David M. Budden is a computational biologist, machine learning researcher and Ph.D candidate with the University of Melbourne’s recently established Systems Biology Laboratory. David graduated as the University Medalist with a BEng (Hons I) and a BCompSc from the University of Newcastle in 2012. He has previously worked with the CSIRO Adaptive Systems Group (Sydney) and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.
As a die-hard sci-fi fan, David is proportionately passionate about the intersection of biology and robotics research, and to-date has fourteen peer-reviewed publications in both fields. David is also an active proponent of the importance of scientific education and communication; he has several teaching awards, is a regular guest author for The Conversation and recently shared his vision for the future of medical research to the world at a locally-organised TEDx forum.