I completed a M.Sc. in Computer Science with a focus on Bioinformatics at the University of Freiburg, Germany. In 2008, I commenced a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia in which I developed novel methods for the computational prediction of non-coding RNA structure. In 2012, I joined CSIRO as an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow to work on plant pathogenomics.

My current research interests are the computational prediction of effectors and their localization using machine learning, comparative pathogenomics and host-pathogen coevolution. I have a strong interest in the relationships between molecule structure and function as well as the role of non-coding RNA in host-pathogen interactions. I have released several software tools for effector prediction using machine learning as well as for RNA structure prediction.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012

    Ph.D. in Bioinformatics
    The University of Western Australia

  • 2007

    Diplom (M. Sc.) in Computer Science
    University of Freiburg

Achievements and Awards

  • 2009

    Google Australia and New Zealand Anita Borg Finalist

  • 2008-2011

    University Postgraduate Award for International Students (UPAIS)
    The University of Western Australia

  • 2008-2011

    International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
    The University of Western Australia


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