Emeritus Professor David Catcheside

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (339/341)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Emeritus Professor with full academic status.
BSc (special Hons), University of London
ARCS, Imperial College, London
PhD, University of Birmingham
Honours, awards and grants

Forbes Memorial Medal and prize
Conservation Medal, Field Naturalists Society of South Australia, Jointly with PS Catcheside

Patron, Australasian Mycological Society, Jointly with PS Catcheside

Key responsibilities

Research, higher degree supervision

Research expertise
Research interests

Molecular genetics, particularly the mechanism of genetic recombination and mutation and their regulation in collaboration with Dr Frederick Bowring and Dr Jane Yeadon and colleagues in the USA; development of novel forensic DNA technologies, in collaboration with Professor Leigh Burgoyne; documentation of the larger fungi in South Australia, in collaboration with Pam Catcheside, Antibiotics from fungi in collaboration with Professor Leigh Burgoyne. Sequencing the genomes of 24 fungi to explore the origin of the sequestrate (truffle) species in collaboration with colleages in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Teaching interests

Mycology, microbial genetics

Supervisory interests
Antibiotic discovery
Molecular genetics of recombination
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Bioconversion of coal (1), Genetics of recombination (3), Directed evolution (2)
Associate supervisor: Biochemical genetics (3), Forensic profiling of soil (1), Button mushroom production (1)
Expert for media contact
Bioconversion of coal
Biology of Fungi
Molecular Genetics, recombination
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