Internationally-recognised bioinformatics expert, A/Prof Alicia Oshlack, will join the Peter Mac Research team following her recent appointment as co-Head of the Computational Biology Program.

A/Prof Oshlack will join forces with distinguished bioinformatician, Prof Tony Papenfuss, in leading the Computational Biology Program, significantly expanding Peter Mac’s capabilities in using bioinformatics and computational biology to tackle some of the biggest questions and challenges in cancer research.

A/Prof Oshlack comes to Peter Mac from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), where she has been the Head of Bioinformatics since 2011. She brings to the role more than 15 years’ experience in bioinformatics research, developing new tools and methods to interrogate the molecular basis of human disease, including cancer.

With a background in astrophysics, A/Prof Oshlack’s research group will bring a diverse skill set that includes statistics, computer science, genetics, software engineering, molecular biology and physics.

A/Prof has published more than 90 research papers in the field and developed over a dozen software packages. She currently holds Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council, and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Australian Academy of Science Gani Medal for Human Genetics (2011) and the Georgina Sweet Award for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Research (2016).

We are excited to welcome A/Prof Oshlack to the Peter Mac team.