Barr Lab


Lab Hike in Dandenong Ranges

December, 2022

For something different we went up into the Dandenong Ranges above Melbourne for a lab hike - most of us had leeches on us afterwards.

Lab Christmas 2021

December, 2021

After spending nearly the entirety of 2021 working from home due to COVID, we were finally able to meet as a lab and celebrate an early Christmas and BBQ in the park. This was also a send-off for three of our graduating PhDs who went on to start new post-doc positions 

Lab during COVID

~most of 2021...

Like many labs and workplaces around the world, COVID was extremely challenging. This was particularly impactful for all of us in Melbourne where we experienced >320 days in strict lock downs with most of our lab working from home during this time. While it was an extremely challenging time, we tried our best to meet virtually and maintain our lab culture.

The PhDs get away to the Yarra Ranges

October 19th, 2019
PhDs from the Barr lab on a camping trip in Warburton, Victoria.
From left to right: Fernando, Sofia, Marion and Laura

Lab Retreat St Andrews Beach

February 7th-9th 2020

The lab enjoyed a weekend in the Mornington Peninsula! A bit of planning and organisation for 2020 and heaps of fun!

Lab Retreat

From left to right: Luisa, Ciaren, John, Marion, Jeremy, Wilbur, Nando, Laura, Wai Hoe, Sofia, Fang and Dinesh

Lab's MasterChef Competition

February 7th, 2020

The stakes were high, the kitchen was hot, the flavours were bold.

The lab had a cook-off, MasterChef style, as a teambuilding activity during the retreat. Here are some of the highlights:


The winning team was Phagealicious (Luisa, Nando, Wai Hoe, Sofia and Laura) with their menu of seared fish, Asian-style prawns, and passion fruit cheesecake. The Phage Gourmet (Marion, Dinesh, John, Fang and Ciaren) came very close with their egg dumplings, lamb curry, and chocolate cupcakes. But we all know that the real winners were the judges (Julien, Charlie, Tim, Christina and Jeremy)


Lab Photo Shoot 2020


Just a cheeky one in the lab.

Fernando Gordillo's PhD Mid-candidature


Being a PhD student means that you blink twice and it's already time for the next milestone! Fernando passed his Mid-can review.

July 2019

Barr lab "escapes" Egypt @ Mystery Room

July 20th, 2019

Trapped in a mummy-themed escape room; we escaped with the "Book of the Dead" with 7 minutes to spare! 

Lab Photo Shoot 2019

July 4th, 2019

From left to right: Sofia, Ruzeen (front), John (back), Fernando, Jeremy, Wai Hoe and Marion.  

Barr lab @ Melbourne Museum's Gut Feelings Exhibit

April 14th, 2019

Gut Feelings Exhibit at Melbourne Museum

March 19th, 2019
The Barr lab has contributed two exhibits in Gut Feelings at Melbourne Museum! Exhibition runs from March 2019 to February 2020 and has stunning displays exploring how the gut microbe interacts with our body and mind. Check it out via the link:

Lab Dinner

October 24th, 2018

Lab Lysis Art

October 23rd, 2018

Fernando Gordillo's PhD Confirmation

August 16th, 2018

AFL game - Richmond Tigers vs. Collingwood Magpies

28th July, 2018

End of Semester Lab Party

June 16th, 2018

Lab birthday Celebration

Fernando turned 29 and the lab was ready to celebrate it.

June 4th, 2018

Lab Photo Shoot 2018

March, 2018

Together After the Pandemic

June 7th 2020

After months of working from home and withstanding a pandemic, the PhD students got back together for a picnic in the park. So great to see all those smiling faces!

Lab Picnic

From left to righ (PhD students from the Barr Lab shown with *): Leticia, Tim, Fernando*, Marion*, Julien, Laura*, Charlie, Sofia*, Wai Hoe*, Robert*

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