Professor Peter Adams

President of the Acad Board

Office of the President of the Academic Board
p.adams@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51320

Overview

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.

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

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.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Dearden, Ellen, Duck, Julie M., Matthews, Kelly, Kavanagh, Lydia, Dominic McGrath, Adams, Peter and Simbag, Vilma (2016). Teaching induction program evaluation: a research intensive institution perspective. In: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference, Fremantle, WA, Australia, (). 4-7 July, 2016.

  • Matthews, Kelly, Adams, Peter, Belward, Shaun, Coady, Carmel, Rylands, Leanne and Simbag, Vilma (2012). Quantitative skills in science: findings from 13 case studies. In: Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Sydney Australia, (). 26-28 September 2012.

  • Belward, Shaun, Matthews, Kelly, Rylands, Leanne, Coady, Carmel, Adams, Peter and Simbag, Vilma (2011). A study of the Australian tertiary sector's portrayed view of the relevance of quantitative skills in science. In: Julie Clark, Barry Kissane, Judith Mousley, Toby Spencer and Steve Thornton, Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices: Proceedings of the AAMT–MERGA. Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2011, Alice Springs, NT, Australia, (107-114). 3-7 July 2011.

  • Jennings, Michael and Adams, Peter (2011). An open-access online question generator with fully worked solutions. In: Julie Clark, Barry Kissane, Judith Mousley, Toby Spencer and Steve Thornton, Mathematics: Traditions and [New] Practices : Proceedings of the AAMT–MERGA Conference. Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2011, Alice Springs, NT, Australia, (981-988). 3-7 July 2011.

  • Belward, S. R., Matthews, K. E., Thompson, K. V., Pelaez, N. J., Coady, C., Adams, P., Simbag, V. A. and Rylands, L. J. (2011). Applying mathematical thinking: The role of mathematicians and scientists in equipping the new generation scientist. In: Proceedings of Volcanic Delta 2011. Volcanic Delta 2011: The Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, Rotorua, New Zealand, (12-21). 27 November - 2 December 2011.

  • Rylands, Leanne J., Matthews, Kelly E., Simbag, Vilma A., Belward, Shaun, Adams, Peter and Coady, Carmel (2011). Building quantitative skills of undergraduate science students: Exploring the educational resources. In: Manjula Sharma, Alexandra Yeung, Trisha Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson, Gerry Rayner and Jan West, Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2011. Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Melbourne, Australia, (145-150). 28-30 September 2011.

  • Lawrie, G. A., Matthews, K., Taylor, M., Adams, P. and Gahan, L. R. (2011). Computer-assisted collaborative learning in large 1st year classes through interdisciplinary scenario-inquiry tasks: IS-IT chemistry?. In: The 2011 CAL Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, (). 13-15 April 2011.

  • Lawrie, Gwen, Matthews, Kelly, Gahan, Lawrence, Adams, Peter, Kavanagh, Lydia and Weaver, Gabriela (2011). IS-IT Chemistry? Challenging students to think 'outside the box' through interdisciplinary challenges. In: Gordon Research Conference in Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Davidson, NC, U.S.A., (). 26 June - 1 July 2011.

  • Matthews, Kelly, Adams, Peter and Goos, Merrilyn E. (2011). Integrating mathematics and the life sciences to better prepare graduates for medical school. In: Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA, U.S.A., (). 6-9 January 2011.

  • Matthews, Kelly E., Deanne Gannaway and Adams, Peter (2010). A model for driving large-scale quality learning in higher education. In: International Consortium for Educational Development, Barcelona, Spain, (). 28-30 June 2010.

  • Matthews, Kelly, Adams, Peter, Coady, Carmel, Rylands, Leanne, Belward, Shaun, Tariq, Vicki, Thompson, Katerina and Pelaez, Nancy (2010). Quantitative skills (QS) in science : Curriculum models for the future. In: Science and Mathematics: Managing teaching for diversity, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 22-23 November 2010.

  • Belward, Shaun, Matthews, Kelly, Adams, Peter, Rylands, Leanne and Coady, Carmel (2010). Quantitative skills in science: Creating STEM curricula that builds the mathematical and statistical skills of undergraduate students. In: STEM in Education Conference. STEM in Education Conference, Brisbane Australia, (). 26-27 November 2010.

  • Matthews, K.E., Goos, M. and Adams, P. (2009). Building the mathematical and computational skills of science students. In: Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington DC, United States, (). 5-8 January, 2009.

  • Matthews, K.E., Goos, M. and Adams, P. (2009). Putting it into perspective: Mathematics in the undergraduate science curriculum. In: 7th Bi-annual Southern Right Delta Conference, Gordon's Bay, South Africa, (). 29 Nov – 4 Dec, 2009.

  • Matthews, K.E., Adams, P. and Gannaway, D. (2009). The impact of social learning spaces on student engagement. In: Karen Nelson, Proceedings of the 12th Annual Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference. Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, Townsville, Qld., Australia, (1-10). 29 June - 1 July 2009.

  • Matthews, K.E., Gannaway, D. and Adams, P. (2009). The impact of social learning spaces on the student experience. In: Blended Learning Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: University of Queensland, (). 18 June, 2009.

  • Matthews, K.E., Goos, M. and Adams, P. (2009). Translating the principles of Bio2010 into practice. In: Joint Mathematics Meetings, Washington DC, United States, (). 5-8 January, 2009.

  • McManus, M., Adams, P., Poronnik, P., Lluka, L. and Myatt, P. (2007). The undergraduate research apprenticeship - improving the relevance of science teaching through authentic research experience.. In: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Adelaide, (). 8-11 July, 2007.

  • Adams, Peter, Eggleton, Roger and MacDougall, James (2006). Graphs with a given degree sequence. In: Congressus numerantium. Thirty-Seventh Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing, Boca Raton, FL, (15-31). March 6-10, 2006.

  • Adams, Peter, Eggleton, Roger and MacDougall, James A. (2006). Taxonomy of Graphs of Order 10. In: Proceedings of Congressus Numerantium 180. Congressus Numerantium 180, not found, (65-80). 17 July, 2006.

  • Adams, Peter, Eggleton, Roger B. and MacDougall, James A. (2004). Degree Sequences and Poset Structure of Order 9 Graphs. In: Congressus numerantium. Thirty-Fifth Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Boca Raton, FL, U.S.A., (83-95). 8-12 March, 2004.

  • Keith, J. M., Adams, P., Bryant, D. E., Mitchelson, K. R., Cochran, D.A.E. and Lala, G. H. (2003). Inferring an original sequence from erroneous copies: A Bayesian approach. In: Y-P. Phoebe Chen, Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology. First Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference, Adelaide Conference Centre, (23-28). 3-6 February, 2003.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision