Dr Terry Bertozzi

Research Scientist – Bioinformatics Evolutionary Biology Unit

+61 8 8313 3925


Position at Other Organisation

Affiliate lecturer, School of Molecular and Biomedical Science, University of Adelaide


Research Interests

The overarching principle behind my work is to gain an understanding of why genomes are organised the way they are, how they evolve and how they differ between organisms.  I use computational methods to analyse high-throughput genome and gene transcript sequence data to address evolutionary questions more comprehensively. In collaboration with researchers from a number of universities and other research organisations, my current projects involve novel methods for the development of phylogenetic markers, increasing the robustness of phylogenetic datasets and studying the evolution of genes and repetitive genome elements.                    


Current Research Projects

Evolutionary relationships and genome architecture of an enigmatic group of parasitic marine worms. S. R. Catalano, T. Bertozzi, S. C. Donnellan. 2014. Sir Mark Mitchell Research Foundation, $5,200.

Creating valuable genomic resources to study natural variation in sharks.  C. Junge and T. Bertozzi.  2014, Sir Mark Mitchell Research Foundation, $7,000.

Taxonomic resolution of Australia’s threatened bat species.  K. Armstrong, S. C. Donnellan, K. Helgen, S. Rossiter, T. Reardon and T. Bertozzi. 2011/12–2013/14, Australian Biological Resources Study, $270,000.


Professional Associations           

  • Member, Australasian Genomics Technologies Association (AMATA)

  • Member, International Society for Computational Biology

  • Member, Society of Australian Systematic Biologists



  • BSc, University of Adelaide (1989)

  • BSc (Hons), University of Adelaide (1990)

  • PhD, University of Adelaide (2003)


Community Engagement

Bertozzi, T., Wiewel, A. S., Donnellan, S. C., and Aplin, K.P. (2013). Close enough is good enough; using mouse resources to study rats. Biodiversity Genomics Conference, April 2–5, Canberra, Australia.

Wiewel, A. S., Donnellan, S. C., Bertozzi, T., and Aplin, K. P. (2012). Phylogenetic relationships of the Rattus rattus complex revealed by multilocus mitochondrial, Y chromosome and microsatellite data.  The 58th Scientific meeting of the Australian Mammal Society, September 23–26, Port Augusta, South Australia.

Wiewel, A. S., Donnellan, S. C., Bertozzi, T., and Aplin, K.P. (2012). Discordant phylogeographic patterns between mitochondrial DNA and the Y chromosome of the black rat (Rattus rattus). The 59th Annual Meeting of the Genetics Society of Australasia, July 15–18, Melbourne, Australia.



  1. Sanders, K.L., Lee, M.S.Y., Mumpuni, Bertozzi, T., and Rasmussen, A.R. (2013). Multilocus phylogeny and recent rapid radiation of the viviparous sea snakes (Elapidae: Hydrophiinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 575–591. 
  2. Walsh, A. M., Kortschak, R. D., Gardner, M. G., Bertozzi, T., and Adelson, D. L. (2013). Widespread Horizontal Transfer of Retrotransposons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 1012–1016. 
  3. DeBoo, M. L., Bertozzi, T., Donnellan, S. C., and Mahony, M. J. (2012). Development of eight microsatellite loci from the Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea) through GS-FLX pyrosequencing and cross-amplification with other species of the Litoria aurea species group. Conservation Genetics Resources 4: 1003–1005.
  4. Donnellan, S. C., Mahony, M. J., and Bertozzi, T. (2012). A new species of Pseudophryne (Anura: Myobatrachidae) from the central Australian ranges. Zootaxa 3476: 69–85.
  5. Bertozzi, T., Sanders, K. L., Sistrom, M. J., and Gardner, M. G. (2012). Anonymous nuclear loci in non-model organisms: making the most of high throughput genome surveys.  Bioinformatics 28: 1807–1810.
  6. Galligan, T. H., Donnellan, S. C., Sulloway, F. J., Fitch, A. J.,  Bertozzi, T., and Kleindorfer, S. (2012). Panmixia supports divergence with gene flow in Darwin’s small ground finch, Geospiza fuliginosa, on Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands. Molecular Ecology 21: 2106–2115.
  7. Dudaniec, R. Y., Schlotfeldt, B. E., Bertozzi, T., Donnellan, S. C., and Kleindorfer, S. (2011). Genetic and morphological divergence in island and mainland birds: Informing conservation priorities. Biological Conservation 144: 2902–2912.
  8. Gardner, M. G., Fitch, A. J., Bertozzi, T., and Lowe, A. J. (2011). Rise of the machines – recommendations for ecologists when using next generation sequencing for microsatellite development. Molecular Ecology Resources 11: 1093–1101.
  9. Izzo, C., Hamer, D. J., Bertozzi , T., Donnellan, S. C., and Gillanders, B. M. (2011). Telomere length and age in pinnipeds: The endangered Australian sea lion as a case study. Marine Mammal Science 27: 841–851.
  10. Perkins, E. M., Donnellan, S. C., Bertozzi, T., and Whittington, I. D. (2010). Closing the mitochondrial circle on paraphyly of the Monogenea (Platyhelminthes) infers evolution in the diet of parasitic flatworms. International Journal for Parasitology 40: 1237–1245.


Full publication list for Terry Bertozzi


PERL script for generating anonymous nuclear markers from high-throughput genome sequence (referenced in Bertozzi et al. 2012. Bioinformatics 28: 1807–1810).