  • Transgene susceptibility to silencing in plants


Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Laboratory

Research Assistant/Lab Manager

  • Investigating the expression of genes related to ovary activation in honey bees (Apis mellifera) using real-time PCR
  • Assisting students with their projects

Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Queensland

Molecular Fisheries Laboratory
Dugong (Research assistant)
  • Gender assignment (sexing) of dugong tissue biopsies
  • Amplification of molecular markers from faeces (only succeeded in detecting mitochondrial sequences)
  • Population genetics of dugong in and around Moreton Bay (Brisbane, Australia), I found evidence in mitochondrial DNA sequences of migrant populations from Harvey bay consistent with a cyclone event and mass extinction observed there.
Spanish mackerel (Research technician)
Emerging Technologies (Honours and Undergraduate volunteer work)
  • Thesis: Durable RNA Silencing Mediated Transgenic Virus Resistance in Plants



  • A PCR assay for gender assignment in dugong (Dugong dugon) and West-Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus). M. MCHALE, D. BRODERICK, J . R. OVENDEN and J . M. LANYON
  • A scientific note on a rapid method for the molecular discrimination of Apis andreniformis and A. florea. Jessica S. Higgs, Marcus McHale and Benjamin P. Oldroyd. Apidologie 41 (2010) 96–98
  • Expression of genes related to reproduction and pollen foraging in honey bees (Apis mellifera) narcotized with carbon dioxide. R. M. Brito, M. McHale and B. P. Oldroyd. Insect Molecular Biology (2010) 19(4), 451–461