Professor Paul Thomas
Prof Paul Thomas is Director of the SA Genome Editing Facility at the University of Adelaide and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
Prof Thomas completed his Ph.D. at the University of Adelaide in 1994. He then moved to the National Institute for Medical Research (London) and completed a 3 year post-doctoral position with the late Dr. Rosa Beddington, who was a world-leader in the field of developmental biology. In 1998, he retuned to Australia with the support of a NHMRC Florey Fellowship and established an independent research group at the Murdoch Institute in Melbourne. In 2006, he moved to the University of Adelaide and in 2008 was awarded a prestigious Pfizer Australia Research Fellowship. In 2014 he was promoted to full Professor and established the SA Genome Editing (SAGE) facility. In 2018, he relocated to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute where he directs the Developmental Genetics laboratory and SAGE facility.
His research focuses on the development of CRISPR/CAS9 genome editing technology for a range of applications including disease modelling, corrective gene therapy and development of synthetic gene drives. He has published more than 80 scientific articles with >6,800 citations. His research is supported primarily by the USA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council.