Paul Gardner

Paul is a Senior Lecturer of Bioinformatics at the University of Otago. His research interests include RNA bioinformatics, genome annotation and analysis of genome variation. Paul is a sporadic WikipedianBlogger and Tweeter. Much of his lecture material is freely available. He is the Assistant Editor in Chief for RNA Biology.

Meet the Team

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Dr Sasha Gavryushkina


Sasha is a postdoctoral fellow funded by Bio-Protection Research Centre. She works on developing methods for genotype phenotype association studies applied to classify pathogenic bacterial strains. She has a PhD degree in Computational biology from University of Auckland. She has previously worked on phylogenetic methods applied in epidemiology and macroevolution.


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Dr Chun Shen Lim


Lim has a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Otago. He is carrying on research into avoidance theory in mRNA's started by Sinan Ugur Umu.



Bethany Jose

PhD Student

Beth has a PhD scholarship from the Bio-Protection Research Centre to work on Pathogen Genomics. She has a BSc in Biochemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from Keele University, and completed her MSc in Bioinformatics in 2015 at the University of Leicester in the UK. She is working on the evolutionary origins and annotation of bacterial sRNAs


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Thomas Nicolson

PhD student

Tom currently works on sRNA evolution in bacteria


Harry Biggs


From the University of Otago, he currently curates data for other projects



Stephanie McGimpsey

Assistant Research Fellow

Stephanie has a a MSc by thesis in Biochemistry at the University of Otago. She is investigating the twilight zone of nucleotide alignments.



Bikash Kumar Bhandari

MSc student

Bikash is working alongside Dr Chun Shen Lim assisting with further research into avoidance theory in mRNA's.


Helena Cooper

BSc Honours student

Helana currently is doing her honours in Sequence evolution and antibiotic resistance


Holly Pinkney

BSc honours student

Holly is working on analysis of RNA:RNA interactions data, together with Dr Sarah Diermeier


Lars Barquist - Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Infection Biology, University of Würzburg
James Hadfield - PhD student, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Stinus Lindgreen - Research Scientist in Bioinformatics at Carlsberg Laboratories
Nellie Sibaeva 
Sarah Sonal
James Patterson
Sinan Uğur Umu - Postdoctoral Fellow, Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo
Nicole Wheeler - Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanger Institute
Dorien Coray - Post Doctoral Fellow within the Biomolecular Interaction Centre, University of Canterbury
Fatemeh Ashari Ghomi
Padmini Parasarathy