David L Adelson

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Professor, PhD.
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David Adelson is Professor and Chair of Bioinformatics and Computational Genetics and Zhendong Chair of Molecular Traditional Chinese Medicine in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide.  Prof. Adelson is currently Director of the Zhendong Centre of Molecular Traditional Chinese Medicine. The philosophy of the Zhendong Centre is that complex molecular effects of TCM preparations will provide a molecular basis for understanding the mode of action of TCM and support integration into Western medicine.  A major approach to this work uses transcriptome analysis to identify entire pathways or co-expression sub-networks in cancer cells that are altered as a result of a particular TCM preparation, Compound Kushen Injection.  
Prof. Adelson’s current research also focuses on the non-coding portions of animal genomes, such as regions used to transcribe ncRNAs (piRNAs and lncRNAs) and the computational analysis of repetitive, so called “Junk DNA”, in order to understand large scale evolutionary/structural changes in animal genomes.  He has led the analysis of repetitive DNA for the cow and horse genome sequencing consortia and his lab is currently working on the Elephant, Echidna, Tuatara and Pogona repetitive DNA analyses for those genome projects.  Additional aspects of the genome evolution work include understanding the impact of horizontal transfer of repetitive elements in higher organisms.
Prior to moving to Adelaide in 2007, Prof Adelson worked at Texas A&M University from 2001, and before that worked for CSIRO from 1988.  Prof Adelson obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry), from the John A Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1985 and carried out postdoctoral research at Duke University.

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The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

The South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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