Professor Alan Cooper, 2016 South Australian Scientist of the Year and prominent ancient DNA researcher, will give a plenary address as part of the 4th Annual EMBL Australia PhD Course at Monash University.
An ARC Laureate Fellow, Prof. Cooper’s work regularly features in the highest profile journals and global media – most recently for leading research that proved, through DNA analysis of hair samples, that indigenous Australians descended from one founding population, which arrived on the continent 50,000 years ago.
By creating detailed pictures of climate change, human history, and disease, Prof. Cooper’s work is critical to Australia’s future. He has led many large international multi-disciplinary studies, as well as detailing the first genome of an extinct species and reconstructing the genomic history of Europe. He is also the founder and director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide, an internationally leading research centre that studies issues ranging from Aboriginal genetic heritage to the impacts of environmental change and the evolution of human diseases.
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