Dan Kortschak

Dan Kortschak

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dan is a bioinformatics researcher and scientific software engineer. He is the lead developer of the bíogo bioinformatics libraries for Go and a founder and lead developer of the Gonum scientific software project.

Dan's main interests are in the use of graphs and networks to address interesting biological questions and applying software engineering practices to software development in bioinformatics to improve reproducibility in research. His background in biology is in the areas of evolutionary biology and genomics.

Dan has been involved in teaching bioinformatics at the University of Adelaide since 2014 and runs an ad hoc CaRST-approved course in using the Git version control system.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Identification of Structural Variation with Long Reads Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Carey Samuel Dessaix
    2019 Co-Supervisor Computational analysis of genome sequencing to understand structural variation Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Joseph McConnell
    2018 Co-Supervisor Structural variation in complex genomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Mani Ghani Poor Samami
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Bioinformatics in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Potential Anti-Cancer Mechanisms of Compound Kushen Injection (CKI) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hanyuan Shen
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Molecular Mechanisms of Natural Compounds: Compound Kushen Injection (CKI) in Cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Thazin Nwe Aung
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Impact of Transposable Elements on Amniote Evolution Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lu Zeng
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Research on Compound Kushen Injection (CKI): Anti-cancer Mechanism Pathway/Network structure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jian Cui
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Jumping the Fine LINE Between Species: Horizontal Transfer and Evolution of Repetitive Elements in Eukaryotic Species Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Atma Maria Ivancevic
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Evolution of mammalian genome architecture through retrotransposition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Reuben Mackenzie Buckley
    2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Functional analysis of repeat regions in the eukaryotic genomes Master of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Master Full Time Miss Lu Zeng

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