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Alexie Papanicolaou

Dr Alexie Papanicolaou is a genome bioinformatician working on ecological and economically important species including C4 Australian native grasses butterflies, moths and fruit flies.

Dr Papanicolaou joined the ARC Centre in 2017 as a Western Sydney node Associate Investigator and is an academic faculty staff member of the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment since 2015. Previous positions included the CSIRO (Black Mountain), the University of Exeter conducting his PhD research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.

His 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. He currently splits his time between addressing evolutionary genomics questions, conduct genomic, transcriptomic 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.

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.