Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Adikusuma is a research fellow in Genome Editing Laboratory led by Prof Paul Thomas. He completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide under Prof Thomas supervision. He is the recipient of a fellowship from CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform. Dr Adikusuma discovered the strategies to eliminate an entire chromosome using CRISPR genome editing. Also, his landmark finding that CRISPR-Cas9 cleavage often induces large deletions (Adikusuma et al Nature 2018) cautions the biomedical community about unintended and hitherto unrecognised editing outcomes that could occur when performing germline CRISPR genome editing therapy. Together with his students and Prof Thomas, he is now developing a highly efficient strategy of using CRISPR genome editing for therapeutic of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy that could lead to effective clinical genome editing therapy using CRISPR system.
My research is focused on developing CRISPR genome editing technology particularly for its use in mammalian cells and in mice. I explore CRISPR strategies that promote predictable and efficient DNA editing outcomes. For example, I invented the strategies to eliminate an entire chromosome using CRISPR genome editing (Adikusuma et al Molecular Therapy 2017). My research also studies how we can efficiently and effectively create genomic mutations using CRISPR technology and develop the CRISPR tools (constructs) to achieve the goal. Additionally, I study the repair outcomes (mutations) generated after DNA breaks induced by CRISPR endonuclease. For example, we found that CRISPR-Cas9 cleavage often induces large deletions (Adikusuma et al Nature 2018). The main goal of my research is to create knowledge and technology on genome editing that is widely used for vast applications such as basic research and therapeutics. One of my current research projects focuses on developing highly effective CRISPR therapy for a muscle-wasting genetic disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). We use DMD mouse models to test our CRISPR techniques in order to find the perfect formula that can effectively cure the disease. We will also try to translate our CRISPR techniques for use in humans to provide treatment for DMD patients.
Date Position Institution name 2018 Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2017 - 2018 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Award Early Career Researcher Award SAHMRI Australia — 2018 Fellowship CSIRO SynBio Fellowship CSIRO, University of Adelaide and SAHMRI Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 2011 - 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
Year Citation 2020 Pfitzner, C., White, M. A., Piltz, S. G., Scherer, M., Adikusuma, F., Hughes, J. N., & Thomas, P. Q. (2020). Progress Toward Zygotic and Germline Gene Drives in Mice. CRISPR Journal, 3(5), 388-397.
2019 Prowse, T. A., Adikusuma, F., Cassey, P., Thomas, P., & Ross, J. V. (2019). A Y-chromosome shredding gene drive for controlling pest vertebrate populations. eLife, 8, e41873-1-e41873-19.
DOI Scopus9 WoS7 Europe PMC4
2018 Robertson, L., Pederick, D., Piltz, S., White, M., Nieto, A., Ahladas, M., . . . Thomas, P. Q. (2018). Expanding the RNA-Guided Endonuclease Toolkit for Mouse Genome Editing.. The CRISPR journal, 1(6), 431-439.
2018 Adikusuma, F., Piltz, S., Corbett, M. A., Turvey, M., McColl, S. R., Helbig, K. J., . . . Thomas, P. Q. (2018). Large deletions induced by Cas9 cleavage. Nature, 560(7717), E8-E9.
DOI Scopus52 WoS54 Europe PMC20
2017 Adikusuma, F., Pederick, D., McAninch, D., Hughes, J., & Thomas, P. (2017). Functional equivalence of the SOX2 and SOX3 transcription factors in the developing mouse brain and testes. Genetics, 206(3), 1495-1503.
DOI Scopus12 WoS11 Europe PMC9
2017 Adikusuma, F., Williams, N., Grutzner, F., Hughes, J., & Thomas, P. (2017). Targeted Deletion of an Entire Chromosome Using CRISPR/Cas9. Molecular Therapy, 25(8), 1736-1738.
DOI Scopus25 WoS27 Europe PMC19
2017 Van Der Hoek, K., Eyre, N., Shue, B., Khantisitthiporn, O., Glab-Ampi, K., Carr, J., . . . Beard, M. (2017). Viperin is an important host restriction factor in control of Zika virus infection. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 4475 -1-4475-14.
DOI Scopus50 WoS49 Europe PMC34
2017 Adikusuma, F., Pfitzner, C., & Thomas, P. (2017). Versatile single-step-assembly CRISPR/Cas9 vectors for dual gRNA expression. PloS one, 12(12), 1-11.
DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC3
2014 Piltz, S., Adikusuma, F., Hughes, J., & Thomas, P. (2014). Rapid generation of mutant mice using CRISPR-mediated genome editing (tips and tricks). TRANSGENIC RESEARCH, 23(5), 867.
Year Citation 2020 Pfitzner, C., Prowse, T., Adikusuma, F., Piltz, S., Cassey, P., Ross, J., & Thomas, P. (2020). Safe development of CRISPR gene drives for invasive rodent population suppression. Poster session presented at the meeting of TRANSGENIC RESEARCH. SPRINGER. 2014 Piltz, S. G. (2014). Rapid generation of mutant mice using CRISPR mediated genome editing (tips and tricks). Poster session presented at the meeting of Transgenic Research. Ediburgh, UK: Springer.
CSIRO SynBio fellowship for developing genome editing strategies for DMD therapeutic
- Advanced Research Platforms, Masters of Biotechnology
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Co-Supervisor Development of novel CRISPR/Cas9 therapies for genetic eye disease Master of Philosophy (Medical Science) Master Full Time Ms Ashleigh Geiger 2020 Co-Supervisor Developing CRISPR/Cas9-Based Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using a Humanised Preclinical Model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yu Chinn Joshua Chey 2020 Co-Supervisor Development of a highly efficient CRISPR-Cas9 gene therapy strategy for precise restoration of dystrophin in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jayshen Christa Arudkumar
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