Paul Thomas

Professor, PhD

  • 6285 Citations
  • 36 h-Index
1992 …2020

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Prof Paul Thomas leads the Genome Editing Laboratory and SA Genome Editing Facility at the University of Adelaide and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. 

Prof Thomas completed his Ph.D. at the University of Adelaide in 1994. He then moved to the National Institute for Medical Research (London) and completed a 3 year post-doctoral position with the late Dr. Rosa Beddington, who was a world-leader in the field of developmental biology. In 1998, he retuned to Australia with the support of a NHMRC Florey Fellowship and established an independent research group at the Murdoch Institute in Melbourne.  In 2006, he moved to the University of Adelaide and in 2008 was awarded a prestigious Pfizer Australia Research Fellowship. In 2014 he was promoted to full Professor and established the SA Genome Editing (SAGE) facility. In 2018, he relocated to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. 



Research Interests

Prof Thomas's research focuses on the development of CRISPR/CAS9 genome editing technology for a range of applications including generation and analysis of mouse models for neurodevelopmental disorders and synthetic gene drives for invasive pest suppression. He has published more than 80 scientific articles with >7,000 citations. His research is supported by the USA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the NHMRC.

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Research Output

Functional screening of GATOR1 complex variants reveals a role for mTORC1 deregulation in FCD and focal epilepsy

Dawson, R. E., Nieto Guil, A. F., Robertson, L., Piltz, S., Hughes, J. N. & Thomas, P., 1 Feb 2020, In : Neurobiology of Disease. 134, 104640.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Investigating cortical features of Sotos syndrome using mice heterozygous for Nsd1

Oishi, S., Zalucki, O., Vega, M. S., Harkins, D., Harvey, T. J., Kasherman, M., Davila, R. A., Hale, L., White, M., Piltz, S., Thomas, P., Burne, T. H. J., Harris, L. & Piper, M., 1 Jan 2020, In : Genes, Brain and Behavior. e12637.

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The gene encoding the ketogenic enzyme HMGCS2 displays a unique expression during gonad development in mice

Bagheri-Fam, S., Chen, H., Wilson, S., Ayers, K., Hughes, J., Sloan-Bena, F., Calvel, P., Robevska, G., Puisac, B., Kusz-Zamelczyk, K., Gimelli, S., Spik, A., Jaruzelska, J., Warenik-Szymankiewicz, A., Faradz, S., Nef, S., Pié, J., Thomas, P., Sinclair, A. & Wilhelm, D., 1 Jan 2020, In : PloS one. 15, 1, e0227411.

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A Y-chromosome shredding gene drive for controlling pest vertebrate populations

Prowse, T. A., Adikusuma, F., Cassey, P., Thomas, P. & Ross, J. V., 1 Feb 2019, In : eLife. 8, e41873.

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4 Citations (Scopus)

Locally Fixed Alleles: A method to localize gene drive to island populations

Sudweeks, J., Hollingsworth, B., Blondel, D. V., Campbell, K. J., Dhole, S., Eisemann, J. D., Edwards, O., Godwin, J., Howald, G. R., Oh, K. P., Piaggio, A. J., Prowse, T. A. A., Ross, J. V., Saah, J. R., Shiels, A. B., Thomas, P., Threadgill, D. W., Vella, M. R., Gould, F. & Lloyd, A. L., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 15821.

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2 Citations (Scopus)