Ground Breaking Epigenetic Discoveries Seminar (May 17th, 2023)

Twice a year EpiCSA will showcase a researcher from around the globe who is conducting paradigm shifting research changing the field of Chromatin biology and epigenetics.

This session will be Prof. Xingguo Liu from Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences

‘Nuclear Localization of mitochondrial TCA cycle enzymes modulates pluripotency via histone acetylation’

17th May

1:30pm (Perth)

3:00pm (Adelaide/Darwin)

3:30pm (Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Hobart/Canberra)

A zoom link will be emailed to registered attendees the day before the event.

You can register on the eventbrite by clicking here

Ground Breaking Epigenetic Discoveries Seminar (December 15th, 2021)

Twice a year EpiCSA will showcase a researcher from around the globe who is conducting paradigm shifting research, changing the field of chromatin biology and epigenetics.

Our next seminar will be
Presenter : Professor David Gokhman from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
Title. : Human evolution through the lens of gene regulation.
When. : Wednesday, 15th December. 5pm (AEST) via zoom.

Ground Breaking Epigenetic Discoveries Seminar (August 13th, 2021)

An initiative from the Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (EpiCSA), brings you its first bi-Annual “ Ground breaking epigenetic discoveries” seminar. Twice a year a researcher from around the world will present their latest discoveries that will have a dramatic impact in the field of Epigenetics and Chromatin Biology.
The seminar is 45 minutes long followed by questions and discussion.
Presenter : Professor Lacramioara Bintu. Stanford University, California.
Title. : Developing compact tools for transcriptional and chromatin perturbations.
When. : Friday, 13th August. 10:30am (AEST) via zoom.
Research Interests include:
Understanding chromatin and gene regulation dynamics using:
o single-cell imaging: time-lapse fluorescence microscopy and multiplex DNA FISH for chromatin tracing
o high-throughput measurements based on next generation sequencing
o mathematical models of gene regulation
Developing new tools for mammalian synthetic biology with a focus on gene and chromatin control. Examples include fusions between DNA binding domains and transcriptional effectors or nanobodies

Register at

EpiCSA Annual Scientific Meeting (November 24th – 26th, 2020)

Due the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the EpiCSA Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 will be a virtual event held from November 24th to 26th (Approx. 2 hours per day). See below for the program.

Tuesday 24th of November (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)* South Australia time

Chair: Tina Bianco-Miotto

10-10:30 a.m.

Dr Heather Lee (University of Newcastle) Single-cell epigenomics in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

10:30-11 a.m.

Dr Archa Fox (University of Western Australia) Characterising and manipulating Long noncoding RNA-seeded paraspeckles.

11-11:30 a.m.

Prof Anthony Hanaan (Florey Institute) Gene-environment interactions modulating ‘epigenopathy’ in cognitive and affective disorders.

11:30-12 p.m.

Clara Pribadi (University of Adelaide, SAHMRI) Targeting histone demethylases as a novel therapeutic strategy for treating craniosynostosis in children with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome.


Wednesday 25th of November (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)* South Australia time

Chair: Maxime Francois

10-10:20 a.m.

Thu (Amy) Doan (The University of Adelaide) Altered expression of imprinted genes in kidney tissues of growth restricted rats.

10:20-10:40 a.m.

Nicholas Smith (The University of Adelaide) Deregulation of DNA hydroxymethylases Tet1 and Tet2 compromises skeletal integrity during ageing and osteoporosis.

10:40-11:00 a.m.

Katherine Giles (Children’s Medical Research Institute) BRG1 regulates DNA replication through canonical and non-canonical functions.

11-11:15 a.m.

Matt Tinning (AGRF Sponsor Talk) – TBA

11:15-12 p.m.

AGM & Awards


Thursday 26th of November (9-11 a.m.)* South Australia time

Chair: Feargal Ryan

9-9:30 a.m.

Dr Gerard Clarke (University College Cork) Microbial Regulation of Gene Expression in the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis: Listening in on the Small Talk of Host-Microbe Dialogue.

9:30-10 a.m.

A/Prof Carlos Rodriguez Lopez (University of Kentucky) Get your dirty soil sorted: Do epigenetic mechanisms help plants assemble healthy soil microbial communities?

10-10:30 a.m.

Namitha Mohandas (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) DNA methylation and health outcomes in preterm-born infants.

10:30-11 a.m.

Dr Ozren Bogdanovic (Garvan Institute of Medical Research) Developmental remodelling of non-CG methylation at satellite DNA repeats.



Seminar Series (December 17th, 2019)

Save the date! – The next EpiCSA/RNA special interest seminar series is next week in SAHMRI.

