I'm a computational biologist (bioinformatician) working as a senior scientist at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in Auckland, New Zealand. I'm interested in the application of genomics, metagenomics and other omics technologies in biosecurity.
I obtained my PhD in medical sciences (bioinformatics) from the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in 2017. Previously, I received a master degree in Post-genomic science from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2012 and a bachelor degree in microbiology from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand in 2011. During my PhD, I studied the effects of antibacterial biocides (e.g. antiseptics, disinfectants) and metals (e.g. copper, silver) on antibiotic resistance using genomic and metagenomic approaches.
My current work and research activities in biosecurity area are largely dominated by analysing large-scale High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) data from a variety of sources to identify and characterise endemic and exotic pests and diseases in New Zealand. I have a deep interest in insect pest modelling, bacterial genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, small RNA sequencing, metabarcoding, eDNA, antimicrobial resistance, microbial community ecology and the human, animal and environmental microbiomes. I also have an interest in developing biological databases and bioinformatics software/tools. For more information about my work and research activities please visit my website at http://chandanpal.weebly.com.