Project Description

Dr Benjamin Goudey

IBM Research-Australia, Melbourne

Bioinformatics in industrial research

Next generation sequencing & bioinformatics

Monday 1 July 2019

Benjamin Goudey has been a Research Scientist at IBM Research Australia since 2014. During this time, he has been involved in a range of topics including using supercomputers to analyse billions of pairs of genetic variants, developing scalable techniques for bacterial genomics, and more recently, building prognostic models for Alzheimer’s disease. The central theme throughout most of his research is the development of predictive models from messy datasets, typically focused genomics. Ben received his PhD in 2016 in Computer Science at the University of Melbourne and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne.

Industrial research is all about conducting research within a company to develop new products, enhance existing ones, or identify new areas the company should pursue. The increasing amount of high-throughput biological data being generated in healthcare and life sciences, and the associated growth in companies trying to make use of this data, means that there is an increasing number of non-academic research roles available for bioinformaticians and computational biologists.

In this presentation, I’ll talk about my experience of being a bioinformatician at IBM Research Australia. I’ll provide an overview of my role and will describe a few of the projects that I’ve been involved in; some related to genomics, other less so. I’ll also describe some of the advantages and challenges of working in a large company rather than in academia will provide some insights that might be useful for those thinking about non-academic career paths.