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Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD)

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Combining advanced ancient DNA facilities with dedicated bioinformatics capabilities, ACAD conducts leading research into ancient human migration, megafaunal extinction, ancient microbiomes and forensic analysis.

Development of cutting-edge ancient DNA approaches is undertaken in collaboration and partnership with research teams, museums and industries around the world. Our success is based on a passion for science and a strong team dynamic, which results in the delivery of high impact publications, mentoring higher degree researchers and science outreach.

Latest publication Abrupt climate change played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals in the Earth's past. To read about this latest research published in Science, visit our publications page.


Workshops Early bird call now open for our 6th early career researchers workshop - Advanced Bioinformatics. Official webpage for registration and program details here. We're also hosting a 2 day workshop on Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) later this month. Both workshops have limited seating so please reserve your seat(s) early.

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ACAD Blog What's new in ancient DNA research? OAGR! This new genome database contains freely accessible data from ancient human genomes and microbiomes generated at ACAD and by our colleagues around the world. Find out more.


PhD opportunities at ACAD pdf Come join our team and work on exciting and interesting projects. Both domestic and international scholarships are available via the Adelaide Graduate Centre. To view available PhD projects, click here.


Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Biological Sciences
Darling Building
North Terrace Campus

The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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F: +61 8 8313 4364
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