Alistair Forrest


  • The University of Western Australia (M519), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Professor Forrest BSc(Hons), MIT, PhD was born in Western Australia. On completing his Honours, he worked as a research assistant at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (now known as the QIMR Berghofer). He also completed a Masters in Information Technology and a PhD in Bioinformatics at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. He has been involved in both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ science, generating and analysing some of the first microarrays used in Australia and invented a strand specific RNA-sequence protocol that heralded the start of the RNA-sequence revolution.

 In 2007 he moved to RIKEN Yokohama Japan on a CJ Martin Fellowship. He is currently scientific coordinator of the FANTOM5 (Functional Annotation of the mammalian genome) project consisting of a consortium of over 250 scientists in 20 countries. This has used single-molecule sequencing to generate a map of promoters and enhancers across a large collection of human and mouse primary cells, cancer cell lines and tissues. This work has recently published in the prestigious journal Nature along with a collection of 18 additional satellite papers in specialized journals such as Nature Biotechnology, Genome Research and Blood.

Professor Forrest is currently the Laboratory Head - Systems Biology and Genomics at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Perth, Western Australia, and a recipient of a Cancer Research Trust Senior Cancer Research Fellowship.

External positions

Laboratory Head: Systems Biology and Genomics , Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

2020 → …


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  • Brain-Enriched Coding and Long Non-coding RNA Genes Are Overrepresented in Recurrent Neurodevelopmental Disorder CNVs

    Alinejad-Rokny, H., Heng, J. I. T. & Forrest, A. R. R., 27 Oct 2020, In : Cell Reports. 33, 4, 108307.

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    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • CANCERSIGN: a user-friendly and robust tool for identification and classification of mutational signatures and patterns in cancer genomes

    Bayati, M., Rabiee, H. R., Mehrbod, M., Vafaee, F., Ebrahimi, D., Forrest, A. R. R. & Alinejad-Rokny, H., 1 Dec 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 1286.

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    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Comparative transcriptomics of primary cells in vertebrates

    Alam, T., Agrawal, S., Severin, J., Young, R. S., Andersson, R., Arner, E., Hasegawa, A., Lizio, M., Ramilowski, J. A., Abugessaisa, I., Ishizu, Y., Noma, S., Tarui, H., Taylor, M. S., Lassmann, T., Itoh, M., Kasukawa, T., Kawaji, H., Marchionni, L., Sheng, G. & 5 others, R R Forrest, A., Khachigian, L. M., Hayashizaki, Y., Carninci, P. & de Hoon, M. J. L., 1 Jul 2020, In : Genome Research. 30, 7, p. 951-961 11 p.

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    7 Citations (Scopus)
  • Comprehensive characterization of transcriptional activity during influenza a virus infection reveals biases in cap-snatching of host rna sequences

    Clohisey, S., Parkinson, N., Wang, B., Bertin, N., Wise, H., Tomoiu, A., Summers, K. M., Hendry, R. W., Carninci, P., Forrest, A. P. R., Hayashizaki, Y., Digard, P., Hume, D. A. & Baillie, J. K., 1 May 2020, In : Journal of Virology. 94, 10, e01720-19.

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    3 Citations (Scopus)
  • Functional annotation of human long noncoding RNAs via molecular phenotyping

    Ramilowski, J. A., Yip, C. W., Agrawal, S., Chang, J. C., Ciani, Y., Kulakovskiy, I. V., Mendez, M., Ooi, J. L. C., Ouyang, J. F., Parkinson, N., Petri, A., Roos, L., Severin, J., Yasuzawa, K., Abugessaisa, I., Akalin, A., Antonov, I. V., Arner, E., Bonetti, A., Bono, H. & 96 others, Borsari, B., Brombacher, F., Cameron, C. J. F., Cannistraci, C. V., Cardenas, R., Cardon, M., Chang, H., Dostie, J., Ducoli, L., Favorov, A., Fort, A., Garrido, D., Gil, N., Gimenez, J., Guler, R., Handoko, L., Harshbarger, J., Hasegawa, A., Hasegawa, Y., Hashimoto, K., Hayatsu, N., Heutink, P., Hirose, T., Imada, E. L., Itoh, M., Kaczkowski, B., Kanhere, A., Kawabata, E., Kawaji, H., Kawashima, T., Kelly, S. T., Kojima, M., Kondo, N., Koseki, H., Kouno, T., Kratz, A., Kurowska-Stolarska, M., Kwon, A. T. J., Leek, J., Lennartsson, A., Lizio, M., López-Redondo, F., Luginbühl, J., Maeda, S., Makeev, V. J., Marchionni, L., Medvedeva, Y. A., Minoda, A., Müller, F., Muñoz-Aguirre, M., Murata, M., Nishiyori, H., Nitta, K. R., Noguchi, S., Noro, Y., Nurtdinov, R., Okazaki, Y., Orlando, V., Paquette, D., Parr, C. J. C., Rackham, O. J. L., Rizzu, P., Martinez, D. F. S., Sandelin, A., Sanjana, P., Semple, C. A. M., Shibayama, Y., Sivaraman, D. M., Suzuki, T., Szumowski, S. C., Tagami, M., Taylor, M. S., Terao, C., Thodberg, M., Thongjuea, S., Tripathi, V., Ulitsky, I., Verardo, R., Vorontsov, I. E., Yamamoto, C., Young, R. S., Baillie, J. K., Forrest, A. R. R., Guigó, R., Hoffman, M. M., Hon, C. C., Kasukawa, T., Kauppinen, S., Kere, J., Lenhard, B., Schneider, C., Suzuki, H., Yagi, K., De Hoon, M. J. L., Shin, J. W. & Carninci, P., Jul 2020, In : Genome Research. 30, 7, p. 1060-1072 13 p.

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    22 Citations (Scopus)