Wai Low

Dr Wai Low

Grant-Funded Researcher (C)

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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


I have more than 9 years post-doctoral experience in academia, mainly in genomics and bioinformatics. I have expertise in analysing genomic data of a diverse range of bovine species such as cattle, water buffalo and gaur, which has resulted more than 40 research publications, including multiple papers in Nature Communications and Nature. I have edited 2 books, authored 2 book chapters and has an international patent. One of my Nature Communications papers described a high-quality water buffalo reference genome that was the most contiguous mammalian reference genome at the time of publication. This paper has received substantial online attention and was featured as a news feed item by the Roslin Institute, a world leader in animal research, and by Pacific Biosciences, a key company innovating in the field of long-read sequencing. I have created the first indicine cattle (Brahman) reference genome and played a key role in the creation of more cattle pan-genomes through my affiliation with the Bovine Pangenome Consortium. Please get in touch with me if you wish to pursue advanced studies in bioinformatics.

I am currently a Bioinformatics Data Scientist at Davies Research Centre, University of Adelaide. My research interests are in the areas of next generation sequencing (NGS) technology, genome assembly, gene annotation, molecular evolution, transcriptomics, comparative genomics and metagenomics. The species I have worked on include fly, worm, human, primate, bacteria, water buffalo and cattle. I have authored/co-authored research articles at internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals and I have presented my work at numerous international conferences. I am a co-author of two patents related to the important discovery and genomic analyses of a probiotic bacteria. I have also written a practical handbook on NGS and regularly contributing to a bioinformatics website (https://bioinformaticshome.com).

A case control study to discover systemic gut microbiome changes in spinal muscular atrophy. (2016 - ongoing) Funded by the Malaysian Medical Association Foundation. Role: Principal Investigator

Post-transcriptional gene regulation in RNA-granules (2010 – 2013) Funded by National Health and Medical Research Council. Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Using comparative genomics to identify genes responsible for adaptation to environmental toxins (Discovery Projects) (2005 – 2008) Funded by Australia Research Council. Role: PhD student.

Taught Biostatistics, Genetics and Molecular Evolution to post-graduate students at Perdana University (Sep 2014 – Jan 2017).

Senior Lecturer and Head of Biotechnology undergraduate program at the Manipal International University (Aug 2013 – Sep 2014). Taught Computational Biology and Genetics to undergraduate students and prepared documents in compliance with Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Whole-genome sequencing of Philippine Swamp Buffalo Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Paulene Santos Pineda
    2020 Principal Supervisor Deciphering 3D Genome Structure of Ruminants using Machine Learning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Callum Macphillamy
    2019 Co-Supervisor Antimicrobial resistance in Escherichia coli and enterococci isolated from beef cattle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Yohannes Equar Messele
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Investigation of the molecular pathogenesis of newly emerged Newcastle disease virus in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohammad Rabiei
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (C)
  • Phone: 83130030
  • Email: wai.low@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: J.S. Davies, floor G
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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