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Yaoqi Zhou, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Institute for Glycomics

My research is centered on proteins: protein structure prediction and modeling; protein folding and design; and protein function prediction and design. This includes discrimination of neural from disease-causing genetic variations. Our group has developed many useful bioinformatics tools for protein structure prediction (SPARKS); secondary structure prediction (SPINE X); intrinsic disorder/semi-disorder prediction (SPINE-D); template-based function prediction (SPOT-DNA/RNA); structural alignment (SPalign); knowledge-based energy function (DFIRE) and etc. All these tools are freely available to academic users at

Brief Biography: Dr. Zhou was graduated with a BS in Chemical Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 1984 and a PhD in Chemical Physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990. He switched his research field to computational biology when he was a postdoctoral research fellow  at Harvard University with Professor Martin Karplus. He became an Assistant Professor in 2000 and Associate Professor in 2004 at Department of Physiology and Biophysics at State University of New York at Buffalo and a full Professor in 2006 when joining Indiana University Schools of Informatics and Medicine at Indianapolis. Starting this year, he joined Institute of Glycomics and School of Information and Communication Technology of Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, as a Professor of Computational Biology.


Vincent, Benita - Australian Bioinformatics Network/CSIRO

My research background is in aquatic animal health, predominately focused on amoebic gill disease of Atlantic salmon. I completed my PhD at the University of Tasmania and was also involved in teaching a number of practical units of the Bachelor of Aquaculture degree. 

After a stint in the public service in Canberra (2007-08), I returned to science to continue research on amoebic gill disease at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart. From 2011 I worked at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) as Assistant Director in the Marine Pests and Biological Import Operations branch.

I am excited about the future of the Australian Bioinformatics Network and look forward to helping scientists gain benefit through sharing and connecting with each other in this challenging and diverse environment.


Ebrahimie, Esmaeil (The University of Adelaide)

I work on the innovative application of a range of novel bioinformatics, functional genomics, and machine learning approaches in virus, bacteria, plant, mammals, and human genomes. Finding the effective factors in cancer (breast and lung) induction and modeling, protein thermostability, halostability, prediction of function of heavy metal transporters, and application of data mining in determining of influenza virus A subtype and host range are examples of my studies.

My work history includes Adjunct Lecturer in The School of Molecular and Biomedical Science of The University of Adelaide, Assistant Professor at Shiraz University (Institute of Biotechnology and Department of Plant Breeding), Researcher (HEO 5/2) on avian influenza in The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences of The University of Adelaide and Vavilov-Frankel Research Fellowship at Plant Research Centre (Waite Campus) of The University of Adelaide.

During my collaboration with Research Centre for Infectious Diseases of The University of Adelaide, we analysed systems biology and functional genomics of Streptococcus pneumoniae which causes various diseases such as pneumonia, bacteraemia and meningitis. In particular, we investigated  bacterial transcription factors and regulatory networks which govern the movement of bacteria inside host tissues (nose, lung, blood, and brain). We discovered two novel transcription factors controlling this process and a novel bacterial virulence regulatory network. In addition, we developed the first specialised web application for comparative bacterial Gene Ontology and Gene Ontology-based gene selection in bacteria.

My skill in genomics context includes transcriptomics and proteomics analyses (microarray, EST, microRNAs, domain integration, Prosite etc), designing Gene/protein interaction network, in particular regulatory networks, and next generation data sequencing analyses (RNA-seq, de-novo assembly, SNP discovery, etc).

I think bioinformatics as a fantastic approach which allows imagination to be a hub in science. This novel science is the playground of ideas, and offers new avenues for discovery in science.


Andrew Warden - CSIRO

I am research scientist with a strong interest in making closer connections between sequence and structure in bioinformatics (I work primarily on the structure side). My main focus is on molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems, DFT calculations on enzyme substrates, and utilising our rapidly expanding capabilities in these areas to explore the physical and temporal aspects of these systems, in combination with the volumes of sequence information/analysis expertise available, to reveal details of the selective pressures lying behind enzyme evolution. This, in turn, can help to guide efforts in enzyme engineering and beyond that, the design of larger systems containing multiple functional units to carry out tasks ranging from industrial chemical synthesis to targeted drug delivery.


Burt, Tamara - Flinders University

Im a 3rd year undergrad preparing for honours in epidemiology of microbial diseases in 2013.