Professor Peter Adams

Associate Dean, Academic

Faculty of Science

Deputy President

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Research Interests

  • Bioinformatics: DNA Sequencing
    Development of a novel technique for sequencing problematic genomic regions, using a combination of techniques from mathematics, computer science and molecular biology. We are developing methods to avoid problems that arise during sequencing and cloning. This work is the subject of three provisional patent applications, has attracted sizeable government funding and investor capital, and forms the basis of a biotechnology start-up company. The work is joint with the Australian Genome Research Facility.
  • Bioinformatics: Drug Discovery
    Research into methods for virtual screening of virtual libraries of compounds, thus creating focused libraries to be used in drug discovery. We use a combination of highperformance computing, combinatorial searches, graph theory and molecular biology to identify protein surface shapes that are common to many proteins. This work has also been patented, has attracted a large amount of investor capital and forms the basis of another start-up company. The research is joint with the Centre for Drug Design and Development.
  • Graph Theory and Design Theory
    My pure research is in combinatorics, with specific interest in graphs, recursive constructions, decomposition problems, properties of latin squares, and arrangements of objects.
  • High-performance Computing
    Developing computational methods and algorithms for rapidly finding specific combinatorial designs and graph decompositions. Methods we are developing include automated code generation and efficient parallel algorithms for CPU clusters.


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Jennings, Michael and Adams, Peter (2013). Mathematics and the pharmacokinetics of alcohol. In Gloria Ann Stillman, Gabriele Kaiser, Werner Blum and Jill P. Brown (Ed.), Teaching Mathematical Modelling: Connecting to Research and Practice (pp. 597-606) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-6540-5_51

  • Keith, J. M., Hawkes D. B., Carter, J. C., Cochran, D. A. E., Adams, P., Bryant, D. E. and Mitchelson, K. R. (2007). Sequencing aided by mutagenesis facilitates the de novo sequencing of megabase DNA fragments by short read lengths. In Mitchelson, K. R. (Ed.), New High Throughput Technologies for DNA Sequencing and Genomics (pp. 303-326) Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/S1871-0069(06)02010-6

  • Cochran, Duncan, Lala, Gita, Keith, Jonathan, Adams, Peter, Bryant, Darryn and Mitchelson, Keith (2006). Sequencing by Aligning Mutated DNA Fragments (SAM). In Wan-Li, Xing and Jing, Cheng (Ed.), The Frontiers of Biochip Technology (pp. 231-245) New York: Springer Science+Business Media.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision