Dr Milos Tanurdzic

Senior Lecturer

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 52045


My research interests are at the intersection of plant development and genomics, chromatin biology and epigenetics. The research effort in my group is focused on harnessing transformative genomics technology to understand the genetics of plant development, and to discover how the cooperative roles of DNA methylation, histone modifications, and RNAi function in establishment and maintenance of epigenetic states throughout plant genomes. We are particularly interested in the roles these mechanisms play in creating and maintaining heritable epigenetic variation in natural populations, as well as in inheritance of epigenetic states in inter- and intra-specific crosses in plants, in order to understand how epigenetic mechanisms contribute to plant development, adaptation, natural selection and evolution.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Kerr, Stephanie C., Gaiti, Federico and Tanurdzic, Milos (2019). De novo plant transcriptome assembly and annotation using illumina RNA-seq reads. Plant long non-coding RNAs: methods and protocols. (pp. 265-275) edited by Julia A. Chekanova and Hsiao-Lin V. Wang. New York, NY, United States: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-9045-0_16

  • Finigan, Patrick, Tanurdzic, Milos and Martienssen, Robert A. (2012). Origins of novel phenotypic variation in polyploids. Polyploidy and Genome Evolution. (pp. 57-76) edited by Pamela S. Soltis and Douglas E. Soltis. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-31442-1_4

  • Rutherford, George, Tanurdzic, Milos, Hasebe, Mitsuyasu and Banks, Jo Ann (2012). Reverse Genetic Analyses of Gene Function in Fern Gametophytes. Vascular Plants and Paleobotany. (pp. 54-66) edited by Philip Stewart and Sabine Globig. Point Pleasant, NJ, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b12226-6

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Martienssen, R. A., Kloc, A., Slotkin, R. K. and Tanurdzic, M. (2008). Epigenetic inheritance and reprogramming in plants and fission yeast. 73rd Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, New York, 28 May - 2 June 2008. Woodbury, NY, United States: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. doi: 10.1101/sqb.2008.73.062

  • Martienssen, Rob, Zaratiegui, Mikel, Irvine, Danielle, Goto, Derek, Slotkin, Keith, Tanurdzic, Milos, Lippman, Zach, Vaughn, Matt, May, Bruce, Cande, Zac, Colot, Vincent and Doerge, R. W. (2007). Silent running: RNA interference and heterochromatic modification. 16th International Chromosome Conference (ICC 16), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 25-29 August 2007. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/s10577-007-1912-9

  • Tanurdžić, Miloš, Doerge, Rebecca and Martienssen, Robert (2005). Microarrays: Design, analysis, and applications in functional genomics. doi: 10.2298/A000503124T

  • Craig, B. A., Vitek, O., Black, M. A., Tanurdzic, M. and Doerge, R. W. (2001). Designing microarrays. 13th Annual Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture, Manhattan, Kansas, United States, April 29 - May 1, 2001. Manhattan, Kansas, United States: New Prairie Press. doi: 10.4148/2475-7772.1223

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision