Coral’s research interests are in cellular and developmental genetics, with a focus on how cells respond to signals from their environment. Her group studies the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as it is a fantastic model organism for studying how genes function in cells and during development.
Coral completed both Honours and a PhD in Genetics at the University of Melbourne, where she worked on the fly visual system. She then undertook postdoctoral studies at Yale University in the USA where she was a joint first author of two ground-breaking studies that uncovered the gene families encoding receptors involved in olfaction and taste in Drosophila.
Coral joined Monash in 2001 as a lecturer and is now an Associate Professor in Genetics and the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Science.
Coordinator and lecturer in GEN2041 Foundations of Genetics
Co-coordinator and lecturer in BIO1011 Biology I
Lecturer in GEN3030 Cellular and Developmental Genetics
Lecturer and Coordinator in BMS2042 Human Genetics