Me in real life
I teach biology, biochemistry and genetics to science and medicine students at The University of Adelaide.
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Graduation hat.svgThis user has a PhD in molecular genetics.
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This user is interested in
Molecular Biology
Plato-raphael.jpgThis user has published peer-reviewed articles in academic journals.
Adelaide Convention Centre.jpgThis user comes from Adelaide, South Australia.
Peer reviewed papers
  • Hunter, A. J.; Jin, B.; Kelly, J. M. (2011). "Independent duplications of α-amylase in different strains of Aspergillus oryzae". Fungal Genetics and Biology. 48 (4): 438–444. doi:10.1016/j.fgb.2011.01.006. PMID 21277379.
  • Hunter, A. J.; Morris, T. A.; Jin, B.; Saint, C. P.; Kelly, J. M. (2013). "Deletion of creB in Aspergillus oryzae Increases Secreted Hydrolytic Enzyme Activity". Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79 (18): 5480–5487. doi:10.1128/AEM.01406-13. PMC 3754153. PMID 23835170.
  • one to come...
Lame claim to fame

The founder of Aspergillus genetics was Guido Pontecorvo. Pontecorvo had a collaborator, who had a PhD student, who had another PhD supervisor, who had another PhD student, who had a PhD student, who had a PhD student, who is me.

Me in Wikipedia
Most of my day-to-day edits are in response to changes I see in my watchlist. I repair vandalism and spam, tweak new additions, and respond to talk page comments. When time permits I copyedit, participate at the help desk, and respond to edit requests—if you're a friendly and capable person, Wikipedia really needs your help on that last job.

My user page averages over 150 views per month. I've no idea why.
Black hole (NASA).jpgThis user has been helping the Internet not suck since 2006.
vn-26This user page has been vandalized 26 times.
Incomplete list.svgThis user is not a prose nazi and sees no problem with a list or a table being on an article.
,This user fixes comma splices. They are annoying.
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Other stuff
80,000 Hours has advice about how to do the most good in your career.
Givewell identifies the most cost-effective charities.
Clearer Thinking can help you become a more effective person.
This user knows that 0.999... is exactly 1.
FSM Logo white.svgThis user has been touched by His Noodly Appendage.
Hanlon's RazorThis user never attributes to malice that which is best explained by stupidity.


  This user is the proud winner of a Silliest wikilink of the month award.
This editor is a
Veteran Editor III
and is entitled to display this
Silver Editor Star
  The Bio-star
For repeated demonstration of academic level insight, and encylopedic rigor on bioscience pages. NickCT (talk) 15:02, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
  The Modest Barnstar
This Modest barnstar is awarded to Adrian J. Hunter for copy editing articles totalling 4,199 words during the Guild of Copy Editors July 2010 backlog drive. Your contributions are appreciated!--Diannaa (Talk) 14:46, 1 August 2010 (UTC)
  Editor of the Week
Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week for your courteous help at the Help Desk. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)
  The Technical Barnstar
Thanks for helping me figure out that diff thing. A significant improvement. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:24, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Adrian J. Hunter for copy edits totaling over 8,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE January 2018 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Tdslk (talk) 04:41, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
  The Teamwork Barnstar
I love the way you both met the immediate need and also explained how to do it. Now a lot more people know that this is possible and can try it out themselves. Thanks. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:47, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Highs and lows of my WikiCareerEdit

The WikiSpanner: ideal for making fine adjustments to articles and coarse adjustments to vandals.
  • Met Jimbo [1]
  • Wrote a FAQ [2]
  • Defended Tyrion [3]
  • Exposed citogenesis [4] (What?)
  • Cracked a tough one [5]
  • Received mystery thanks [6]
  • Encountered my antithesis [7]
  • Spoiled a romantic gesture [8]
  • Responded to a creationist [9]
  • Got thanked after 53 weeks [10]
  • Got answered after 9.3 years [11]
  • Merged three articles into one [12]
  • Shrank a page by 189823 bytes [13]
  • Inspired a quasi-religious response [14]
  • Said yes to a question asked in jest [15]
  • Added a link to a page about overlinking [16]
  • Caught a copyvio that had stood for 27 months [17]
  • Cleaned up after some Japanese pharmacy students [18]
  • Replaced the entire contents of one page with those of another [19] (Follow-up)
  • Explained the Ninety-ninety rule [20][21][22]
  • Insisted bull sharks' diet does not include humans [23][24][25]
  • Changed mould back to mold [26][27][28][29][30]


Long-standing errors I've found and fixed (also, a reminder we still have a way to go)Edit

And the winner is...

For more about these errors and others, see User:Adrian J. Hunter/Errors.

How to be eliteEdit

  • How to ask for help [31]
  • How to talk to a bot [32]
  • How to vandalise a userpage [33]
  • How to write an edit summary [34]
  • How to defend a company's honour [35]
  • How to subtly sneak in some corporate promotion [36]

Interesting thingsEdit