Computational Biology // Massey University

Current Members

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.

PhD student with Dr. Olin Silander

Transcriptomics in Bacteria.

Past Members

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 post-grad degree working with us, 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
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 414 0800 (ext: 43538)

Publications // latest

MinION Sequencing of colorectal cancer tumour microbiomes – a comparison with amplicon-based and RNA-Sequencing. PLoS One, 2020, accepted.

Molecular subtyping improves prognostication of Stage 2 colorectal cancer. BMC Cancer, 2019, 19, 1155

DeePEL: Deep learning architecture to recognize p-lncRNA and e-lncRNA promoters. In proceedings: IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine, 2019, B516, accepted.

News&Blog // latest

[ 20190528 | news ] Recent funding successes.

[ 20190319 | news ] New publication: Frontiers in Immonology

[ 20190122 | news ] New publication: BMC Genomics

[ 20181230 | news ] New publication: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

[ 20180703 | news ] New publication: Nature Methods

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