Dr Denis Bauer


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Biography

Dr Denis Bauer is an internationally recognised expert in machine learning, specifically in processing big genomic data to help unlock the secrets in human DNA. Her achievements include developing an open-source, artificial intelligence-based cloud-service that accelerates disease research and contributing to national and international initiatives for genomic medicine funded with over $500M.

As CSIRO’s transformational bioinformatics leader, Denis is frequently invited as a keynote at international medical and IT conferences including Amazon Web Services Summit 2019, International conference on Frontotemporal Dementia ‘18, Alibaba Infinity Singapore ’18 and Open Data Science Conference India ’18. Her revolutionary achievements have been featured in international press such as GenomeWeb, ZDNet, Computer World, CIO Magazine, the AWS Jeff Barr blog, and was in ComputerWeekly’s Top 10 IT stories of 2017.

Denis holds a BSc from Germany and PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Queensland, and has completed postdoctoral research in both biological machine learning and high-throughput genetics. She has 38 peer-reviewed publications (18 as first or senior author), with over 1000 citations and an H-index 16.

Denis advocates for gender equality in IT, and is active on CSIRO’s Inclusion and Diversity committee.

Current Roles

  • Group leader
    Transformational Bioinformatics Group

  • Researcher
    An integrative approach to next-generation 'omics

  • Project Leader
    Cloud-based genomic services

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    BSc, Bioinformatics
    Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

  • 2005

    BSc Hons, Computational Biology
    School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia

  • 2010

    PhD, Bioinformatics
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Australia

  • 2018

    Certificate in Executive Management and Development
    UNSW

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-present

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO

  • 2010-2012

    Postdoctoral research fellow (Centre for Brain Genomics)
    Queensland Brain Institute

  • 2012-2012

    Visiting Scholar
    UW Genome Sciences

  • 2009-2010

    Research Officer
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience

  • 2009-2010

    Research Officer
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Australia

  • 2010-2012

    Postdoctoral research fellow
    Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Australia

  • 2012-2012

    Visiting Scholar
    UW Genome Sciences

Achievements and Awards

  • 2008-2008

    Outstanding Individual Award
    IMBcom

  • 2008-2008

    Best student paper award
    IAPR Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics

  • 2011-2011

    Infotech Research Award (finalist)
    Women in Technology (WiT)

  • 2013-2013

    Early Career Researcher Award
    Translational Cancer Research Conference

  • 2016-2016

    Breakthrough Innovation
    CSIRO

  • 2016-2020

    Julius Career Award $105,000
    CSIRO

  • 2017-2017

    Outstanding Collaboration Award
    CSIRO

  • 2017-2017

    iAward (Big Data/ML Innovation of the Year & Industrial & Prim. Industries)
    aiia

  • 2018-2018

    Inclusion, Trust and Respect Award
    CSIRO

  • 2018-2018

    Domain and Digital Award
    CSIRO

Other highlights

  • 2009

    The FANTOM Consortium et al., “The transcriptional network that controls growth arrest and differentiation in a human myeloid leukemia cell line.”, Nat Genet. 2009. IF 36.4 Cited: 146

  • 2013

    Bio-IT World asia - Singapore (invited speaker)

  • 2017

    Strata Data (O’Reilly and Cloudera) invited speaker

  • 2017

    Keynote YOW! Conference

  • 2018

    Keynote AgileIndia (1500 attendees)

  • 2018

    Keynote AI Dev Days (300 attendees)

  • 2018-2018

    Keynote at AWS Summit Canberra 1000+ attendees

  • 2018-2018

    Keynote at Open Data Science Conference, India, 300 attendees

  • 2018-2018

    Keynote at International conference on Frontotemporal Dementia

  • 2018-2018

    Plenary panel Alibaba Infinity Singapore

  • 2019-2019

    Keynote at AWS Summit Innovation Day Mumbai

Grants

  • 2014-2015

    OCE Cutting Edge Science Symposium "Precise genomic engineering"

  • 2013-2015

    NSW Cancer Institute “Link between Obesity and Cancer”

  • 2012-2013

    CIC: URC Small Grants Schema "Early life events on gut microbes" (Caroline Kerr)

  • 2013-2014

    PI: Accelerated Science Data Program "Next-Generation Sequencing Analysis Enterprise-wide (NGSANE)"

  • 2013-2014

    PI Accelerated Science Data Program "The Cancer Gene Atlas (TCGA)"

  • 2015-2020

    AI NHMRC TCR into Genomics "Preparing Australia for Genomic Medicine" $25M

  • 2015-2020

    AI NHMRC Dementia Research Team Grant "Developing insight into the molecular origins of frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis" $6.4M

  • 2016-2016

    CI OCE Cutting Edge Science Symposium "Genome engineering and cancer"

  • 2016-2019

    CI Research+PostDoc Fellowship, "Big data solutions for medical and commercial genome editing applications", $315,000

  • 2017-2020

    CI Research+PostDoc Fellowship, "Accelerating biomedical discoveries from sequencing data with cloud-based BigData analytics", $315,000

  • 2018-2021

    CI CSIRO SynBio FSP fellowship "Developing novel strategies for highly efficient CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing therapy. " $490,000

  • 2019-2019

    CI MRFF Frontiers Grant Antimicrobial Resistance $1M

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2012-2013

    AMATA conference committee

  • 2013-present

    Member of Melbourne Genomics Alliance Advisory Committee

  • 2018-present

    Inclusion and Diversity committee

  • 2012-present

    59 reviews for 9 journals (Nature Methods, Bioinformatics, Nucleic Acid Research, Trends in molecular medicine, Briefings in Bioinformatics)

  • 2017-present

    Editor of The CRISPR Journal

  • 2015-present

    Organizer of the Biannual Australian Genome Engineering Symposium

  • 2014-present

    Australian Genomic Health Alliances

  • 2018-present

    NSW Genomics IMT

Publications

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