Christmas 2022 outing along the Yarra river, featured left to right: Yidi, Quentin, Vini, Jiadong, Kim-Anh, Pedro, Yi-Wen, Xiaochen and Guan

Current members

Staff members

  • Jiadong Mao, postdoctoral fellow [single cell annotation for omics and spatial using projection methods]
  • Saritha Kodikara, postdoctoral fellow [time-course microbiome data]

Higher Degree Research students

  • Xiaochen Zhang, Msc Computational Biology [deep generative models applied to single cell RNA-seq]
  • Yidi Deng, PhD candidate, UoM, in co-supervision with Dr Jarny Choi (Centre for Stem Cell Systems) [variable selection in bulk and single cell RNA-seq data]
  • Vinícius Salazar, PhD candidate, UoM, in co-supervision A/Prof Heroen Verbruggen and Dr Vanessa Rossetto Marcelino (Hudson Medical research institute)[metagenomics analysis and integration with environmental variables]
  • Daniel Rawlinson, PhD candidate, in co-supervision with Prof Lachlan Coin, Doherty Institute [variable selection, bulk and single cell multi-omics data]
  • Guannan Yang, PhD candidate, UoM, in co-supervision with Prof Eva Dimitriadis and Dr Elle Menkhorst, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology [knock-off methods for bulk omics data]

Undergraduate students

  • Brendan Lu [tensor methods]
  • Sicily Xie [mixOmics developments]

Visitors (see our list of past visitors here)

  • Sebastian Hesse, PhD candidate, Munich University (6 months, 2023)

We welcome any students and staff who are interested in statistical analysis of omics data and wish to attend our fortnight group meetings!


Alumni staff

  • Max Bladen, now research assistant in genomics
  • Daniel Tien Phung, now PhD student
  • Al J Abadi, now Senior Data Scientist
  • Katherine Lange, Murdoch Research Institute
  • Aleksandar Dakic
  • Zitong Li, now Senior scientist at CSIRO
  • Malathi Imiyage Dona, postdoctoral fellow at Baker institute
  • Florian Rohart , now Senior Strategic Insights Lead
  • Nicholas Matigian – now biostatistician at QFAB Bioinformatics
  • Benoit Gautier – now teacher in mathematics in France.

Alumni students (PhD)

  1. Eva Yiwen Wang, ‘Statistical and Computational Methods for Microbiome Data Analysis‘, UoM, now assistant professor at Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen
  2. Aimee Hanson,  ‘Lymphocyte receptors: Genomic structure and role in immune- mediated arthritis’ with main supervisor Prof Matt Brown (QUT) and Diamantina Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, now research fellow at King’s college London.
  3. Farah Syeda Zahir, ‘Obesity paradox: Exploring the relationship between adiposity and mortality in persons with Cardiovascular Disease and/or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus’, co-supervised with Dr Ahmed Medi (Diamantina Institute),  School of public Health, University of Queensland, now biostatistician at QFAB
  4. Jasmin Straube ‘Development of statistical tools for integrating time course ‘omics’ data’  with co-supervisors Dr Emma Huang and Dr Anne Bernard, QFAB and University of Queensland, now research fellow at QIMR
  5. Ralph Patrick ‘Molecular interaction motifs in a system-wide network context: Computationally charting transient kinase-substrate phosphorylation events’ with main supervisor A/Prof Mikael Boden, University of Queensland, now research fellow at Victor Chang institute
  6. Amrit Singh ‘Blood biomarker panels of the late phase asthmatic response’ with main supervisor Prof Scott Tebbutt, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, now Assistant Professors at University of British Columbia
  7. Chao Liu ‘Computational analysis of DNA repair pathways in breast cancer’ with main supervisor Prof Mark Ragan, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland

Alumni students (Honours and Msc)

  • Isaac Virshup,  MPhil ‘Finding patterns of biologically meaningful transcript expression by examining heterogenous sets of cells’, UoM with main supervisor Prof Christine Wells
  • Qinwen Chen, Msc Statistics by coursework, UoM
  • Guannan Yang, Honours, co-supervision with Prof Eva Dimitriadis and Dr Ellen Menkhorst (Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology)
  • Sibi Xue, Msc Statistics by coursework, UoM
  • Yinghua Shen, Msc Statistics by coursework, UoM
  • Mengqi (Chi-Chi) Hu, Msc Bioinformatics by coursework, UoM
  • Alana Butler, Master of Science (Bioinformatics), UoM, now research assistant at Monash University.
  • Nicholas d’Arcy, Nicholas Mueller, University of Queensland
  • Solange Pruilh, Zoe Welham, Vanessa Lakis, Priscilla Montfalet, Thom Cuddihy, Mourad Larbi, Jeff Coquery, Pierre Monget who did a research placement in our lab.