Jimmy Breen

Dr Jimmy Breen

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

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


I am a Bioinformatician/Computational Biologist at the University of Adelaide with experience in plant genomics, ancient DNA, epigenetics and next-generation sequencing (NGS) analysis. I am currently lead the Bioinformatics Core team at the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and am group leader in Computational Biology at the Robinson Research Institute. I am also co-lecturer of the Master's level Bioinformatics unit (7005 - Bioinformatics and System Modelling) in the MSc Biotechnology course offered at the University of Adelaide.

My research aims to develop computational tools and methods to study the human genome and other model systems. I have a strong emphasis on identifying basic biological insights that can translate to diagnostic applications. My team works on a number of major projects and datasets, including;

- Studying the placental genome and identifying biomarkers to monitor placental abnormalities during pregnancy (led by Professor Claire Roberts at the Robinson Research Institute). This work is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA
- Clinical sequencing of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia patients for clinical treatment selection (led by SAHMRI Director of Cancer Research Professor Deborah White), as part of the Cancer Flagship project of the Australian Genome Health Alliance.
- Using multi-omics approaches to identifying candidate genes for Cerebral Palsy (led by Professor Jozef Gecz at the Robinson Research Institute), a project developed in part from an International Cerebral Palsy Genomics Consortium (ICPGC) collaboration.
- Identifying how 3D chromosome structure impacts gene regulation in immune system function. This work is led by Associate Professor Simon Barry at the Robinson Research Institute and is funded by an NHMRC Project grant.
- Genome-wide association scan of ~2,000 glaucoma patients. This work is led by Professor Jamie Craig at Flinders University.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Bioinformatics Core Team Leader South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
    2018 Research Leader in Computational Biology University of Adelaide
    2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2018 Bioinformatics Core Facility Manager University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2016 Senior Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2013 Bioinformatics Officer Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF)
    2009 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Zurich
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2006 - 2009 Murdoch University Australia PhD
    2000 - 2005 Murdoch University Australia BSc (honours)
  • Research Interests

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Investigation of miRNA Expression in Placenta and Maternal Plasma in Response to Pregnancy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Melanie Denise Smith
    2018 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of the Placental Transcriptome to Identify Molecular Signals of Pregnancy Complications Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Konstantinos Justinian Bogias
    2018 Co-Supervisor Long non-coding RNAS mediate hormone action and oocyte maturation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Doan Thao Dinh
    2017 Co-Supervisor Epigenome and transcriptome profiling of the placenta throughout gestation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Qianhui Wan
    2017 Co-Supervisor Major Evolutionary Adaptive Events in Brassicaceous Plants and Their Insect Hosts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christopher Michael Ward
    2017 Principal Supervisor Investigating Three Dimensional Chromosome Structure in Regulatory T Cells using High-Resolution Chromosome Conformation Capture Assays Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ning Liu
    2015 Co-Supervisor Cereal Domestication and the Evolution of grasses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Oscar Andres Estrada Santamaria
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Omic Characterisation of Placental Development and Phenotype Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin Thomas Mayne
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Climate-Driven Ecological Changes Through the Last Glacial Period: Innovations in Plant Ancient DNA and Stable Isotope Palaeoecology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tim Rabanus-Wallace
  • Phone: 83139228
  • Email: jimmy.breen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Room: WS6071.04
  • Org Unit: Robinson Research Institute

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