This interactive panel Q&A is designed to showcase and highlight career opportunities in bioinformatics and provide a forum for discussion around the many different careers pathways. Hear from our panel speakers on their own experiences and what advice they offer.
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Research Director – Crops, CSIRO
Dr Klara Verbyla is the Research Director of the Crops Program in CSIRO Agriculture and Food. This program has more than 160 staff and affiliates with a goal to increase the productivity and value of major Australian food and beverage crops to meet industry requirements through the application of modern pre-breeding and breeding technologies.
Klara’s research background is in statistical and quantitative genetics and the application of new technologies for the genetic improvement of agricultural species; both plant and animals. She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Biology/Statistical Genetics at The University of Melbourne in 2010. During her studies also she received a European Union Marie Curie Early Career Fellowship and spent a year at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands. Klara joined CSIRO in 2011 to develop new statistical and computational approaches for the genetic dissection of quantitative traits using structured mapping populations. In 2015, Klara also begun working with CSIRO’s aquaculture applied breeding team and industry partners to implement genomics selection for the Tasmanian Atlantic salmon industry. Full commercial implementation was achieved in 2018. Klara was part of the Salmon Applied Breeding team that won the CSIRO Chairman’s medal for Science Excellence in 2019.
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Göknur Giner is a senior postdoctoral researcher at WEHI with six years’ experience in developing statistical methods implemented in R packages limma and edgeR. Göknur specialises in the development of gene set testing methods and cancer subtype classifiers for RNA-seq and single-cell RNA-seq datasets. She has also been working to better understand the origins of the most invasive forms of breast cancer and cancer metastasis as mediated by circulating tumour cells. As a strong believer in the power of gender diversity in the workplace, Göknur co-founded R-Ladies Melbourne along with her former colleague Sepideh Foroutan in 2016. R is one of the most popular statistics software used in genomics data analysis, but women have been heavily under-represented amongst R developers. The main mission of R-Ladies Melbourne is to promote gender diversity in the R community and to close the gender gap amongst R developers. Göknur enjoys spending time with her 3 year old daughter but can also be found zooming in yoga and meditation classes quite often.
Researcher, Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, The Czech Republic
In 2013, Tomas Hron received his master degree from the Charles University in Prague where he worked in the Lab. of Virology dealing with Polyomaviruses. Then he spent a short time in the Max F. Perutz Laboratories of Vienna as an intern studying molecular aspects of neuron cell motility. During his PhD, in the Institute of Molecular Genetics in Prague (2014-2018), he studied molecular evolution of vertebrate retroviruses and their hosts, and obtained wide experience in various bioinformatic approaches. Currently he works as a bioinformatician in a company, HPST, s.r.o, where he helps clinical geneticists and researchers with their projects and organizes regular workshops of NGS data analysis. Beside this he continues his research in the Institute of Molecular Genetics in the field of vertebrate genomics.
Researcher, Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) at the University of Canberra