Dr Alexie Papanicolaou blends the frontiers of molecular biology and computer science to secure Australia's agricultural and natural ecosystems in the face of a changing climate.
He is a genome bioinformatician working on ecological and economically important species, such as the Heliconius butterflies, Helicoverpa armigera the cotton bollworm moth, invasive Tephritid fruit flies and eucalyptus trees.
Dr Alexie Papanicolaou's main interest is developing bioinformatics capability to address evolutionary questions such as how organisms adapt to a changing or novel environment and therefore works on the crux of biosecurity, climate adaptation and evolutionary biology.
Dr Papanicolaou joined the Institute in 2015 after previous positions in the CSIRO, the University of Exeter conducting his PhD research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.
He currently splits his time between addressing evolutionary genomics questions, conduct genomic and geospatial data analysis and engineer new bioinformatic software. He has worked on a number of international genome consortia, is the leader of the i5k working group on Manual Curation and a coauthor of the Trinity RNA-Seq, the Just Annotate My Genome and others.
Dr Papanicolaou's research is currently focused on using gene expression experiments to dissect the molecular basis of adaptive traits using a number of organisms as models.
Further, he is passionate about post-graduate education especially on the topic of computer science and bioinformatics, community curation of data and is also interested in exploring new concepts and methods that can integrate genomics with spatial ecology.