Dr Shamith Samarajiwa
Shamith trained in software engineering and informatics, worked as a research chemist in industry, then studied Biomedicine at the Monash University where he completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science Honours degree with first class honours. He then completed a PhD in Molecular Immunology & Computational Genomics working on innate immunity, inflammation and the interferon system with Professor Paul Hertzog at The Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) (Melbourne, Australia). He utilised molecular and biochemical techniques involving viral and inflammatory in vivo disease models, transgenic & knock-out mice and bioinformatics and computational genomics to understand in vivo regulation of interferon and TLR signaling pathways, receptors and innate immune responses.
Shamith was the Foundation Bioinformatics Fellow at the MIMR (2006-2008), established the first bioinformatics research group at the institute, and developed novel data-integration technologies for deciphering immunity and inflammation associated systems. He also worked as a bioinformatician for the CRC for chronic inflammatory diseases. More recently he was a Computational Biology Research Associate in Professor Simon Tavaré's Statistics and Computational Biology group at the University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (2008-2014), working on genome scale data-integration and visualization, regulatory genomics and integrative cancer systems biology.