Current students & staff

Aaron Kwok | PhD | McCarthy group
Adriana Zanca | Postdoc | Stumpf group
Agnese Barbensi | Postdoc | Stumpf group
Alex Wang | MSc | Romero group
Allan Motyer | Postdoc | Leslie group
Ashley Farlow | Postdoc | Leslie group
Carlos Peña Solorzano | Postdoc | McCarthy group
Christian Madsen | PhD | Stumpf group
Cynthia Liu | Postdoc | McCarthy group
Daniel Rawlinson | PhD | Lê Cao group
David Squire | Postdoc | Leslie group
Guannan Yang | PhD | Lê Cao group
Hsiao-chi Liao | PhD | McCarthy group
Isabela Alvim | Postdoc | Romero group
Isobel Beasley | MSc | Romero group
Jackson Kwok | Postdoc | McCarthy group
Jiadong Mao | Postdoc | Lê Cao group
Jing Sun | MSc | Shim group
Joshua Forrest | PhD | Stumpf group
Ke He | MSc | Shim group
Kei Fukuda | Visiting postdoc | Romero group
Keith Howen | BSc | Shim group
Léo Diaz | Postdoc | Stumpf group
Lucy Ham | Postdoc | Stumpf group
Maddy Comerford | PhD | Romero group
Michael Elliott | Engineer | McCarthy group
Mingqi He | PhD | Leslie group
Muhammad Fachrul | Postdoc | Romero group
Navya Shukla | PhD | Romero group
Neke Ibeh | PhD | Romero group
Puxue Qiao | Postdoc | McCarthy group
Remy Young | PhD | Marcelino group
Ruqian Lyu | PhD | McCarthy group
Sagrika Chugh | PhD | McCarthy group
Sandeep Kumar | PhD | Shim group
Saritha Kodikhara | Postdoc | Lê Cao group
Sean Vittadello | Postdoc | Stumpf group
Stephen Zhang | PhD | Stumpf group
Steve Nguyen | Shim | Msc group
Vini Salazar | PhD | Lê Cao group
Wanting He | PhD | Chan group
Xiaochen Zhang | MSc | Lê Cao group
Xinyue Zhao | MSc | Shim group
Yidi Deng | PhD | Lê Cao group
Yifan Wang | PhD | Shim group
Yulin Wu | MSc | Shim group
Yupei You | PhD | Shim group
Zhendong Huang | Postdoc | Chan group

Alumni & Former Staff

  • PhD students

    Katalina Bobowik


    Project title: Transcriptomic characterisation of immune and disease-related traits within Island Southeast Asia
    Github link
    Supervisor: Irene Gallego Romero

    Qian Feng


    Project title: Phylogenetic modelling of malaria var genes
    Github link
    Supervisor: Yao-ban Chan/Heejung Shim

    Anubhav Kaphle


    Project title: Statistical methods for trans-ethnic genetic studies
    Google Scholar link
    Supervisor: David Balding

    Ali Mahmoudi


    Project title: Inference under the coalescent with recombination
    Github link
    Supervisor: David Balding

    Elisabeth Roesch


    Project title: Hybrid modeling in Systems Biology
    Github link
    Supervisor: Michael Stumpf

    Georgia Tsambos


    Project title: Statistical techniques for studying admixture and local ancestry
    Github link
    Supervisors: Damjan Vukcevic & Stephen Leslie

    Davide Vespasiani


    Project title: Functional analysis of archaic variants in modern Indonesians
    Google scholar link
    Supervisor: Irene Gallego Romero

    Yiwen (Eva) Wang


    Project title: Managing batch effects in microbiome data
    Github link
    Supervisor: Kim-Anh Lê Cao

  • Postdocs

    Al J Abadi

    AlBio: Al has an extensive academic and industrial background in computational science and modeling with versatile applications in Engineering, Pharmaceutics, and Computational Biology. His research at MIG is primarily focussed on novel approaches in multivariate integrative data analysis methods with applications in high-throughput single-cell sequencing technologies. 
    GitHub link
    Supervisor: Kim-Anh Lê Cao

    Christina Azodi


    Bio: Working at the interface of data science and bioinformatics to study the effects of DNA variation on gene expression at the single-cell level.

    GitHub link
    Supervisor: Davis McCarthy

    Ashley Farlow


    Google scholar link
    Supervisor: Stephen Leslie

    Anissa Guillemin

    Project title: Stochastic gene expression implications in cell fate decision-making.

