Staff profile - Beata Ujvari

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Dr Beata Ujvari

Position: Senior Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Conferences and seminars


• Invited speaker: Workshop on diversity in telomere dynamics, Glasgow
• Invited speaker: Australian Telomere and DNA Repair Workshop, Sydney
• Invited speaker: 7th World Cancer Congress, Nanjing, China - declined
• Member of program and organizing committee: Sydney Cancer Conference, Sydney
• Member of program and organizing committee: GSA 2014, Sydney
• Member of program committee: VetSci 2014, Singapore
2013 • Invited speaker: 6th World Cancer Congress 2013, Xi’an, China
• Invited speaker: ComBio2013, Perth
• Member of program committee: VetSci 2013, Singapore
• Oral presentation: GSA 2013, Sydney
• Invited seminar, Deakin University, Geelong
• Invited speaker, Distinguished Visitors Program - Mammals response to change workshop, UNSW, Sydney
• Invited presentation: IBECC, San Francisco, USA
• Invited seminar, Macquarie University, Sydney
• Invited seminar: Early Career Showcase, University of Sydney
• Invited seminar: Australian National University, Canberra
• Invited seminar: SoB, University of Sydney
2011 • Oral presentation, GSA, Melbourne
2010 • Oral presentation: ISBE, Perth


Awards and prizes

Ian Potter Travel Award to attend Workshop of Telomere Dynamics” in Scotland - 1.2K 2014
Deans Discretion Funds (Fac.Vet. Sci. USyd) to attend the National Cancer Institute Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, NCI USA - 2K, 2012


Research interests

Being an evolutionary ecologist, my research focuses on the interaction between organisms and their environment and these effects on organismal fitness.  The particular aim of my research is to explore the significance of genetic and epigenetic organismal responses to both macro- and micro environmental challenges.

Research grants

  • Will a novel genetic mutation save large goannas from extinction? (CI: Ujvari, B.)  - Ian Potter Foundation 15K 2013
  • Could genetic mutation save the yellow-spotted goannas (Varanus panoptes) from extinction? (CI: Ujvari, B.) - Whitehead Bequest, Fac. Vet. Sci. 5K 2013
  • Genotyping of captive devils using next-generation sequencing assay. (CIs: Belov, K., PI: Ujvari, B. and 2 others) - Save the Tasmanian Devil, Dr. Eric Guiller Grant 35K 2012
  • Development of a high throughput next-generation sequencing assay to measure genetic relatedness and genomic diversity in Tasmanian devils. (CIs: Belov, K., PI: Ujvari, B. and 2 others) - Save the Tasmanian Devil, Dr. Eric Guiller Grant 35K 2012
  • Methylation and Expression Analyses of tumour suppressor genes in the Devil Facial Tumour Diseas (DFTD) (CI: Ujvari, B.) - Manning Bequest, Fac. Vet. Sci. 2K 2012
  • Characterizing the role of telomeres and telomerase in the evolution and progression of DFTD. (CI: Ujvari, B.) - Save the Tasmanian Devil, Dr. Eric Guiller Grant 25K 2011
  • Investigating the genetic background of diet- and sex-specific lifespan differences in the blowfly, Calliphora stygia. (CIs: Wallman, J. & Ujvari, B.) - URC SGS, UoW 15K 2008
  • Flora and Fauna Research Facility (CI: Buttemer, W.A., PI: Ujvari, B. and 6 others) - ARC, LIEF 200K 2007
  • An experimental study of immunosenescence in tropical pythons (CI: Ujvari, B.) - URC SGS, UoW 10K 2006
  • Microarray equipment (CI: Madsen, T., PI: Ujvari, B. and 5 others) - RIBG, UoW 60K 2006
  • Genome wide expression analysis of immune modulated genes in long- and short lived snake taxa (CI: Ujvari, B.) - URC Near Miss, UoW 10K 2005
  • 2 dimensional (2D) protein separation system (CI: Walker, M., PI: Ujvari, B. and 10 others) RIBG, UoW 65K 2005
  • Facility for analyses of evolutionary immunology (CI: Olsson, M., PI: Ujvari, B. and 10 others) - ARC, LIEF 151K 2005



Last 3 years:

Ujvari, B. et al. 2014. Population demography of frillneck lizards in the wet-dry tropics of Australia.  Austral. Ecol., Article first published online : 7 AUG 2014, DOI: 10.1111/aec.12168

Ujvari, B. et al. 2014. Devil Facial Tumor Disease, a potential model of the Cancer Stem-Cell Process? J. Vet. Sci,, In Press.

