Edmund Ling

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My research interests are in metagenomics and organismal genomics. I also have interests in evolutionary and population genomics. During doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, I investigated the genetics of human susceptibility to tuberculosis and malaria.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences,University of Queensland, Australia, working on bioinformatics and metagenomics.

The research projects I am involved in are:

1.Identification and characterisation of repetitive elements in the Brassica A genome.

2.Comparative genomics of avirulence in the plant fungal pathogen, Leptosphaeria maculans, in collaboration with Dr Jacqueline Batley (UQ).

3.Coral Black Band Disease metagenomics, in collaboration with Dr David Bourne (AIMS).

4.Bovine rumen metagenomics, in collaboration with Dr Justin Pachebat (Aberystwyth University).

5.ARC linkage project on next-generation metagenomics, in collaboration with Biomatters Ltd (NZ).

6.Bovine rumen and marsupial gut metagenomics, in collaboration with Prof Mark Morrison (CSIRO).

7.Genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia, in collaboration with Prof Bryan Mowry (QBI, UQ).

8.Genome of the coral, Acropora millepora, in collaboration with AGRF, WEHI and JCU.

I am also interested in:

  • Identification and characterisation of repetitive elements in genomes
  • Phylogeny and evolution of transposable elements in the Brassicaceae
  • Coral metagenomics
  • Canola-associated soil metagenomics
  • Host-pathogen co-evolution in tuberculosis
  • The genomics of longevity in Teleosts



Journal articles

  • Chiea C. Khor, Stephen J. Chapman, Fredrik O Vannberg, Aisling Dunne, Caroline Murphy, Edmund Y Ling, Luke A J O’Neill, Adrian V. S. Hill et al, 2007. A Mal functional variant is associated with protection against invasive pneumococcal disease, bacteremia, malaria and tuberculosis. Nat Genet 39:523-528.
  • Zerjal, T, A Pandya, K Thangaraj, EYS Ling, J Kearley, S Bertoneri, S Paracchini, L Singh, C Tyler-Smith, 2007. Y-chromosomal insights into the genetic impact of the caste system in India. Hum Genet 121:137-144.
  • Nasidze I, Ling EYS, Quinque D, Dupanloup I, Cordaux R, Rychkov S, Naumova O, Zhukova O, Sarraf-Zadegan N, Naderi GA, Asgary S, Sardas S, Farhud DD, Sarkisian T, Asadov C, Kerimov A, Stoneking M, 2004. Mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome variation in the Caucasus. Ann Hum Genet 68:205-221.
  • Jamieson, BGM, S Tillier, A Tillier, J-L Justine, E Ling, S James, K McDonald, A Hugall, 2002. Phylogeny of the Megascolecidae and Crassiclitellata (Annelida, Oligochaeta): combined versus partitioned analysis using nuclear (28S) and mitochondrial (12S, 16S) rDNA. Zoosystema 24(4):707.

Conference papers

  • Edmund Y S Ling. The HapMap and candidate gene association studies in West Africa. The 8th International Meeting on Human Genome Variation and Complex Genome Analysis, Hong Kong, SAR, China. 14–16 September 2006.
  • Edmund Y S Ling. Patterns of Y chromosome evolution in the TBGENENV case-control study of Tuberculosis in West Africa. 11th International Congress of Human Genetics, Brisbane, Australia. 6-10 August 2006.


  • Ling, EYS, 1995. Mitochondrial DNA systematics of the Megascolecidae (Oligochaeta). Unpublished BSc (Hons) thesis.

Academic qualifications

  • 2008 Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, UK.
  • 1995 Bachelor of Science, Postgraduate Honours (First Class), Zoology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1993 Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.