International Plant & Animal Genome Conference / PAG 32 • January 10-15, 2025  •  San Diego, CA, USA

a.cooper-sm2016Professor, and Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide, Australia
Tuesday, January 17, 8:00 AM / Town & Country Ballroom

Talk Title: Ancient DNA Records of Genome Evolution


Prof. Alan Cooper has played a central role in the development of the field of ancient DNA, starting with his PhD research in Allan Wilson’s UC Berkeley laboratory with Svante Paabo. He established the Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre at the University of Oxford, and was Professor of Ancient Biomolecules from 2001-2005. He then moved to the University of Adelaide as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in 2005 and established the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD). He was an ARC Future Fellow 2011-2014, and was awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2015. In 2016 he was named the South Australian Scientist of the Year.

Prof. Cooper’s research interests include the use of ancient genetic data and analytical approaches to study key evolutionary processes across a broad range of timescales and biogeography – including genomic responses to past climate and environmental changes, extinction events, human evolution and migration, and the evolution of microbiomes and disease. His multi-disciplinary focus integrates data from genomics, bioinformatics, zoology, archaeology, microbiology, forensics, palaeontology, physical dating methods, and climate records.


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