Nikeisha Caruana

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Molecular biologist interested in integrated 'Omics methods, bioinformatic analysis and the occasional bobtail squid. Self-proclaimed squid slime specialist - try saying that five times fast!

Skills

Bioinformatics and Quantitative Analysis
  • Ruby
  • R
  • sqllite
  • bash
  • Python
  • Galaxy
  • git
  • Proteogenomic Analysis
  • De novo transcriptome assembly and analysis
  • Quantitative proteomic analysis
Molecular Biology
  • RNA Extractions
  • Use of Mass Spectrometers
  • Glycoprotein Analysis
Histology and Histochemistry
  • Laser Capture Microdissection
  • Cryosectioning
  • Fixation on Marine Animals
  • Histochemistry
  • Immunocytochemistry
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy

Presentations

A collection of conference talks and presentations.

A slimy situation: Uncovering the composition and mechanism of the slime secretion from Sepiadariidae using an integrated ‘Omics and cellular microscopy approach

Cephalopods (squids, octopuses and cuttlefishes) comprise over 800 species, possess advanced nervous, cardiovascular and visual systems, and are masters of camouflage. Sepiadariidae, one family of benthic squids, possess specialized systems of secretion, secreting a viscous slime from their underside. It is believed that these secretions are involved in defending the species, and exhibit unique biochemical and biophysical properties including dramatic volume expansion, adhesion, and antimicrobial defence.

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Publications

Range of publications, from my PhD and beyond.

Publication - Comparative Proteomic Analysis of Slime from the Striped Pyjama Squid, Sepioloidea lineolata, and the Southern Bottletail Squid, Sepiadarium austrinum (Cephalopoda: Sepiadariidae)

Publication on the proteomic and transcriptomic analysis of slime from So. lineolata with a comparison of the slime from Su. austrinum in The Journal of Proteome Research

January 2019

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Education

La Trobe University

PhD Candidate
A slimy situation: Uncovering the composition and mechanism of the slime secretion from Sepiadariidae using an integrated ‘Omics and cellular microscopy approach
2015-2018

La Trobe University

Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours)
A combined transcriptomic and proteomic analysis of the defensive secretion of Sepiadarium austrinum (Cephalopoda)
2014

La Trobe University

Double Degree - Arts & Science
Philosophy & Biochemistry
2010 - 2013
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