Ujvari, B. et al. 2014.  Invasive toxic prey may imperil the survival of an iconic giant lizard, the Komodo dragon.  Pacific Conservation, In Press

Kelly, M. A. et al. 2014. Diet fatty acid profile, membrane composition and lifespan: an experimental study using the blowfly (Calliphora stygia).  Mech. Ageing & Develop., 138: 15-25.

Talbot, J. J. et al. 2014. What causes canine sino-nasal aspergillosis? A molecular approach to species identification.  The Vet. Journal, 1: 7-21.

Ujvari, B. et al. 2014.  Anthropogenic selection enhances cancer evolution in Tasmanian devil tumours.  Evol. App. 2: 260-265.

Griffith, O. W. et al.  Placental lipoprotein lipase (LPL) gene expression in a placentotrophic lizard, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii.  JEZ Part B: Mol. Dev. Evol. 7: 465-470.

Ujvari, B. et al. 2013.  Queensland northern quolls are not immune to cane toad toxin.  Wildlife Res. 40: 228–231.

Brown, G. et al. 2013.  Invader impact clarifies the role of top-down and bottom-up effects of tropical snake populations.  Func. Ecol. 27: 351-361.

Ujvari, B. et al. 2013.  Evolution of a contagious cancer: epigenetic variation in Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD).  Proc. R. Soc. B. 7;280 (1750):20121720. Published ahead of print November 7, 2012, 1471-2954.

Ujvari, B. et al. 2013.  Isolation breeds naivety: island living robs Australian varanid lizards of toad-toxin immunity via four-base-pair mutation.  Evolution 67: 289-294.

van der Kraan, L. E. et al. 2012.  Identification of natural killer cell receptor genes in the genome of the marsupial Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii).  Immunogenetics, 65: 25-35.

Ujvari, B. et al. 2012.  Telomere dynamics and homeostasis in a transmissible Cancer.  PlosOne, 7(8) e44085.

Lane, A. et al. 2012.  New insights into the role of MHC diversity in Devil Facial Tumour Disease.  PlosOne, 7 (6): 1-9.

Lo, N. et al. 2012.  DNA methylation in the termite Coptotermes lacteus. Insect. Soc. 59: 257-261.

Ujvari, B. & Belov, K. 2011.  Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) markers in conservation biology.  Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12, 5168-5186; doi:10.3390/ijms12085168.

Olsson, M. et al. 2011. Climate change, multiple paternity and offspring survival in lizards.  Evolution 65: 3323-3326.

Ujvari, B. et al. 2011.  Climate-induced reaction norms for life-history traits in pythons.  Ecology, 92: 1858-1864.

Ujvari, B. & Madsen, T. 2011.  Do natural antibodies compensate for humoral immuno-senescence in tropical pythons?  Func. Ecol. 25: 813-817.

Madsen, T. & Ujvari, B. 2011.  The potential demise of a population of adders (Vipera berus) in Smygehuk, Sweden.  Herp. Conserv. Biol. 6: 80-82.

Ujvari B. et al. 2011.  A microsatellite-based test of the Reticulitermes speratus genetic caste determination model in Coptotermes lacteus.  Insect. Soc. 58:365–370.

Ujvari, B. et al.  2011.  How well do predators adjust to climate mediated shifts in prey distribution? A study on Australian water pythons.  Ecology 92: 777-783.

Ujvari, B.  et al. 2011.  Detecting the impact of invasive species on native fauna: cane toads (Bufo marinus), frillneck lizards (Chlamydosaurus kingii), and the importance of spatial replication.  Austral. Ecol. 36: 126-130.

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