Dr Jana Sperschneider

OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

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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

  • 2017

    Agriculture and Food Director’s Award in the category ‘Next-Generation Talent’

  • 2017

    Agriculture and Food Director’s Award in the category ‘Inclusion & Diversity’ (Team award)

  • 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

Other highlights

  • 2017

    Invited speaker: Queenstown Molecular Biology satellite meeting on “Plant-Microbe Interactions”. Queenstown Research Week, 3-6 September 2017, Queenstown, New Zealand.

  • 2016

    Invited speaker: IS-MPMI XVII Congress. Special session: Rust fungi – Molecular mechanisms underlying disease and resistance. 16-21 July 2016, Portland, United States.

  • 2014

    Invited speaker: Australian Pathogen Bioinformatics Symposium. 2 December 2014, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

  • 2014

    Invited speaker: Pawsey Petascale Bioinformatics Symposium. 10 November, 2014, Perth, Australia.

  • 2013

    Invited speaker: EMBO workshop “Integrating omic approaches to host-pathogen interactions”. 25 – 28 June 2013, Liverpool, United Kingdom.


We have publications by Dr Jana Sperschneider
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: NoNZc0MAAAAJ ORCID: 0000-0002-9385-8588