EpiCSA Quiz (December 13th, 2019)

Save the date! –  EpiCSA is hosting a quiz night at 6pm on December 13th at the British Hotel in North Adelaide.

The quiz will target a broad audience and include General knowledge / Food & drinks / Entertainment /Science. We’ll be making teams on the night so come along and join one of the teams or bring along your own team.

Please register at


Seminar Series (October 18th, 2019)

Save the date! – The next EpiCSA/RNA special interest seminar series is just around the corner. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


EpiCSA 4th Annual Research Meeting

See flyer for details: EpiCSA Scientific Conference 2019 flyer2

EpiCSA Scientific Conference 2019 flyer2

Science communication event – Animate your science (September 25, 2019)

Hope to see as many of you as possible, all colleagues welcome!

Animate you science flyer

Happy hour with EpiCSA (July 19th, 2019)

Don’t miss out on EpiCSA student event of 2019!  This is a great opportunity to get to know other students in your field and share your research experiences. The last date to register for this event is fast approaching. Please RSVP here by the 15th of July for catering purposes.


Seminar Series (July 26th, 2018)

Save the date! – The next EpiCSA/RNA special interest seminar series is just around the corner. Please note slight change of venue, still at AHMS but, moved to Level 6 seminar room  on this occasion (not Level 3 as per usual).

Hope to see as many of you as possible, all colleagues welcome!

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Happy hour with EpiCSA (July 19th, 2018)

Don’t miss out on EpiCSA first student event of 2018! The last date to register for this event is fast approaching. Please RSVP here by Monday (9th July) for catering purposes. See below flyer for details of the event.

Happy Hour with EpiCSA Flyer

Seminar Series (June 28th, 2018)

Come along to the latest edition of the EpiCSA/RNA special interest seminar series showcasing exciting research in field of Epigenetics and RNA biology. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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EpiCSA student event (July 19th, 2018)

EpiCSA student event

Come join us at The Elephant British Pub for drinks and food at our student-only Happy Hour event on July 19th. This is a great opportunity to get to know other students in your field and share your research experiences. Your ticket will provide you with a free beer or cider on us! Free food will be available and drinks will be subsidised until the tab runs out! The EpiCSA student representatives Ayla Orang and Saira Ali will be there to welcome you.

Make sure you remember to RSVP for the event here!

Seminar Series (May 31st, 2018)

We are kicking of our seminar series for the EpicSA/Adelaide RNA Special Interest Group on Thursday 31st May!

New Venue for 2018: New Adelaide Heath and Medical School (AHMS) Building in the west-end biomedical precinct (Level 3, seminar room 3066). Drinks and nibbles provided. See below flyer for details. Please display in your local area and encourage all of your colleagues to come along – all welcome!

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September’s EpiCSA/Adelaide RNA Special Interest Group Seminar

Come see this months amazing speakers! September 29th 4pm at the University of Adelaide Health and Medical Science (AHMS) building on North Terrace (City West precinct).


The “Winter is ending” Seminar

Keep warm with this months hot seminar! See you all there on Friday August 25th!


Seminar Series (July 28th 2017)

After last month’s Epigenetics event, we’re going completely RNA for the month. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Seminar Series (June 30th 2017)

This week we have a special guest! Make sure you don’t miss out on Maurizio’s talk!


Seminar Series (May 2017)


New Monthly Seminar Series

Introducing the new seminar series, jointly presented by EpiCSA & the Adelaide RNA Special Interest Group! Our seminars will be held on the last Friday on each month, and will have one Epigenetics and one RNA biology talk.

Below is the flyer for our first seminar on Friday March 31st:


We hope to see you there!

A New Year with EpiCSA

Happy new year to all of our EpiCSA members! While most of you are bunkering down and writing research grants, we have been hard at work organising some new events and workshops for 2017. To kick off a brand new year for EpiCSA, we are starting a regular seminar series with the Adelaide RNA Interest Group!

While details are yet to be finalised, we can tell you that they will be on the last Friday of each month starting in March, and will feature two speakers from both subject areas (epigenetics and RNA biology). Some drinks and food will be provided at each seminar with the help of our wonderful sponsors.

Additionally, we have set the date for our 2nd annual research meeting, which will be an all-day event held on Friday October 6th. 

Stay tuned for the seminar series details in the coming weeks and we look forward to a productive year for the South Australian epigenetics community

EpiCSA Christmas Drinks

Thanks to everyone that has made this year’s EpiCSA workshops and research meetings a success! There is certainly some amazing research being carried out in South Australia. To celebrate, we will be having Christmas drinks:

Where: The Wheatsheaf Hotel (George Street, Thebarton)

Date: December 19th

Time: 6pm-onwards

Come down to celebrate a great year of Epigenetics in SA!

Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (EpicSA) final workshop

“Studying Epigenetics using Functional High Throughput Screening”

We are pleased to announce EpiCSA’s final workshop of the year, which will be held at Flinders University’s Centre for Innovation in Cancer. The workshop will be held in the ground floor function room from 12:10pm-3:00pm on Wednesday 9th November, 2016


12.10 pm Welcome: Dr Michael Michael (Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer)

12.15 pm “Enabling discovery through functional high throughput technologies” A/Prof Kaylene Simpson (Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics)

1.00 pm “Introduction to AlphaLISA assays” Dr Michael Crouch (TGR BioSciences)

1.20 pm “Assays for epigenetics research” Dr Margareta Sutija (Perkin Elmer) 1.40 pm “Role of ncRNAs in the butyrate response of colorectal cancer

cells” Ms Saira Ali (Flinders University)

2.00 pm “High throughput screening services for South Australia” Dr Amanda Aloia (Cell Screen SA)

2.30 pm Tour of Cell Screen SA; Afternoon Tea Wednesday 9th November

For further information regarding this seminar contact:


Thanks to everyone for making our annual research meeting a massive success!

Updated program for the EpiCSA Annual Research Meeting

It’s getting very close to the start of our EpiCSA annual research meeting. Registrations are still open and everyone is welcome. Register on our Abstract Submissions page. In the meantime, here is the basic details of the event


For full scientific program, please email 

Abstract Submission extended to September 16th, 2016. Submit and/or register now!

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The Annual EpiCSA Research Meeting

We are pleased to announce the date and preliminary details for the Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia’s first annual research meeting!

Our guest plenary speaker for the event will be ARC Future Fellow & University of Western Australia Professor Ryan Lister.


Ryan is a research leader at the ARC CoE Plant Energy Biology & Laboratory Head of Epigenetics and Genomics at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and is a world-leader in the study of Epigenetic dynamics during cellular reprogramming, differentiation, and development, as well as the study of Epigenetic reprogramming.

We will send out a call for abstract submission in the next week. Stay tuned to for additional details.

We hope to see you all in October!

EpiCSA’s Second 2016 Workshop: Bioinformatics & DNA Methylation Analysis

Registrations are now open for EpiCSA’s 2nd workshop of 2016: Bioinformatics & DNA Methylation Analysis. This event is generously sponsored by the University of Adelaide’s Bioinformatics Hub.

The event is limited to only 50 people due to the the hands-on computer tutorial space, so do not miss out! You can now register at our eventbrite link

If you haven’t done so already,  please complete our future Epigenetics Workshop survey:


There will be a hands-on computer session so please do not forget to bring your personal laptop to the event

Looking forward to seeing all our members on June 22nd!

EpiCSA’s Second 2016 Workshop – June 22nd, 2016

Thanks to everyone for coming to our last workshop!

If you have some suggestions about the number or type of Epigenetics Workshop that you’d like to see, please complete the following survey:

In the meantime, we’re pleased to announce another workshop, which will be held at the University of Adelaide on Wednesday June 22nd. We will be talking about DNA methylation analysis using Bioinformatics, and will include some computational training exercises. Details, including a registration link, to come in the coming weeks!

EpiCSA’s First 2016 Workshop – March 30th, 2016

We’re pleased to announce our first EpiCSA workshop of the year “Introduction to Epigenetics” which will be held at SAHMRI on Wednesday 30th March. Registration is free, and can be done through Eventbrite ( Looking forward to seeing you all for the first of many workshops and events throughout 2016!

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A Very EpicSA Christmas! – 16th December 2015

To wind down our first year as the Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia, we will be having informal Christmas drinks this Wednesday evening (December 16th) at the Wheatshef Hotel, George Street, Thebarton ( Please come and join us to celebrate the holidays and another exciting year of Epigenetics research in South Australia.


Inaugural Seminar – 18th November 2015

If you would like to attend the event, please register through eventbrite 

18 November EPigenetics Flyer
18 November EpiCSA inaugural seminar

Other Upcoming events:

2016 EpiCSA Workshop and Masterclass Series

  • March 2016 Workshop: “What is Epigenetics and how to study it” (organiser: Dr Bastien Llamas)
  • June 2016 Workshop: “DNA Methylation Analysis using Bioinformatics” (organiser: Dr Jimmy Breen)
  • September 2016: TBA   

2016 EpiCSA Scientific Meeting – 13th October 2016, SAHRMI Auditorium