• The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


1992 …2020

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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: http://www.appliedbioinformatics.com.au/

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.

Research expertise keywords

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

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Research Output

Climate change and the need for agricultural adaptation

Anderson, R., Bayer, P. E. & Edwards, D., 11 Feb 2020, In : Current Opinion in Plant Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Current biology special issue: AGRI2019

    Edwards, D. & Naithani, S., Jun 2020, In : Current Plant Biology. 22, 100155.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access

    Genetic and signalling pathways of dry fruit size: targets for genome editing-based crop improvement

    Hussain, Q., Shi, J., Scheben, A., Zhan, J., Wang, X., Liu, G., Yan, G., King, G. J., Edwards, D. & Wang, H., 1 May 2020, In : Plant Biotechnology Journal. 18, 5, p. 1124-1140 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • Legume pangenome construction using an iterative mapping and assembly approach

    Hu, H., Yuan, Y., Bayer, P. E., Fernandez, C. T., Scheben, A., Golicz, A. A. & Edwards, D., 1 Jan 2020, Legume Genomics: Methods and Protocols. Jain, M. & Garg, R. (eds.). New York: Humana Press, Vol. 2107. p. 35-47 13 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 2107).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

  • Method for Genome-Wide Association Study: A Soybean Example

    Anderson, R., Fernandez, C. T., Yuan, Y., Golicz, A. A., Edwards, D. & Bayer, P. E., 2020, Methods in Molecular Biology . Humana, New York, NY, Vol. 2107. p. 147-158 12 p. (Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

  • Datasets

    Pigeon pea pangenome contig assembly, annotation, SNPs, PAV

    Zhao, J. (Creator), Bayer, P. (Creator), Ruperao, P. (Creator), Saxena, R. (Creator), Khan, M. A. W. (Creator), Golicz, A. (Creator), Nguyen, H. (Creator), Batley, J. (Creator), Edwards, D. (Creator) & Varshney, R. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 4 Apr 2019



    Supplementary data for manuscript:"High intraspecific diversity of Restorer-of-fertility-like genes in barley"

    Melonek, J. (Creator), Zhou, R. (Creator), Bayer, P. (Creator), Edwards, D. (Creator), Stein, N. (Creator) & Small, I. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 21 Sep 2018



    Amborella pangenome

    Hu, R. (Creator), Scheben, A. P. (Creator), Verpaalen, B. (Creator), Tirnaz, S. (Creator), Bayer, P. (Creator), Hodel, R. G. J. (Creator), Batley, J. (Creator), Soltis, D. E. (Creator), Soltis, P. S. (Creator) & Edwards, D. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 14 Feb 2020



    Brassicaceae RGA candidate protein sequences

    Tirnaz, S. (Creator), Bayer, P. (Creator), Batley, J. (Creator) & Edwards, D. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 3 Nov 2019