Computational Biology // Massey University


Group leader

PhD student

Cancer metatranscriptomics.

PhD student

BSc(Hons) student

Variant profiles in cancer.


PhD student with Dr. Anna Pilbrow

Long non-coding and circular RNA identification in heart disease.

PhD student with Dr. Xue-Xian Zhang

Transcriptional regulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

PhD student with Dr. Olin Silander

Mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance in Bacteria.


  • Elena Denisenko // PhD student // 2018 // Postdoc at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
  • Jessica Fitch // MSc student with Dr. Austen Ganley // 2018 // Poultry Vet Services
  • Tina Visnovska // Bioinformatics technician // 2015-2017 // Bioinformatician at Oslo University Hospital
  • Daniel Ho // MSc student (First Class Honours) // 2017 // PhD student at the Liggins Institute, Auckland
  • Bilgimol Joseph // PhD student with Dr. Evelyn Sattlegger // 2017 // Postdoc at Dept. of Medicine, UC San Diego
  • Daniela Quintana // PhD student with Dr. Austen Ganley // 2016 // U of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Jacob Lawes // BNatSci summer student // 2015
  • Saumya Agrawal // Bioinformatics technician // 2014 // Postdoc at RIKEN Institute, Japan
  • Natalie Thomas // Bioinformatics technician // 2014

Open Positions

Currently there are no funded position available. However, I am always on the lookout for exceptional MSc and PhD students. If you are interested in the things we do and wish to pursue a PhD here at Massey University, then I am happy to discuss possible projects with you. There are often opportunities to waive study fees. If you have your own funding even better! If you think of applying here please have a look at the general guide for applicants.


Dr. Sebastian Schmeier
Research Group Leader
Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics/Genomics

Massey University, INMS
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 414 0800 (ext: 43538)

Publications // latest

Bioconda: sustainable and comprehensive software distribution for the life sciences. Nature Methods, 2018, 15:475–476

Transcriptional landscape of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in macrophages. Scientific Reports, 2018, 8:6758

An evaluation of function of multicopy non-coding RNAs in mammals using ENCODE/FANTOM data and comparative genomics. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2018, msy046

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