Researcher Profile

Professor Dave Edwards

Dave Edwards
Dave Edwards

Phone: +61 8 6488 2415

Research Expertise:
  • Genomics: structure, expression and variation
  • Bioinformatics
  • Evolution
  • Crop improvement
  • Climate change

Previous Positions

Academic history:

PhD University of Cambridge 2000
BSc (Hons) University of Nottingham 1989

Recent posts:

2015 - present Professor, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
2011 - 2015 Professor, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2007 - 2011 Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2002 - 2007 Plant Biotechnology Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
1997 - 2002 IACR Long Ashton, University of Bristol, UK.


I gained an Honours degree in agriculture from the University of Nottingham and a PhD from the Department of Plant Science, University of Cambridge, UK. I have engaged in research in a range of organisms but with a focus on crop plant genomics. Following my PhD studies which identified functionally conserved genes between plants and fungi, I worked briefly in the Genetics Department of the University of Cambridge on rice genome structure before joining Long Ashton Research Station, Bristol, UK. During my time in Bristol, I studied 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 computational 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 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 as an Associate Professor (level D) to support bioinformatics for the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics and establish a research group in applied bioinformatics. In 2011 I was promoted to Professor (level E). During this period, I established a dedicated applied bioinformatics research group and contributed to honours and masters level courses in plant science and bioinformatics. Research during this period led to 69 peer reviewed publications including high impact journals such as Science (4), Nature Genetics, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications and Genome Biology (3), funded by more than $10m in competitive research grants. In January 2015 I accepted an ongoing position as Professor in cereal genomics at the University of Western Australia. My current research activities include the characterisation of complex plant genomes, translational genomics and genome informatics, with a focus on wheat, Brassica and chickpea crops. Details of my current research activities and links to publications are available through my group home page:

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Most frequent journals
  • Plant Biotechnology Journal

    ISSNs: 1467-7644, 1467-7652


    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 6.92 SJR 2.842 SNIP 1.814

    Indexed in DOAJ

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Theoretical and Applied Genetics

    ISSNs: 0040-5752, 1432-2242


    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 4 SJR 1.749 SNIP 1.606

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Frontiers in Plant Science

    ISSNs: 1664-462X

    Frontiers Media S. A.

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 4.52 SJR 1.917 SNIP 1.239

    Indexed in DOAJ

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Science

    ISSNs: 0036-8075, 0096-3771, 1095-9203

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 14.39 SJR 13.535 SNIP 7.688

    Journal: ERA2018


    ISSNs: 1438-793X, 1438-7948

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1438-7948

    Springer-Verlag London Ltd.

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.37 SJR 1.246 SNIP 0.92

    Journal: ERA2018

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