ACAD is one of the leading ancient DNA centres in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. With an international reputation for highly-innovative research, ACAD is developing new platform technologies, and collaborative programs with international research leaders across multiple fields.
Researchers in ACAD study evolution and environmental change through time using preserved genetic records in human, animal, plant and sedimentary material. The centre’s key interests include molecular studies of population genetics, paleoenvironments, phylogeny, phylogeography, molecular clocks, and the application of DNA sequences deposited through time.
On-going international projects include the extinctions of megafauna, impacts of climate change, genetic development of domestic species, human evolution. The centre also focuses on the genetic characteristics of extinct species such as mammoth, sabre-tooth cats, cave lions, New Zealand moa, ancient humans, neandertal and Flores homonids
A major initiative is the study of human evolution, and we are the sole research centre for ancient DNA research in the 'Genographic Project' funded by the National Geographic Society and Waitt Family Foundation, which aims to characterise large numbers of mitochondrial and nuclear markers in a broad survey of human populations around the world.
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Genographic Project 'reveal' event was held on Dec 7. Hosted by
Professor Alan Cooper, the "reveal" event examined the results of the
Adelaide public swabbing. Find out more.|
View Dr Jeremy Austin's Research Tuesdays presentation "The Devil's in the D-tales: How ancient DNA is demystifying today". Download video.