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Dr Jimmy Breen
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I am a the head of the Bioinformatics facility at the Robinson Research Institute and member of the University of Adelaide's Bioinformatics Hub. My expertise is primarily in next-generation sequencing and genomics research. I have over 10 years experience dealing with data in a wide variety of fields such as cereal genomics, ancient DNA, evolutionary biology, metagenomics and epigenetics. I am also a lecturer in Bioinformatics in the Faculty of Sciences's Master of Biotechnology course. I was previously a Bioinformatician and genomics researcher at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA and the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.
As a PhD candidate I researched genome assembly strategies in organisms with complex genome structures such as bread wheat. Wheat has a allo-hexaploid genome structure, over 90% repetitive sequence and is over 17 billion pairs (5x larger than the human genome). As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich, Switzerland I aimed to reduce complexity within a chromosome arm by producing a physical map of chromosome 1AS as part of the European Union's 7th framework project 'Triticeae Genome' (http://www.triticeaegenome.eu).
My last postdoctoral research project investigated ancient DNA and the analysis of plant remains uncovered by archaeologists in Armenia. Areni-1 is a cave located south-east of the Armenian captial of Yeveran and contains a large array of well-preserved plant samples from as far back as the Chalcolithic (8,000-5,100 years ago). The cave has uncovered some interesting artefacts including the world's oldest shoe and the earlist known winery.
My research interests are in epigenetics, medical genomics and next-generation sequencing applications, working with biomedical researchers located within the Robinson Research Institute. I also have extensive experience in open-access data projects, leading the development of an open-access genomic data repository called the Online Ancient Genome Repository (OAGR).
For additional information about me, please visit my githubIO site
2006 - 2009 PhD Candidate (Bioinformatics) Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University
2009 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Institute for Plant Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
2012 - 2013 Bioinformatics Officer Australian Genome Research Facility, Brisbane, Australia
2013 - 2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Australian Centre for Ancient DNA/School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide
2016 - Current Head, Bioinformatics Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide
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