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Dr Sankar Subramanian


  • Senior Lecturer, Genetics
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A.1.98, USC Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Sankar Subramanian

Dr Sankar Subramanian is a Senior Lecturer in Genetics. Sankar joined UniSC as a Senior Research Fellow in March 2017. Prior to this he worked at the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Griffith University. His research primarily centers around the question of, how does genetic drift influence mutations. Sankar worked on a number of research projects to investigate the interaction between drift and mutations, which include the evolution of codon usage bias in animal genomes, temporal patterns of deleterious mutations in humans and penguins, difference in the allele frequencies of polymorphisms in global human populations. Sankar has developed methods to identify and quantify deleterious mutations in human populations.

Dr Subramanian is also interested in estimating rates of mutations and divergence times between species and populations. His research also focuses on studying ancient genomes to understand the past demographic history of vertebrates including ancient penguins, tuatara (a New Zealand reptile), moa (an extinct bird) and ancient humans. Furthermore, he is investigating the population history, mutational load and admixture patterns of modern and ancient Aboriginal Australians. At USC, he has started working on the conservation genomics of Australian Dingoes.

Professional memberships

  • Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution


  • 2018 - Queensland-Smithsonian Fellow
  • 2017 - USC Senior Research Fellow

Research grants

Project Name

Funding Body

Trails of migration out of Africa in harmful mutations of the First Peoples

Australian Research Council - Discovery
Characterising the deleterious mutational load in Aboriginal Australians

Australian Research Council - Linkage

Research areas

  • Population genomics
  • Molecular evolution
  • Ancient DNA
  • Bioinformatics

Teaching areas

  • Genetics
  • Bioinformatics

Investigating the rates and patterns of mutations in humans, evolutionary and conservation genomics of dingoes and population genomics of Australian king fish.

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