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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.

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.

Latest publication Ice Age cave painting answers the mystery of a hybrid bison, to have originated over 120,000 years ago. Research published this month in Nature Communications can be found here.


ACAD's Blog posts "GMOs: Not just for dinner": Read ACAD's latest blog presented to you by our PhD students.


We are recruiting! PhD opportunities at ACAD pdf Come join our team and work on exciting and interesting projects. Both domestic and international scholarships are available via application. The Adelaide Graduate Centre provides further information on the application process and types of scholarships. To view our new 2017 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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