Daryl Webb

Light Microscopy Specialist

Two years of undergraduate Geology at Adelaide University, followed by 7 years working in various roles in the automotive repair industry, eventually saw Daryl return to studies with the fledgling Northern Territory University.

Whilst working full time at the Menzies School of Health Research as the Flow Cytometry facility manager/operator, he completed a broad based Biochemistry-Marine Biology-Ecology BSc (NTU). Followed by an MSc(med)-Preliminary (Syd) in Human Retrovirology.

After this he moved to the Waite Agricultural Research Institute (Adelaide), to undertake PhD studies in Plant Molecular Virology/Phytopathology under the ever watchful gaze of Bob Symons. In part due to Bob’s untimely illness and subsequent death, his thesis remains un-submitted...

A short stint with a joint appointment at The University of Adelaide (Microarray Facility Manager) and The Hanson Institute IMVS (Research officer – Cytokine Laboratory) before arriving at ANU in late 2000.

Since then, he has dedicated himself to all that is microscopy related, serving as Head of Advanced Light Microscopy for, initially, the Plant Cell Biology group RSBS, and later the Centre for Advanced Microscopy. Between 2000 and 2009 he was also the Multiphoton Microscope Manager for the Department of Neuroscience, JCSMR.

Research interests

Your research is my Interest!

Areas of special expertise

  • Biological fluorescent and confocal microscopy
  • Diagnostic assay design
  • Broad based Plant and Human Virology/Immunology background


Cesari S, Moore J, Chen C, Webb D, Periyannan S, Mago R, Bernoux M, Lagudah ES, Dodds PN (2016)
Cytosolic activation of cell death and stem rust resistance by cereal MLA-family CC-NLR proteins.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) 113 (36): 10204-10209.

Yin, L., Venkatesan, S., Webb, D., Kalyanasundaram, S. and Qin.,Q-H. (2012 )
2D and 3D mapping of microindentations in hydrated and dehydrated cortical bones using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Journal of Materials Science 47(10):4432-4438.

Reith, F., Webb, D., Rogers S.L., McPhail, D.C. (2006).
Biomineralization of Gold: Biofilms on bacterioform gold. Science 313, 233-236.

Webb, D. R., Bonfiglioli R. G., Carraro, L., Osler, R. and Symons, R. H. (1999)
Oligodeoxynucleotides as probes for in situ hybridization to localize phytoplasmas in host plants and insect vectors. Phytopathology 89: 894-901

Bonfiglioli, R. G, Webb, D. R, and Symons, R. H. (1996)
Tissue and intra-cellular distribution of coconut cadang cadang viroid and citrus exocortis viroid determined by in situ hybridization and confocal laser scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Plant Journal 9: 457-465. (Cover Photo)

Bastian, I, Gardner, J, Webb, D and Gardner, I. (1993)
Isolation of a Human T-Lymphotropic Virus type I strain from Australian Aboriginals. Journal of Virology 67: 843- 851

Fitzpatrick, D. R., Wie, J, Webb, D, Bonfiglioli, R, Gardner, I. D., Mathews, J. D., and Bielefeldt-Ohmann, H. (1991)
Preferential binding of Chlamydia trachomatis to subsets of human lymphocytes and induction of interleukin-6 and interferon-gamma. Immunology and Cell Biology 69: 337

Conference proceedings

Shi, B. J., Habili, N., Webb, D. and Symons R.H. (2000) Extensive variation of sequence among grapevine virus B isolates. 13th Meeting of the International Council for the Study of Viruses and Virus-like Diseases of the Grapevine (ICVG).

Tabi, Z., Chambers, L., Webb D., and Gardner I (1990) Hepatitis B infection and immunity in Australian Aborigines.  Australian Society of Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting

Book chapter

Leitch, A.R., Lim, K.Y., Webb, D.R. and McFadden, G.I. (2001) In situ hybridisation. In Plant Cell Biology, a Practical Approach (Hawes, C. and Satiat-Jeunemaitre, B., eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press.