Careers Panel

We are proud to announce the panellists for our Symposium 2013 Careers Panel:

Chris Leckie

Chris Leckie

Prof. Chris Leckie

Dept. of Computing and Information Systems
The University of Melbourne

Dr. Chris Leckie received his PhD degree in computer science in 1992 from Monash University. He joined Telstra Research Laboratories in 1988, where he led research and development into artificial intelligence techniques for a range of telecommunication applications. In 2000, Dr. Leckie joined the University of Melbourne, where he is currently a Professor with the Department of Computing and Information Systems.

Dr. Leckie’s research focus lies in the development of AI techniques for a variety of applications in telecommunications, such as network intrusion detection, network management, fault diagnosis and wireless sensor networks. Since 2010 he has been Deputy Director of theNICTA Victoria Research Laboratory.

Annalisa Swan

Annalisa Swan

Dr. Annalisa Swan


IBM Melbourne Research Laboratory, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Annalisa Swan is a researcher in the health care group at IBM Research Australia. Her research interests can be broadly described as the application of mathematical techniques to further understanding in the medical world.

Dr. Swan obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Auckland, where she worked on building computational models of the lungs at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. These models incorporate the biophysics and biochemistry of pulmonary processes in patient-specific geometries and are used to run virtual “in-silico” experiments by applying controlled variations. Now based at IBM Research, Dr. Swan works on a range of problems, including epidemiological modelling to improve public health decisions and data analytics to improve health care delivery
Tony Papenfuss

Tony Papenfuss

Assoc Prof Tony Papenfuss
Laboratory Head (Bioinformatics)
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
Dr. Tony Papenfuss holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Monash University. He is a lab head in the Bioinformatics Division at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and heads the Bioinformatics and Cancer Genomics Lab at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

The focus of Dr. Papenfuss’ lab research is the analysis of next generation sequence data, particularly in cancer and infectious diseases. He is also interested in computational comparative genomics and the use of sequence data from multiple species to learn about the evolution of (mainly disease-related) genes. Dr. Papenfuss has contributed to a number of genome projects and is currently sequencing the genome of the scabies mite and the house dust mite.


Mike Kuiper

Mike Kuiper

Dr. Michael Kuiper

Computational Molecular Scientist
The Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative

Dr. Mike Kupier completed a PhD in chemistry in 1997 at Swinburne University of Technology. He then worked at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing and Queen’s University as a post-doctoral fellow, where he studied antifreeze proteins and the physiological response of fish to ice particles. This led him to numerous expeditions to Antarctica with the United States Antarctic Program.

Dr. Kupier now works at the Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative, where he contributes to many varied collaborative projects. He enables researchers in biological science to utilise high-performance computing for molecular simulations of protein folding and drug-binding.

Armita Zarnegar

Armita Zarnegar

Dr. Armita Zarnegar
Computational Biologist
Victorian Department of Primary Industries

Dr. Armita Zarnegar obtained her bachelor degree in IT and applied physics in Iran. She worked for some time in the Iran Telecommunications Research Centre before starting her master’s degree in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Dr. Zarnegar immigrated to Australia in 2005 and worked as a research assistant at the University of Ballarat on a cystic fibrosis project in collaboration with the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital. She then started her PhD in 2007 at the University of Ballarat on gene regulatory network discovery. Dr. Zarnegar’s career would then lead her to NICTA, followed by a bioinformatician position at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, before joining the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

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