Professor Michael Bunce

Professor Michael Bunce

Mike completed his undergraduate degree at Lincoln University in biochemistry and molecular biology and his PhD at the Australian National University in the genetics of HIV-1. He undertook post-doctoral training at Oxford (UK) and McMaster (Canada) universities before moving to Perth, Western Australia in 2006 to start his own laboratory. In 2014 he founded Curtin University’s Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) laboratory then spent 3 years in the role of Chief Scientist at the EPA finishing in August 2021. Mike currently works in the COVID-19 directorate coordinating some of the genomics of the outbreak. Through his research career Mike has developed and applied DNA techniques to characterise biological communities within a wide variety of biological samples from viruses and fossil bones, to seawater and ice cores. His research focus has spanned many areas of environmental science including; biodiversity assessment, impact assessment, archaeology, extinctions, food-webs, biosecurity, marine conservation, viral evolution and endangered species detection. Mike has over 150 peer reviewed publications including ten publications in the journals Science and Nature.