Dr Ira Cooke
James Cook University
Ira Cooke is a senior lecturer in bioinformatics at James Cook University where he is also Co-Director of the Centre for Tropical Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology. Originally trained as a physicist, he made the transition to bioinformatics a decade ago and has not looked back. His research uses comparative ‘omic approaches to help understand development, toxicity, immunity and microbial interactions in corals and cephalopods.
So you have assembled the genome of your favourite organism. This talk will describe what comes next, including gene and repeat modelling, comparative genomics and population genomics. It will also explore the potential afforded by falling sequencing costs and new technologies to reduce the gap in resource quality between model and non-model organisms.