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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.

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Introduction to bioinformatics

Know what bioinformatics is about? Interested University of Adelaide students are invited to register for this 2 day workshop, which includes theory and hands-on practicals on mining large scale genomic data (storing, moving and analysing genetic sequences). Skills with bioinformatics are highly advantageous for students wishing to continue with research, or for careers solving challenging biomedical or evolutionary questions. Register here.

Recent publication

Analyses of bone chemistry of megafauna fossils from 3 continents (Eurasia, North America and South America) shed light on climate conditions at the end of the last ice age that contributed to alterations of feeding grounds for some of our extinct species. Read more

ACAD's blog

View the latest eye-catching video produced by Barefoot Nature, who visited the international research team at Natural Trap Cave, Wyoming, USA, to capture a week of caving, archeology and exacavation. It's another day at the office for some lucky researchers. Click here

We are recruiting!

PhD and job opportunties now available. Come join our team and work on exciting and interesting projects. Both domestic and international scholarships are available via application. Learn more

Our open day!

UoA Science undergrads are invited to come along to our Research Careers Day, August 2nd. What happens after an undergrad degree? Well, come along and hear about the latest cutting edge research. Summer vacation scholarships and Honours projects will be on offer, which you can discuss with potential supervisors. Free pizza and drinks! Register for this event here.


The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA is supported by the Environment Institute and is a major research initiative of the School of Biological Sciences and the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide.


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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