    AnissaBio: I did my PhD in Biology in the Laboratory of Biology and Cell Olivier Gandrillon. We developed research projects with multidisciplinary approaches with particularly interest in understanding cell decision-making. Since February 2019, I have been working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Theoretical Systems Biology group at MIG with Michael Stumpf (Group Leader).
    Google scholar link
    Supervisor: Michael Stumpf

  • Former Staff

    Andrew Siebel - Research Manager

    Andrew completed his undergraduate BSc(Hons) degree in Zoology and Physiology at The University of Melbourne (1996-1999). His PhD was in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology enrolled through the Department of Zoology, the University of Melbourne and Howard Florey Institute. Andrew then received a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship (2005-2009) to work on developmental programming of adult disease in the Department of Physiology. He moved to the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Research Institute in 2009 to work firstly in the Human Epigenetics laboratory, then the Metabolic and Vascular Physiology laboratory (2010-2015). His research interests include cardiovascular physiology, glucose metabolism, lipid biology and interventional clinical trials.

    Bobbie Shaban  (in memorian) - Genomics Data Specialist

    Originally from Perth, Bobbie obtained a double degree in Molecular Biology and Computer Science at Murdoch University. He has worked in a number of Bioinformatics roles including as a bioinformatics officer at the Centre for Comparative Genomics at Murdoch University, the Health Protection Agency UK (Now Public Health England) where he worked on The FF100 Swine flu database and also the Enteric Molecular Typing Network for the 5 nations and at the Australian Genome Research Facility here in Melbourne. In previous roles he was the administrator of the Cluster scheduling software (Sun Grid Engine) and was a Bioinformatician specialising in Genomic Assembly, RNA virus discovery, High performance computing and software pipeline optimisation.  He also has experience in Web development, Database admin and creation, a number of computing languages including PERL, PHP and the MVC Frameworks Laravel and Ruby on Rails.

  • Former Faculty

    Damjan Vukcevic

    Damjan photoDr Damjan Vukcevic is a statistician and data scientist, specialising in statistical genetics. He completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree at the University of Melbourne in 2004, including an Honours project in bioinformatics with Professor Terry Speed. He was then awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where he completed a DPhil in statistical genetics with Professor Peter Donnelly. Dr Vukcevic has contributed to a number of important genetic studies, including the landmark multi-disease genome-wide association study by the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, published in Nature in 2007. This received a number of awards, including Research Leader of the Year from Scientific American. Dr Vukcevic has experience working in both an academic and non-academic environment, with a strong grounding in statistical theory, computation and practical data analysis.

    Dr Vukcevic is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University.

  • Past visitors
    • Garrett Hellenthal (University College London, UK)- April-June 2019
    • Murray Cox (Massey University, New Zealand)- February-March 2019
    • Hanaisa Sant'Anna de Pla (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil) - August 2018-August 2019
    • Sebastien Dejean (Toulouse University, France)- July-August 2018
    • Jukka Corander (University of Oslo and University of Helsinki, Finland) - December 2017-January 2018; November 2019
    • Tatiana Hessab (Perito Criminal do IPPGF, Rio de Janeiro Area, Brazil) - July 2017-January 2018
    • Laetitia Cardonnna (IRSTEA, France) - November-December 2017 & April 2019
    • Olivier Chapleur (IRSTEA, France)- September-December 2017 & April 2019
    • Solange Pruilh (INSA Toulouse, France) - July-September 2017
    • Doug Speed (Aarhus University, Denmark) - April-May 2017
    • Paul O'Reilly (King's College London, UK) - April 2017
    • John Whittaker (GSK, UK) - April 2017

Recent Visitors

  • Marko Terzin, PhD candidate, James Cook University, May – July 2023.
  • Yi-Wen Hsiao, PhD candidate, July 2022 – July 2023.
  • Prof Ivy Chung, University of Malaya, April 2023.
  • Quentin Le-Graverand, PhD candidate, INRAE Toulouse, Dec 2022.
  • Pedro Salguero García, PhD candidate, Polytechnical University of Valencia, Dec 2022.
  • Attila Csala, PhD candidate, University of Amsterdam, Nov 2019 – March 2020.
  • Prof Malu Calle Rosingana, University of Catalunya, January 2019.
  • Stijn Hawinkel, PhD candidate, Ghent University, March – May 2019.