Dr Toni Reverter-Gomez

Senior Principal Research Scientist

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Biography

Shortly after graduating from a B.Sc. degree in Veterinary Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, Toni was awarded a USDA PhD scholarship and in 1990 moved to Colorado State University to pursue a double degree of MS in Statistics and a PhD in Animal Sciences. In 1995, Toni joined the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. At the AGBU, Toni worked on all aspects, including computer programming and quantitative analyses related to BREEDPLAN, the Australian national genetic evaluation system for beef cattle. Since 2002, Toni has been based in Brisbane with CSIRO where he provides skills in computational and systems biology, quantitative and molecular genetics. In 2005, Toni was the recipient of the inaugural $10,000 Eureka Prize for Bioinformatics Research.

With over 150 refereed publications, Toni has been cited more than 2,900 times, an h-index of 33 and averaged 11 papers per year over the past 5 years in peer-reviewed journals, as well as invited and contributed papers to international meetings, book chapters, patents and reports. Regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches in international conferences and symposiums, Toni was the proud president of the 2017 conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (www.aaabg2017.org) which is the Australasian regions premier forum for discussing and disseminating research in this area.

In 2010-11, Toni was awarded the prestigious $35,000 Helen Newton Turner CSIRO Award. In 2013, Toni was promoted to CSOF8.2 and appointed Research Group Leader of Systems, Bioinformatics and Statistics. Resulting from the 2014 Integrated Reform Program, Toni was appointed Research Team Leader of the Computational and Systems Biology.

Toni Reverter takes great pride in mentoring junior scientists, PhD Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDF), encouraging them to develop their skills while being part of a bigger team. Recent PDF supervised by Toni include: Dr. Eva Chan (2008-2010; then moving to Monsanto, CA, USA, and currently at Garvan Institute, Sydney); Dr. Shivashankar Nagaraj (2009- 2011; now at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, UQ, Brisbane); currently Dr. Laercio Porto-Neto (OCE Post-Doc with a project entitled “Understanding and improving fertility in tropical beef cattle”). At the same time, Toni has been instrumental in the development of research proposals in livestock genomics that are currently active including: Transformational Genomics and Beef Breeding Strategies (funded by the Queensland Government); DNA pooling to enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of chicken breeding (funded by Cobb-Vantres Inc., AR, USA); Developing new methods to determine genomic relationships (funded by Meat & Livestock Australia).

Toni’s primary research vision is built on capitalising on the post-genomics ‘Big Data’ revolution that is in the process of sweeping the agricultural sciences and looks set to continue. It is vital that both molecular and quantitative scientists continue to develop innovative analytical methods and capabilities in this area. It is already clear that generating genomic, transcriptomic, epigenetic and metabolomics data is becoming more routine and, according to Toni’s believes, fundamental to revolutionising how we may predict and manage animal performance in both health and disease as we collectively look to the future.

Other Interests

Choir Singing: Bass 1 with the Brisbane Chorale (http://www.brisbanechorale.org.au/)
Mountain Biking

Academic Qualifications

  • 1994

    PhD Animal Science (Quantitative Genetics) - Colorado State University, USA.

  • 1994

    MSc Statistics (Linear Models) - Colorado State University, USA.

  • 1989

    BSc Veterinary Science (Animal Production) - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2005

    Eureka Prize for Bioinformatics Research

  • 2010-2011

    CSIRO Helen Newton Turner Award

Publications

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