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Dr Denis Bauer is an internationally recognised expert in bioinformatics and artificial intelligence, who is passionate about improving human health research by understanding the secrets in our genome using cloud-computing technology. She is an adjunct associate professor at Macquarie University and AWS Data Hero. She was awarded Brilliant Women in Digital Health (2021) and Women in AI Innovation Award (2022).

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. In 2020 she won the CSIRO Collaboration Medal for her work analyzing COVID-19 genome for vaccine development and molecular contact tracing.

As CSIRO’s transformational bioinformatics leader, Denis is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at international medical and IT conferences including Amazon Web Services global Healthcare & Life Science Day '21, International Research Software Engineering Conference '20, Enactus World Cup 2020, International conference on Frontotemporal Dementia ‘18. Her revolutionary achievements have been featured in the press such as The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, The Mandarin, Australian Institute of Company Directors Magazine, 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 50 peer-reviewed publications (28 as first or senior author), with over 2900 citations and an H-index 25.

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

Professional Experiences

  • 2009-2010

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

  • 2010-2012

    Postdoctoral research fellow (Centre for Brain Genomics)
    Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Australia

  • 2012-present

    Research Scientist

  • 2012-2012

    Visiting Scholar
    UW Genome Sciences

  • 11/03/2019 -present

    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Macquarie University

  • 25/08/2020-present

    Associate Professor
    Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2008-2008

    Outstanding Individual Award

  • 2008-2008

    Best student paper award
    IAPR Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics

  • 2013-2013

    Early Career Researcher Award
    Translational Cancer Research Conference

  • 2016-2020

    Julius Career Award $105,000

  • 2017-2017

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

  • 2020-2020

    The CSIRO Collaboration Medal (COVID-19 Vaccine Development Team, 2020)

  • 2020-2020

    Professional Bioinformatician Award
    Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society

  • 2020-2020

    Data Hero
    Amazon Web Services

  • 2020-2020

    iAwards, Government Services, merit

  • 2021-2021

    Brilliant Women in Digital Health

  • 2022-2022

    Women in AI (Innovation and first runner up of overall award)
    Women in AI

  • 2023-2023

    Science and Engineering Excellence awards

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

  • 2019-2019

    International conference on Bioinformatics/ECCB

  • 2020-2020

    Enactus World Cup 2020 and COVID-19 Unmasked panel (1000 attendees)

  • 2020-2020

    Research Software Engineering conference NZ (Keynote)

  • 2021-2021

    AWS global Healthcare & Life Science Day (1000 attendees)

  • 2023-2024

    Statewide Clin­i­cal Genomics Net­work Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Member

  • 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


  • 2013-2015

    NSW Cancer Institute “Link between Obesity and Cancer”

  • 2014-2015

    OCE Cutting Edge Science Symposium "Precise genomic engineering"

  • 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

  • 2019-2019

    CI MRFF Frontiers Grant Antimicrobial Resistance $1M

  • 2021-2021

    NHMRC Partnership grand ($3.4M)

  • 2021-2024

    2020 Genomics Health Futures Mission, PI, Prof Zornitza Stark, 2008820, A national large scale automated reanalysis program to increase rare disease diagnosis

  • 2022-2026

    ARC Training Centre for Next-Gen Technologies in Biomedical Analysis ($4M) Prof Killugudi Swaminatha Iyer, Western Australia University

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