Steering Committee

The Computational Biology Research Initiative (CBRI) Steering Committee helps to facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research by involving research staff from across University faculties, departments, and schools, and by facilitating connections and introductions with external researchers. It provides leadership and strategic advice regarding the development of CBRI research themes and projects. We have also appointed a PhD and postdoc rep to the committee to add diversity of experience and opinion.

Dr Andrew Siebel, Academic Convenor
Andrew Siebel is the Research Manager, Melbourne Integrative Genomics and Academic Convenor of CBRI.

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Professor Melanie Bahlo
Melanie Bahlo is co-Head of the Population Health and Immunity Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Research interests: statistical genetics; software development; bioinformatics and population genetics; neurological disorders; infectious diseases. More about Melanie

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Professor David Balding
David Balding is Professor of Statistical Genetics in the Schools of BioSciences and Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Melbourne, and Director of Melbourne Integrative Genomics.

Research interests: statistical, population, evolutionary, medical and forensic genetics. More about David

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Professor Edmund Crampin, Computational Biology Research Initiative Chair
Edmund Crampin is the Rowden White Chair of Systems Biology at the University of Melbourne, Director of the Systems Biology Lab, Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Melbourne School of Engineering, and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Research interests: systems biology, mathematical biology. More about Edmund

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Dr Melissa Davis
Melissa Davis is a National Breast Cancer Foundation Senior Research Fellow and Laboratory Head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Research interests: cancer systems biology; network modelling; multi-omic data integration. More about Melissa

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Associate Professor Andrew Lonie
Andrew Lonie is a faculty member of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, and Director of Melbourne Bioinformatics & the EMBL Australia Bioinoformatics Resource.

Research interests: biological modelling and bioinformatics; data mining; internet technologies and distributed systems; biosciences infrastructure. More about Andrew

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Professor James McCaw
James McCaw is Professor of Mathematical Biology in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

Research interests: Infectious disease modelling (influenza and malaria); public health control strategies. More about James

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Associate Professor Alicia Oshlack
Alicia Oshlack is a National Health Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow and Head of Bioinformatics at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

Research interests: statistical bioinformatics; clinical genomics; epigenetics; computational biology. More about Alicia

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Associate Professor Tony Papenfuss
Tony Papenfuss is Head of Computational Biology at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and a Lab Head in the Bioinformatics Division. He holds a cross-institute appointment as Group Leader of the Bioinformatics and Cancer Genomics Lab at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Research interests: cancer bioinformatics and computational biology; high-throughput sequence analysis. More about Tony

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Professor Karin Verspoor
Karin Verspoor is a Professor in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne, and Deputy Director of the University's Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC).

Research interests: biomedical data analysis; biomedical text mining; clinical decision support. More about Karin

Dr Rebecca Chisholm (Postdoc rep)
Rebecca Chisholm is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working in the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in infectious diseases modelling, and based in the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Her current work is based around understanding the transmission dynamics of Group A Streptococcus, a ubiquitous human pathogen responsible for a broad spectrum of diseases and a major cause of poor health in Australian Indigenous communities. Prior to this, Rebecca held postdoctoral appointments at the University of New South Wales Sydney, and at Inria Paris Rocquencourt, and has worked on a range of topics including the emergence of drug tolerance in cancer-cell populations, the evolution of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis, and the evolutionary maintenance of niche construction.

Lachlan McIntosh (PhD rep)
Lachlan McIntosh is currently in the second year of his PhD in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. His project is focussed on computational and statistical methods that elucidate aspects of the genetic evolution of cancer.