Joanne Gillum

Joanne graduated from the University of Abertay, Dundee (Scotland) with a BSc (Hons)6f062156d7ba73981edc090ec738c369 w280 h210 cp in Animal and Plant Cell Biotechnology. She worked in a commercial genotyping lab before moving into research at the University of Edinburgh where she used her molecular biology skills in the fields of developmental biology, DNA repair, and neuroscience.

Joining Professor Gemmell's group in April 2009, Joanne is now the manager of the Genetic Analysis Service at Otago University, responsible for overseeing the processing of samples for sequencing and genotyping using the ABI 3730xl DNA Analyzer. 

Joanne also provides technical support to other members of the research group, and has been involved in a range of different projects in the Gemmell lab, such as the development of Real-Time PCR assays to detect marine bioinvasive species in the coastal waters of New Zealand, and the mtDNA mutations in male fertility project.

Contact Details

Telephone: +64 (03) 479 5283

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M. Nyegaard, E. Sawai, N. Gemmell, J. Gillum, N. R. Loneragan, Y. Yamanoue, A. L. Stewart (2018). Hiding in broad daylight: molecular and morphological data reveal a new ocean sunfish species (Tetraodontiformes: Molidae) that has eluded recognition, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Volume 182, Issue 3, Pages 631–658,


S. L. Johnson, S. Zellhuber-McMillan, J. Gillum, J. Dunleavy, J. P. Evans, S. Nakagawa, N. J. Gemmell (2018) .Evidence that fertility trades off with early offspring fitness as males age. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285: 20172174.


 Gillum, J. E. ;  Jimenez, L. ;  White, D. J. ;  Goldstien, S. J. ;  Gemmell, N. J. (2014) Development and application of a quantitative real-time PCR assay for the globally invasive tunicate Styela clava. Management of Biological Invasions, Vol.5 No.2 pp.133-142 ref.28. DOI : 10.3391/mbi.2014.5.2.06


J. H. Fowler, J. Gillum, C. Smith, K. Horsburgh (2008). P2-229: The effect of in vivo focal cerebral ischemia on amyloid precursor protein processing and amyloid deposition in mutant APP (J9a) mice. Alzheimer's and Dementia, 4(4). DOI: 10.1016/j.jalz.2008.05.1304


J. Gillum, F. Darakhshan,K. Robertson,Y. Bisset, M. Mekky, J. L. Rees, V. Doherty, G. Kavanagh, N. Anderson, H. Campbell, R. M. MacKie, D. W. Melton (2007). DNA repair gene polymorphisms and genetic predisposition to cutaneous melanoma, Carcinogenesis 28(5):1087-93. DOI: 10.1093/carcin/bgl257


C. Paul, J. Gillum, N. J. Lawrence, J. Selfridge, D. W. Melton, P. T. K. Saunders (2007). Deletion of Genes Implicated in Protecting the Integrity of Male Germ Cells Has Differential Effects on the Incidence of DNA Breaks and Germ Cell Loss. PLoS ONE 2(10):e989. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0000989