Dr Michael Roach
Dr Roach is the the Bioinformatician at the new Flinders Accelerator for Microbiome Exploration (FAME). At FAME, they apply metagenomics to obtain a better understanding of the microbiomes associated with various environemental and human health issues. His research interests include all things bioinformatics, data viz and graphic design, software dev, and more recently webapp dev.
He previously worked at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) where he assembled the Chardonnay genome and developed the new gold standard for grapevine clonal marker discovery. He wrote the pipeline Purge Haplotigs for heterozygous diploid assembly clean-up, and contributed to many other various yeast genomics projects.
Prior to the Post-doc at the AWRI, his Honours and PhD projects were in drug discovery, not genomics, and involved identifying and testing candidate structural inhibitors of malarial enzymes which required a lot of protein homology modelling and in silico screening.