Before joining SCU as senior research fellow in bioinformatics/computational biology, I was a bioinformatics scientist at the International Rice Research Institute engaging in institute-specific and global projects (e.g. the 3,000 Rice Genomes Project, characterizing the genomic diversity and population structure of the largest, sequenced representative collection of a crop species to-date; the International Rice Informatics Consortium; Genomic Open-source Breeding Informatics Initiative; Excellence in Breeding – Galaxy; Rice Galaxy) and continue to actively engage in global initiatives for the development of data and interoperability standards for agricultural data (Crop Ontology, Rice Data Interoperability Working Group).
My bioinformatics research interests include adoption, creation, and implementation of integrative analyses methods for high-density omics-type and genetic data in crop plants leading to candidate gene discovery and marker development for breeding applications. My computing technology interests are in the development and implementation of re-usable analysis software workflows for high throughput datasets with high computational resource demand, and exploring/ implementing technologies for embedding into data and information systems (biological databases, web applications) to be FAIR (Findable, Accessible, interoperable, Reusable) compliant with focus on data systems infrastructure creation, ontologies/controlled vocabulary development, and Application Programming Interface high-level design. I am also currently exploring digital methodologies for phenotype measurements such as computer vision and machine learning, with the aim of establishing a low-cost phenotyping platform for Southern Cross Plant Science focus crops.