COMBINE RNA-seq Workshop register by 19th Sept


What: Melbourne RNA-Seq Workshop
Date: 26th-27th September
Registration closes: 5 pm, 19th September
Venue: Seminar Room 2, WEHI (1G Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3051, Australia)
Course materials:

The COMBINE Melbourne Team are offering a two-day Introduction to RNA-seq workshop on 26th-27th September in Melbourne.

In this workshop, you will be learning how to analyse RNA-seq count data, using R. This will include reading the data into R, quality control and performing differential expression analysis and gene set testing, with a focus on the limma-voom analysis workflow. You will learn how to generate common plots for analysis and visualisation of gene expression data, such as boxplots and heatmaps. This workshop is aimed at biologists interested in learning how to perform differential expression analysis of RNA-seq data when reference genomes are available.

Catering will be provided. Please bring along your laptop, charged if possible, as there are limited power boards! Any enquiries please contact Holly Whitfield (


  • Some basic R knowledge is assumed. If you are not familiar with the R statistical programming language we strongly encourage you to work through an introductory R course before attempting these materials. We recommend the Software Carpentry R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis lessons up to and including vectorisation.
  • Please bring your own laptop with pre-installed R and RStudio.


  • Some basic R knowledge is assumed. If you are not familiar with the R statistical programming language we strongly encourage you to work through an introductory R course before attempting these materials. We recommend the Software Carpentry R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis lessons up to and including vectorisation.
  • Please bring your own laptop with pre-installed R and RStudio.

Registrations are now available here!

Kim-Anh Lê Cao wins prestigious Career Development Fellowship from the NHMRC

EMRI member Kim-Anh Lê Cao wins prestigious 2019-2022 Career Development Fellowship (CDF2) from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)Microbiome biomarkers of human disease: novel computational methods to facilitate therapeutic developments’, $483K.

This new CDF2 follows on from Kim-Anh’s previous 2015-2019 NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (CDF1) on ‘Development of statistical methodologies and application to clinical cancer studies’

Prof James Prosser, University of Aberdeen: Harnessing soil microbiomes for agricultural production: transforming hype and hope into reality. Tuesday 4th September, 6pm.

Public Lecture: Professor James Prosser, Chair in Molecular and Cell Biology at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, will present a seminar “Harnessing soil microbiomics for agricultural production: transforming hype and hope into reality.” Please join us for pre-seminar refreshments at the venue, from 5.00pm – 6.00pm.

Tuesday 4 September, 6.00pm, Theatre 1 (B103), Building 379, 207 Bouverie Street. For enquiries, please contact Jim He.

Jizheng (Jim) He|  Professor of Molecular Soil Ecology

School of Agriculture and Food   Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Room 514, Building 184, Parkville Campus

The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia

T: +61 3 9035 8890  M: 0402959078  E:

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Careers in Computational Biology Workshop – 17th September


The Computational Biology Research Initiative (CBRI) would like to invite you to participate in the Careers in Computational Biology Workshop to be held on Monday 17th September, 11am-2pm.

The workshop will be divided into two parts:

1. A career advice session with guest presenters from across the Parkville precinct with experience working in industry, government and academia; and

2. A CV feedback session, where workshop participants will have an opportunity to receive personalised feedback on their own brief CV from our guest presenters and peers in small group discussions.

Participants are asked to bring along:
– their own 1-2 page CV
– their own cup / mug: plastic cups will not be supplied during lunch


11:00-11.20am: Registration, welcome & introduction

11:20-11:40am: Roslyn Hickson (School of Maths & Stats, UoM; previously @ IBM Research)

11:40-12:00pm: Richard Bradhurst (Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, School of BioSciences, UoM)

12:00-12:20pm: Lavinia Gordon (Centre for Cancer Research, UoM; previously @ AGRF)

12:20-12:40pm: Monther Alhamdoosh  (CSL Limted; Honarary Bio21 Institute)

12:40-1:00pm: Working lunch with Q&A

1:00-1:30pm: Session #1 CV feedback small group discussion

1:30-2:00pm: Session #2 CV feedback small group discussion

There will be opportunity to move tables during the small group discussion to get an opportunity to receive feedback from multiple presenters.

Why should you attend?

1. Opportunity to receive personalised feedback on your CV

2. Hear about different career paths and perspectives both within and outside academia

3. Identify transferable and technical skills of value to potential employers or funders

4. Build networks across Parkville, which may lead to future grant, fellowship or job applications

RSVP is essential as places are limited:

Kind regards,
Andrew Siebel, Rebecca Chisholm & Lachlan McIntosh
CBRI EMCR Steering Group



Andrew Siebel | Research Manager

Melbourne Integrative Genomics

School of BioSciences/School of Maths & Stats | Faculty of Science | @MelbIntGen

Academic Convenor

Computational Biology Research Initiative

Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of Science

Athena SWAN SAT member

Inclusive thinking, embracing diversity & making Science inclusive

Building 184, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia

T: +61 3 8344 0707 E:  @Blewey30

Australian Society for Microbiology presentation “From environment to hosts – the diverse niches of bacteria” – 21st August, 6.30pm

The ASM Victorian Branch and ASM Food Microbiology SIG are pleased to present “From environment to hosts – the diverse niches of bacteria”.


  • Dr Nuwan Ruwani – Biodiversity of culturable microbiota in refrigerated raw milk
  • Dr Snehal Jadhav – Application of Omics in Food Safety
  • Dr Caitlin Cooper – Differences in colonization of Salmonella enterica serovar Sofia in broiler chickens and layer chickens
  • Dr Prue Bramwell – The role of the laboratory in undergraduate food microbiology education today

Chair: Prof Enzo Palombo

Date: Tuesday August 21st, 2018

Time: 6:30pm for finger food & refreshments, presentations begin at 7:15pm

Venue: Lecture theatre ATC101, Advanced Technologies Centre, Swinburne University, 441/401-451 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Cost: Free for ASM members, $40 non-ASM members, $15 non-ASM student members

For catering purposes please RSVP for this event by 5pm Thursday August 16th 2016 via:

For further details contact Ed Fox ( or Steve Petrovski (


Australian Microbial Ecology Conference 2019, Perth (save the date 11-13 Feb, 2019)

The Australian Microbial Ecology (AusME2019) meeting will be held at the University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.

AusME2019 is a single stream, 2.5 day conference with half days devoted to 4 broad microbiome systems (aquatic, terrestrial, symbiotic and engineered environments) and a fifth microbial ecology toolbox session.

Each conference day will start with a presentation delivered by a Plenary Speaker. Each half day session (on broad microbiome systems and toolboxes) will be introduced by an Invited Speaker and followed by selected proffered oral presentations, to be delivered by early-mid career scientists. Plenary and Invited Speakers are exciting presenters and world-leaders in their fields.


Microbial Ecology in Melbourne (Aust Society for Microbiology sponsored meeting) 27th September 14:00-17:30

What: Microbial Ecology in Melbourne (2 ECR speakers, 4 PhD speakers; afternoon tea, post meeting informal social)

When: 27th September, 2018 from 14:00-17:30

Where: La Trobe city campus, 360 Collins Street , Melbourne (Room: 360C-2.10).

Why: Promote communication/collaboration for microbial ecologists


    Sponsor: Australian Society for Microbiology

    Organisers: Dr Chris Greening (Monash); Assoc Prof Ashley Franks (La Trobe Uni); Prof Linda Blackall (University of Melbourne)

Cost: nil

Contact: Assoc Prof Ashley Franks –

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