Mr Aidan O'Brien


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Aidan O’Brien graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Biotechnology (1st class honours) in 2013. With Dr. Timothy Bailey as his honours supervisor, he developed GT-Scan, a CRISPR target predictor.

Aidan then started at CSIRO with the transformational bioinformatics team, where he developed VariantSpark, which applies BigData machine learning algorithms to genomic data.

Aidan has 9 journal publications (3 first author) with 201 citations (h-index 6). He received the “Best student and postdoc” award at CSIRO in 2015 and attracted $180K in funding to date as AI.

Aidan has now started his PhD in the field of genome editing at the Australian National University.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2015-2015

    Successful Student / Postdoc Award

  • NSW iAwards for GT-Scan2

  • PhD top up scholarship

Current Roles

  • PhD Student
    Investigating machine learning models for efficient homology directed repair

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    BBiotech Hons, Bioinformatics
    The University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2013-2014

    Research Assistant
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland

  • 2014-2016

    Research Assistant
    University of Newcastle

  • 2016-2017

    Research Project Officer

  • 2017

    PhD Student
    Australian National University

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-Present

    Assistant Deputy Chief Fire Warden

  • 2017-Present

    North Ryde Social Club


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