Rakesh David

Rakesh David

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

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

My research interests is in plant epigenetics with a focus on understanding non-coding RNA-mediated mechanisms to fine-tune gene expression and maintain genome stability and how these ultimately contribute towards physiological adaption. I use a combination of next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics and molecular tools to dissect these pathways and elucidate the biological significance of epigenetic machinery.


Research areas:

  1. Epitranscriptome modifications: Molecular functions of post-transcriptional RNA modifications, 5-methylcytosine (m5C) in regulating gene expression and responses to the environment.
  2. RNA transport and signalling: Investigate the role of mobile RNA transcripts in response to stress using grafting techniques in combination with high-throughput RNA sequencing. Identifying molecular signatures of mobile RNA transcripts in plants using bioinformatic approaches. GitHub repository: https://github.com/CharlotteSai/DiRT
  3. Text Analytics: Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning models for automatic extraction of protein features from unstructured biomedical text. GitHub repository: https://github.com/RhysMenezes/find-a-protein
  • Appointments

    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

Interdisciplinary Research Funding Scheme - University of Adelaide (2018)

  • 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)
  • Guest Lecture (2018, 2019): Research Skills for Applied Biology II (APP BIOL 2500WT)
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor A Multiple 'Omics' Approach to Study the Interaction between the Vitis Vinifera Transcriptome and Epigenome and the Barossa Valley Terroir Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pastor Jullian Fabres
    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
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2018 Principal Supervisor tRNA:mRNA dicistronic transcripts are a conserved feature in flowering plants transcriptomes The University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Master of Biotechnology (Plant Biotechnology) Master Full Time Fei Zheng
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member RNA society United States
    2015 - ongoing Member Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Plant Scientists Australia

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