Michela is the first on-the-ground Sea anemone taxonomist in Australia and has been researching them for nearly 20 years. She extended her skills and knowledge of sea anemone biology by completing a doctorate in 2019 at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceuticals, Melbourne. Her doctoral research was on Australian sea anemone venom: examining the toxins, their evolution, and potential for use in pharmaceutical applications to treat autoimmune disease. Seeing the benefit and the unique use of venom Michela became passionate about reducing the time it takes to develop products such as anti-venom or pharmaceuticals from discovery to a marketable product, which can currently take up to 25 years. This passion is coupled with broadening the use of museum collections for research outside of taxonomy.


Dr Michela Mitchell is currently based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville as Cnidaria Collection Manager and at James Cook University. She also has a taxonomic consultancy service.

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To investigate venom discovery practices to develop a strategy to translate venom into bio-applications

To investigate venom discovery practices to develop a strategy to translate venom into bio-applications

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