Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD)

The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA provides international standard facilities for ancient DNA research in Australia, and across the Southern Hemisphere. Research areas include responses to environmental change, evolutionary biology, and population genetic studies of animals, plants, pathogens, and human evolution. 

We have a purpose-built laboratory located in the state herbarium of the Botantic Gardens, where it is isolated from other areas of molecular biology research and protected from environmental contamination by positive air-pressure and UV light sterilisation. The facilities include freezer rooms, sample decontamination and preparation areas, and specialist still-air working areas for ancient human, animal, plant, sedimentary and microbial DNA studies. 

Our vision is to be a world leader in the research and development of advanced ancient DNA approaches for evolutionary, environmental and conservation applications. ACAD Team