"Accelerating the use of genomic technologies in Australasia"

Dr Mark Waltham

Retired Oct. 2019

AGTA President (Oct. 2015-2017)

Small Grants Scheme Working Group

Convenor AMATA 2001 (Melb.)

Inaugurated AGTA’s membership of the STA


Research Fellow

Blood Cancer Therapeutics Laboratory

Medicine Monash Health
Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Alicia Oshlack

Retired Mar. 2019

Co-convenor AGTA conference 2019 (Melbourne)

Co-convenor AGTA conference 2014 (Melbourne)

Student Education Working Group

Social media expert (Twitter)


Head of Bioinformatics
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Melbourne, Australia

Alicia Oshlack is the head of bioinformatics at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne. She focuses on the analysis of high-throughput genomics data in the areas of transcriptomics, epigenetics and clinical sequencing. She has been a member of AGTA (AMATA) since 2004.

Dr. Richard Tothill

Retired Oct. 2019

Co-convenor AGTA conference 2019 (Melbourne)

Vice President 2017-2019

Co-convenor AGTA conference 2014 (Melbourne)

Secretary and Public Officer (2011-2013)

Small Grants Scheme Working Group


Post Doctoral Scientist

Centre for Cancer Research
University of Melbourne
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Building
Melbourne, Australia

Richard Tothill is a genomics group leader and heads the Rare Disease Oncogenomics Laboratory within the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) located in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) building. Prior to this, Richard was senior post-doctoral scientist at the Cancer Therapeutics Program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His research interests encompas...

Richard Tothill is a genomics group leader and heads the Rare Disease Oncogenomics Laboratory within the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research (UMCCR) located in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) building. Prior to this, Richard was senior post-doctoral scientist at the Cancer Therapeutics Program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. His research interests encompass the use of genomic technologies to understand the genetic basis of cancer, which extends to cancer cell biology, transcription and epigenetics. His past highly cited work has involved the use gene-expression profiling for the molecular classification of solid tumours such as ovarian cancer and cancers of unknown primary. In recent times his focus has shifted to neuroendocrine cancers encompassing rare cancer types such as phaeochromocytoma and Merkel cell carcinoma as well as haematological malignancies with an emphasis on understanding tumour heterogeneity and cancer evolution. He is also involved with the clinical translation of genomic technologies at the Peter Mac with an active role in the co-development of clinical sequencing methods for the deployment of personalised genomic medicine. Richard has been on the AGTA executive committee since 2010 and previously occupied the dual role of Public Officer and Meeting Secretary until 2013.

Dr. Andreas Schreiber

Retired Oct. 2019

AGTA-2018 co-convenor (Adelaide)

Membership Secretary (2015-2019)

Vice-treasurer (2015 – 2019)

Succession planning working group


Bioinformatics Group Leader
ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility
Centre for Cancer Biology
Adelaide, Australia

Phone: +61 8 8222 3965

Andreas heads the bioinformatics group at the Centre for Cancer Biology’s ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility. This group focuses on applied bioinformatics of high throughput experiments, ranging from analysis of transcriptomic microarray or RNASeq data, gene regulation studies using ChIP and CLIPSeq, to the search for disease-associated point and structural mutations of the human genome.

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Andreas heads the bioinformatics group at the Centre for Cancer Biology’s ACRF Cancer Genomics Facility. This group focuses on applied bioinformatics of high throughput experiments, ranging from analysis of transcriptomic microarray or RNASeq data, gene regulation studies using ChIP and CLIPSeq, to the search for disease-associated point and structural mutations of the human genome.

Andreas obtained a BSc and MSc from the University of Melbourne, followed by a PhD in theoretical nuclear/particle physics from the University of Adelaide in 1990. He completed postdocs in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Canada before returning to Australia on an ARC Research Fellowship.  In 2002 he switched fields to Bioinformatics by joining the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide. He has been with the CCB since 2011.

Assoc. Prof. Daniel Catchpoole

AGTA President (Oct. 2011-2013)

Vice President 2010 – 2011

Biospecimens Research and Tumour Bank
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Sydney, Australia

A/Prof Catchpoole was appointed Head of the Tumour Bank at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in 2001. He holds a conjoint Associate Professor appointment with the University of Sydney and is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology, Sydney. A/Prof Catchpoole’s career research experience has focused on the molecular basis of paediatric malignancies in which he has extensive exp...

A/Prof Catchpoole was appointed Head of the Tumour Bank at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in 2001. He holds a conjoint Associate Professor appointment with the University of Sydney and is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology, Sydney. A/Prof Catchpoole’s career research experience has focused on the molecular basis of paediatric malignancies in which he has extensive experience exploring genomics in paediatric tumours. His scientific achievements have focussed on the assessment of childhood tumours, with specific attention given to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and neuroblastoma. Currently he leads a program of research investigating how complex genomics derived from paediatric cancer can become accessible to clinicians so as to gain knowledge about an individual cancers patient’s treatment and clinical management.

Prof. Ian Paulsen

Laboratory Head

Dept. of Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

Professor Ian Paulsen is a Professor of Genomics at Macquarie University and Deputy Director of the Macquarie Biomolecular Frontiers Centre. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher with more than 200 publications. He received a PhD from Monash University and was an NHMRC C.J. Martin Fellow at the University of California at San Die...

Professor Ian Paulsen is a Professor of Genomics at Macquarie University and Deputy Director of the Macquarie Biomolecular Frontiers Centre. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher with more than 200 publications. He received a PhD from Monash University and was an NHMRC C.J. Martin Fellow at the University of California at San Diego. He then took a faculty position at the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where he led many microbial genome sequencing projects. Ian returned to Australia in 2007 as a Professor at Macquarie University, where his recent research is focused on novel metagenomic and systems biology approaches to investigate microbial adaptation to different environments.

Ian’s blog- http://mqgenomics.blogspot.com.au

Dr. Mark Crowe

Training and Outreach Manager

QFAB Bioinformatics
Brisbane, Australia

Mark is currently working with QFAB Bioinformatics, developing and delivering short bioinformatics training courses. He has fifteen years experience in bioinformatics and genomics service provision roles, with a varied background including providing bioinformatics support for a pan-European genomics project, managing the next-generation sequencing service at the AGRF, and operations and researc...

Mark is currently working with QFAB Bioinformatics, developing and delivering short bioinformatics training courses. He has fifteen years experience in bioinformatics and genomics service provision roles, with a varied background including providing bioinformatics support for a pan-European genomics project, managing the next-generation sequencing service at the AGRF, and operations and research management for a private biotechnology company.

Dr Carsten Kulheim

Committee Member 2010 – 2016

Vice-President (2013-2015)

Convenor for AMATA 2011

Student Education Working Group

Research Fellow
Research School of Biology,
Australian National University (ANU),
Canberra, Australia

Dr Kate Howell

Research Fellow

ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology

The University of Western Australia

Twitter: @DrKateHowell

Kate Howell is a plant molecular biologist at the UWA node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology where her research focuses on using sequencing technologies to interrogate plant organellar genomes, the transcripts they encode and the RNA-binding proteins that regulate their expression. She is a former recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship (2008-...

Kate Howell is a plant molecular biologist at the UWA node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology where her research focuses on using sequencing technologies to interrogate plant organellar genomes, the transcripts they encode and the RNA-binding proteins that regulate their expression. She is a former recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship (2008-2009) and an inaugural ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2012-2015).

Assoc Prof Nicole Cloonan

Membership Secretary

The University of Auckland

Nicole is currently Assoc professor, Biological Sciences, faculty of Science. She is a pioneer of novel genomics and bioinformatics techniques. In 2008 she described a...

Nicole is currently Assoc professor, Biological Sciences, faculty of Science. She is a pioneer of novel genomics and bioinformatics techniques. In 2008 she described a new technology that revolutionized the way we study RNA. Now called RNA-seq, this technique was widely and rapidly adopted, and was the foundation for the Australian contribution to the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). 

Nicole was previously an ARC Future Fellow who has recently established the “Genomic Biology Laboratory” at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Her work is multi‐disciplinary in nature, involving bioinformatics, biochemistry, cell biology, and genomics – all of which she uses to understand the complexity, function, and systems biology of RNA. Her previous work has included the development of protocols and analysis techniques for RNA-seq, sequencing the genomes of pancreatic cancer patients and their tumours, but most recently has been heavily involved in the miRNA field.

Prof. Ryan Lister

Laboratory Head

Epigenomics
The University of WA
Perth, Western Australia