Dr Jana Sperschneider

Research Fellow - The Australian National University

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Biography

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. In 2018, I joined the Australian National University as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics (CGMB) and was awarded a 2019 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). I am also a visiting scientist at CSIRO.

My current research interests are 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 (http://effectorp.csiro.au/; http://apoplastp.csiro.au/), for plant and effector localization (http://localizer.csiro.au/) as well as for RNA structure prediction (http://dotknot.csse.uwa.edu.au/; http://knotseeker.csse.uwa.edu.au/).

Current Roles

  • Research Fellow - The Australian National University
    Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics (CGMB)

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

  • 2017-2017

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

  • 2017-2017

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

  • 2009-2009

    Google Australia and New Zealand Anita Borg Finalist
    Google

  • 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.

Publications

We have publications by Dr Jana Sperschneider
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