Exploring the pathways and opportunities a career in Bioinformatics can lead you

Panel & Networking Session

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Time: 5.30pm (local time)
Venue: Austral Hotel, 205 Rundle St, Adelaide
Register: via the Workshop & Extras Registration form

COMBINE Careers Session

This COMBINE Careers Session is a panel and networking event is an exclusive event for AMSI BioInfoSummer 2016 delegates, designed to showcase and highlight career opportunities in bioinformatics and provide a forum for discussion around the different career pathways.

AMSI and the University of Adelaide are pleased to have the following speakers join the panel for this event:

  • Dr Philippa Griffin
  • Associate Professor David Lynn
  • Dr Katherine Pillman
  • Dr Niharika Sharma
  • Dr Rick Tearle

* panel speakers will be updated as they are confirmed

All delegates are welcome to attend this free event – to hear from our panel of speakers about their experiences and provide some advice to their peers. Join us afterwards for an evening of networking and socialising at your own leisure.

Dr Philippa Griffin

COMBINE Careers Session

EMBL-ABR Open Data Coordinator and Bioinformatician/Research Fellow, Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI)

Dr. Griffin is an evolutionary biologist and bioinformatician. She completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and postdoctoral positions at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and the University of Melbourne before joining VLSCI / EMBL Australian Bioinformatics Resource (EMBL-ABR) part-time in 2016.

Pip’s research has spanned ecological and evolutionary questions around climate change adaptation, desiccation tolerance, population and conservation genomics in grasses, wild Arabidopsis, Drosophila and endangered Australian mammals. Pip believes we have a responsibility to make publicly-funded data publicly available and reusable.

In her current role as EMBL-ABR Open Data Coordinator she is an advocate for the possibilities that arise from Open Science practices and keen to enable Australian researchers to interact with international efforts in this area.

Associate Professor David Lynn

COMBINE Careers Session

EMBL Australia Group Leader, Infection and Immunity, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) & School of Medicine, Flinders University

A/Prof Lynn heads a multi-disciplinary group that is equally divided between bioinformatics and experimental systems biology. On the wet-lab side, his group employs in vitro and in vivo models coupled with a systems biology approach to investigate the interplay between the microbiome, vaccines and the immune system. On the bioinformatics side, his group leads InnateDB.com, an internationally recognised systems biology platform for innate immunity networks.

A/Prof Lynn also leads the computational biology aspects of the €12 million European Commission funded project, PRIMES, which is investigating how to model and subsequently therapeutically target protein interaction networks in cancer.

A/Prof Lynn’s Group is currently supported by EMBL Australia, the European Commission, the NHMRC, and the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation. He has attracted more than $5 million in funding in the last 5 years and has published 50+ papers.

Dr. Katherine A. Pillman

COMBINE Careers Session

Research Associate, Centre for Cancer Biology, The University of South Australia & ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility, The University of Adelaide

Dr Pillman is a bioinformatician with a broad interest in many areas of gene regulation. She began her career as a wet-bench biologist, working on exploring regulation of gene transcription in barley plants (Australia) and stress-responsive gene regulatory networks in potato plants (Oregon State University). Her experience with RNA-seq in the latter project fuelled her interest in bioinformatics.

In 2012, she returned to Australia to take up the role of lead bioinformatician with Professor Greg Goodall, working on gene regulatory mechanisms and networks in cancer with a focus on the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Their recent seminal paper identified the first protein known to control the formation of circular RNAs and characterising circular RNAs during EMT. This protein, Quaking, is emerging as a key new player in alternative splicing networks in cancer and they have dissected its role in regulating both linear and circular RNA splicing.

Katherine’s current work involves using a range of genomics next-generation sequencing data types to dissect gene regulation, including analysis of alternative splicing, circular RNAs, microRNA biology and targeting, epigenetic modifications, gene regulatory networks and expression.

Dr Niharika Sharma

COMBINE Careers Session

Bioinformatics Officer, The Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics

Niharika obtained her Master’s degree in Bioinformatics and M.Phil in Plant Molecular Biology at University of Delhi, India. Then, she moved to Australia and completed her PhD at University of Melbourne in 2014 where she investigated developmental dynamics of male and female gametophyte transcriptome in Marchantia polymorha using RNA-Seq approach.

With background of computational biology and plant molecular biology, she joined ACPFG and her current research is focused on transcriptomics of cereal crops for abiotic stress tolerance. She recently completed her Endeavour Research Fellowship program at ETH Zurich where she investigated transcriptome responses of dual abiotic stress in rice.

Dr Rick Tearle

COMBINE Careers Session

Senior Bioinformatician, JS Davies Centre, The University of Adelaide

Rick completed his PhD in Drosophila genetics at the ANU and then postdocced at Max Planck Institute Tubingen, CSIRO Entomology and Adelaide University Biochemistry. He moved to the private sector, working in Adelaide for Bresatec, Bresagen and GeneWorks, before moving to Europe where he continued to work for Biotech companies, which included running a serum production company in France, working for Illumina and finally Complete Genomics.

His roles in these have been many and varied, from CEO to Business Development Manager, Distributor Manager, FAS Manager and Field Bioinformatician. Dr Tearle returned to Australia at the end of 2016 after 15 years in the UK, France and US. 

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