• The University of Western Australia (M002), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


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  • 1519 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
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Personal profile


Professor Michael Wise completed a double degree in Engineering and Arts and a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of New South Wales. He then worked for the University Technology, Sydney for two years before lecturing in Computer Science at the University of Sydney. Here he created computer software for use in plagiarism detection until the discovery that his programs had a secondary use in gene sequence alignment prompted him to shift his research to bioinformatics. Prof Wise was subsequently employed a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College in Cambridge. In 2004 he moved to The University of Western Australia, where he had a joint appointment in the School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences and in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Since July 2016, he is now soley in Computer Science and Software Engineering

Current projects

A/Professor Wise is primarily interested in computational biology, particularly microbial informatics (i.e. the application of computational techniques to better understand bacterial and other microbial life).

Teaching overview

Prof Wise lectures in Computer Science.


Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Microbial Informatics, Research/Publication Ethics

External positions

Trustee, Committee on Publication Ethics

Jun 2017 → …

Council Member, Committee of Publication Ethics

Jun 2013 → …

Chair, Immunisation Alliance of Western Australia

Jul 2010Jun 2016


  • Bioinformatics
  • Not for Profit
  • Microbial informatics
  • Computational evolutionary biology
  • Research Ethics
  • Computational Biology

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Research Output 2001 2018

  • 1519 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 29 Article
  • 2 Conference paper
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter

Genomic epidemiology and population structure of Neisseria gonorrhoeae from remote highly endemic Western Australian populations

Al Suwayyid, B. A., Coombs, G. W., Speers, D. J., Pearson, J., Wise, M. J. & Kahler, C. M., 27 Feb 2018, In : BMC Genomics. 19, 1, 165

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Neisseria gonorrhoeae
Western Australia

Advanced multi-loop algorithms for RNA secondary structure prediction reveal that the simplest model is best

Ward, M., Datta, A., Wise, M. & Matthews, D., 21 Aug 2017, In : Nucleic Acids Research. 45, 14, p. 8541-8550 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

Quantum changes in Helicobacter pylori gene expression accompany host-adaptation

Chua, E-G., Wise, M. J., Khosravi, Y., Seow, S-W., Amoyo, A. A., Pettersson, S., Peters, F., Tay, C-Y., Perkins, T. T., Loke, M-F., Marshall, B. J. & Vadivelu, J., Feb 2017, In : DNA Research. 24, 1, p. 37-49 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

The Sit-and-Wait Hypothesis in Bacterial Pathogens: A Theoretical Study of Durability and Virulence

Wang, L., Liu, Z., Dai, S., Yan, J. & Wise, M. J., 3 Nov 2017, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 8, p. 1-14 14 p., 2167

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

dCITE: Measuring necessary cladistic information can help you reduce polytomy artefacts in trees

Wise, M. J., 1 Nov 2016, In : PLoS One. 11, 11, e0166991

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle