• The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


In 2015 I finished my PhD at UQ creating a novel genotyping--by-sequencing method called skimGBS. I then moved to UWA to work with the Edwards group on plant breeding using computational methods. In 2018 I started a Forrest Fellowship where I worked on the genomics of wheat breeding and the applications of machine learning in genomics. In 2021 I started a DECRA where I work on modeling the evolutionary processes behind new genes and gene loss.

Roles and responsibilities

I'm a DECRA fellow associated with the group of Dave Edwards - I run my own research, help PhD students with their research, and look after the group's infrastructure.

I also run the Hacky Hour, every Tuesday at the Hackett Cafe at 2pm and online on Zoom, where we talk code and data and help people with code and data problems: https://twitter.com/hackyhouruwa

I am a member of the Research Committee for the UWA Institute of Data and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the ARDC Machine Learning CoP.

Funding overview

UWA Research Collaboration Award, 'Microbe mediated alternative Nitrogen nutrition in Australian seagrasses'

GRDC, Identifying genetic contributors to canola blackleg resistance in the presence of environmental effects using Machine Learning

GRDC, Deep Learning for early detection and classification of crop disease and stress

ARC, DECRA: The Life and Death Of Plant Genes

Industrial relevance

Our group collaborates extensively with international breeding companies such as BASF and Intergrain.


Plant genomics, plant pangenomics, machine learning, interpretable machine learning, computer-assisted breeding programs, Brassica, wheat, legumes, seagrasses



Research expertise keywords

  • plant genomics
  • plant genetics
  • bioinformatics
  • computational biology
  • Data Science


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