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About the group

The applied bioinformatics group was founded in 2007 at the University of Queensland to lead a Bioinformatics node for the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics and establish independent research in applied bioinformatics. Since this time, the group has attracted more than 6.5 M AU$ in competitive funds and is a leading bioinformatics group in Australia. Our current research activities include the second generation sequencing of complex plant genomes and metagenomic populations, genome annotation, diversity analysis, trait association and data visualisation.

The group receives funding from the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, the University of Queensland, the Australian Research Council, the Grains Research and Development Corporation and several industry partners to undertake applied bioinformatics research in genetics and genomics.

The group is led by Professor David Edwards and consists of researchers with diverse backgrounds. We offer training in applied bioinformatics at all levels and publish widely in the fields of genomics, genetics and bioinformatics. Please contact David Edwards for further information.

We are based at the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus in Brisbane, Australia.


A current list of publications can be found here 'publications'

Public research projects

The applied bioinformatics research group works in several areas associated with second generation sequencing and assembly, genetic and genomic variation analysis and the discovery and application of molecular genetic markers. We work with a range of species, mostly in collaboration with a broad range of national and international research groups.

Genome sequencing

Wheat genome sequencing
Brassica genome sequencing
Chickpea genome sequencing


A differential kmer analysis pipeline

Molecular marker discovery

SNP discovery
SSR discovery
Genetic map visualisation

Genome annotation and visualisation

Gene and genome annotation

Species of interest include:


Group members

Group leader

David Edwards


Kenneth Chan

Positions available, please contact David Edwards if interested

Research Assistants

Bhavna Hurgobin

PhD students

Primary supervisor:

Philipp Bayer

Agnieszka Golicz

Bhavna Hurgobin

Kaitao Lai

Jenny (Huey Tyng) Lee

Michal Lorenc

Paula Andrea Martinez

Juan Montenegro

Paul Visendi Muhindira

Pradeep Ruperao

Co supervisor:

Salman Alamery

Fabian Inturrsis

Sarah Loberg

Dhwani Patel

Reece Tollenaere

Manuel Zander

Positions available, please contact David Edwards if interested

Honours students

Positions available, please contact David Edwards if interested


Positions available, please contact David Edwards if interested


Positions available

There are current positions availble at all levels including Postdoc, PhD students and Interns. Candidates should have a good understanding of one or more areas of Computing, Software development, Complex data analysis, Bioinformatics or Genomics. For consideration, please forward your cv and cover letter to