Wai Low

Dr Wai Low

Bioinformatics Data Scientist

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences


I am currently a Bioinformatics Data Scientist at Davies Research Centre, University of Adelaide. Prior to this I was an Assistant Professor and Head of Products and Services at the Perdana University Centre for Bioinformatics (PU-CBi), which is under the School of Data Sciences. I obtained my Ph.D in Genetics from the University of Melbourne and did my postdoctoral fellowships at the Monash University. Currently, I am also taking a part-time graduate diploma in Biostatistics, which is a course delivered by the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).

My research interests are in the areas of next generation sequencing (NGS) technology, genome assembly, gene annotation, molecular evolution, comparative genomics, genetic disorders 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. Recently I have also written a practical handbook on NGS.

I also have experience in creating e-Learning educational contents in Biology, teaching bioinformatics, biostatistics and genetics to undergraduate/postgraduate students. Additionally, I was an invited speaker for two NGS workshops and I was also the main facilitator for a workshop on using R in biostatistics.

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, comparative genomics, genetic disorders 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. Recently I have also written a practical handbook on NGS.

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).

  • Position: Bioinformatics Data Scientist
  • Phone: 83130030
  • Email: wai.low@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: J.S. Davies, floor G
  • Room: G 03
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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