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Dr Alex Whan

Pronouns: he,him,his

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Alex's research interests mostly revolve around the analysis and integration of data from biological systems. This includes the development of software to store and integrate experimental data, as well as reproducible approaches to data analysis, mostly focused on wheat genomics.
Alex completed a PhD from the University of Queensland in 2009 working on QTL mapping of nitrogen use efficiency in sugarcane. He then moved to CSIRO in Canberra for postdoctoral work focused on the manipulation of the expression of starch metabolism enzymes in wheat. During that postdoctoral work, Alex transitioned to working more closely with the 4 and 8-way MAGIC populations on various traits, with a focus on data analysis and experimental design. He now leads the Plant Bioinformatics and Data Science team in CSIRO Agriculture and Food, which spans work from NGS analysis through to functional genomics and statistical approaches to solving complex genetic challenges.

Current Roles

  • Research team leader
    Crop bioinformatics and data science

  • Project leader
    Germplasm stewardship software development

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    Bachelor Biotechnology (Hons)
    University of Queensland

  • 2009

    PhD Quantitative genetics
    University of Queensland

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