Molecular Systematics Unit

In recent years, applying molecular techniques has become more usual for institutions that are interested in understanding what organisms are, where they live and how they got there. Molecular data can be very powerful, and is a great way of complementing and leveraging more information from existing Museum collections.

The facility officially opened in February 2012 and consists of a range of equipment for low and high throughput analyses, including automated liquid handlers and a next generation DNA sequencer. We work with other researchers, consulting agencies, and government services in a range of research and service activities.

Running a PCR analysis

Molecular Systematics Lab
Image copyright WA Museum 


group photo

Christmas 2018 at the MSU
Image copyright WA Museum 


For all molecular consultancy enquiries, please email Nerida Wilson, and for submitting/registering specimens, please see WAM Taxonomic Services.