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Dr Rakesh David

Rakesh David
Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

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Dr Rakesh David

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

  1. Crop Transport information, Physiology and Signalling database (CropTiPS) Development of a biological database of proteins involved in membrane transport from four important agronomic crop species: rice, wheat, barley and maize. The project is based in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (CoE PEB) in collaboration with the University of Adelaide Library and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). The aim of the project is provide a comprehensive knowledgebase of crop transport proteins to the international plant research community through an online portal that will be hosted on the University of Adelaide web server. 
  2. Epitranscriptome modifications: Molecular functions of post-transcriptional RNA modifications, specifically 5-methylcytosine (m5C), in regulating gene expression and responses to the environment.
  3. Systemic RNA signalling: Investigate the role of mobile RNA transcripts that are transported between plant tissues in response to stress using grafting techniques in combination with high-throughput RNA sequencing.


Date Position Institution name
2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2013 - 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2012 - 2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The Australian National University

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
PhD The Australian National University Australia
Masters of Biotechnology The University of Queensland Australia


Year Citation
2018 Wang, D., Gu, J., David, R., Wang, Z., Yang, S., Searle, I., . . . Timmis, J. (2018). Experimental reconstruction of double-stranded break repair-mediated plastid DNA insertion into the tobacco nucleus. The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology, 93(2), 227-234.
2017 David, R., Burgess, A., Parker, B., Li, J., Pulsford, K., Sibbritt, T., . . . Searle, I. (2017). Transcriptome-wide Mapping of RNA 5-Methylcytosine in Arabidopsis mRNAs and non-coding RNAs. The Plant cell, 29(3), 16.00751-1-16.0075-30.
DOI Scopus11 WoS11 Europe PMC5
2016 Burgess, A., David, R., & Searle, I. (2016). Deciphering the epitranscriptome: a green perspective. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 58(10), 822-835.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC2
2015 Burgess, A., David, R., & Searle, I. (2015). Conservation of tRNA and rRNA 5-methylcytosine in the kingdom Plantae. BMC Plant Biology, 15(1), 199-1-199-17.
DOI Scopus21 WoS22 Europe PMC15
2007 Keys, J. R., Tallack, M. R., Hodge, D. J., Cridland, S. O., David, R., & Perkins, A. C. (2007). Genornic organisation and regulation of murine alpha haemoglobin stabilising protein by erythroid Kruppel-like factor. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMATOLOGY, 136(1), 150-157.
DOI WoS23 Europe PMC17

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2018 Li, J., Wu, X., Do, T., Nguyen, V., Zhao, J., QinNg, P., . . . Searle, I. R. (2018). Quantitative and single nucleotide resolution profiling of RNA 5-methylcytosine.. In R. Gupta, & N. Wajapeyee (Eds.), Epitranscriptomics: Methods and Protocols.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2017 Burgess, A., David, R., Sibbritt, T., Jones, A., Preiss, T., Searle, I. R., & David, R. (2017). RNA 5-methylcytosine is required for oxidative stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Poster session presented at the meeting of COMBIO.
2015 David, R., Lim, H. M., & Searle, I. R. (2015). Identification of pla/ubp14, an Arabidopsis mutant that displays lengthened plastochron and larger organs. Poster session presented at the meeting of Annual Genetics Society of Australasia conference.
David, R. (n.d.). CropTiPS database information poster presented at ComBio2017 (Adelaide). Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference.


Year Citation
Sai, N., Rodriguez Lopez, C. M., Bogias, K., Pederson, S., Burgess, A., Breen, J., . . . David, R. (n.d.). Bioinformatic pipeline to detect di-cistronic RNA transcripts from RNA-sequencing data [Computer Software].
David, R., Hooper, C. M., Castleden, I. R., Gilliham, M., & Tyerman, S. (n.d.). CropTiPS database (Crop Transport information, Physiology and Signalling) - [Computer Software].
  • Design and implementation of practical component for GENETICS3211 – Plant Transgene Expression and RNA Modifications (Undergraduate, Year 3, University of Adelaide, 2015)
  • Practical demonstrating experience: BOTN3006 - Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Undergraduate, Year 3 – University of Queensland, 2004), BIOT7011 - DNA and Protein Technology (Postgraduate, University of Queensland, 2005), BIOC7009 – Emerging Biotechnologies II (Postgraduate, University of    Queensland, 2005)

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Co-Supervisor Decoding The Unique Terroir of Australian Wines Using Multi-Omics Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pastor Jullian Fabres

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Identification and Functional Characterization of Long Noncoding RNAs Involved in Endosperm Development of Arabidopsis thaliana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Quang Trung Do
2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Conservation and Function of RNA 5-methylcytosine in Plants Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Alice Louise Burgess


Date Role Membership Country
2015 - ongoing Member Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Australia
2010 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Plant Scientists Australia
Postdoctoral Fellow
Plant Research Centre, floor 2
Org Unit
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine