University of Queensland St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)7 3346 7084 email: Dave.Edwards@uq.edu.au
PhD University of Cambridge 1997 BSc (Hons) University of Nottingham 1989
2007 – present University of Queensland. A/Prof 2003 - 2007 Plant Biotechnology Centre, Victoria, Australia. Statewide Leader - CBDT 2002 - 2003 Plant Biotechnology Centre, Victoria, Australia. Senior Research Scientist 2001 - 2002 IACR Long Ashton, University of Bristol, UK. Senior Post Doc. BBSRC IGF 2000 - 2001 IACR Long Ashton, University of Bristol, UK. Post Doc. BBSRC GAIT 1997 - 2000 IACR Long Ashton, University of Bristol, UK. Post Doc. EU Zeropa 1996 -1997 Genetics Dept. University of Cambridge, UK. Post Doc
My research has predominantly been a study of the structure and expression of plant genomes. Working in both industry and academia, I have engaged in research in a range of crops and model organisms. Following my PhD studies at the University of Cambridge, I spent a short spell in the Genetics Department of the University of Cambridge working on rice genome structure before joining Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol, UK. During my time in Bristol, I worked on EU and UK funded projects in the areas of tissue specific gene regulation, cereal gene function and bioinformatics. We developed cereal microarrays for both high throughput transposon mutagenesis and gene expression profiling along with computer based tools for sequence data analysis and molecular marker discovery.
I joined the Victorian Department of Primary Industries in 2002 to lead a team in Brassica genomics and establish capabilities in bioinformatics. I had responsibility for the agrifood node of the Victorian Microarray Technology Consortium, the Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium, and a CRC funded group researching endophyte genomics. I established a strawberry genomics program and led Australia’s participation in the Multinational Brassica Genome Project. The computational Biology group was particularly successful, with established international linkages and capabilities demonstrated through student and staff training as well as numerous peer reviewed publications. In 2007, I moved to the University of Queensland to lead the Bioinformatics group for the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics and establish independent research in applied bioinformatics. Since this move, the group has attracted more than 6.5 M AU$ in competitive funds and is establishing itself as a leading bioinformatics group in Australia. Our current research activities include the second generation sequencing of complex plant genomes and bacterial metagenomic populations, genome annotation, diversity analysis and data visualisation.