Note: people move around and some of these links may break from time to time. Please report any broken links so that we can update them! The undergrad list currently only covers UNSW: any other former lab members (inc. students) who want to be listed, please get in touch!


Åsa Pérez-Bercoff joined the group in April 2015 from ANU. Her main project was the ARC Linkage Grant with Microbiogen Pty Ltd studying the evolution of novel metabolic functions. She studied the evolution of yeast populations and how they have evolved certain metabolic pathways. Åsa used nextgen sequencing, PacBio long-read SMRT sequencing and RNA-Seq data to assemble and annotate yeast strains, identify variants, track their evolution and study differences in gene expression between strains and/or growth conditions.

Dr Ranjeeta Menon worked on molecular mimicry in viruses from February-December 2014. Ranjeeta did her undergraduate and Masters studies in India before completing a PhD in bioinformatics at Macquarie University. Prior to joining the lab, she worked as a Research Associate in the Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW.

Dr Nicolas Palopoli was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton and contributes to the Structural Bioinformatics Group at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. Nico was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on a warm November afternoon in 1982. He studied Biotechnology at Universidad Nacional de Quilmes where he also received his PhD title and started training as a Computational Biologist. After completing an 8-month stay at the Bologna Biocomputing Group and having worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Protein Physiology Lab, he joined the Edwards' Lab in Southampton in 2012 and was with us until late 2014. We look forward to collaborating with Nico in his new position in Argentina. Click here for more information. [Twitter]

Dr Kieren Lythgow. Former postdoc working on QSLiMFinder.

Research associates

Carla Aguilar Gomez was a visiting researcher in the lab from May to July 2019, working on SLiM prediction from cross-linking mass spectrometry data in yeast. Carla left the lab to move to Austria for a PhD in biotechnology.


Katarina Stuart joined the Rollins Lab in February 2018 with the Edwards Lab as her second home. Her PhD used genomics to investigate evolution in the European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris), particularly in respect to the population genetics of their invasion of Australia.

Sobia Idrees joined the Edwards Lab in January 2016. Her PhD was focused on the bioinformatic prediction of molecular mimicry in human viruses.

Kirsti Paulsen joined the Edwards Lab as an MPhil student in July 2017. Kirsti’s project evaluated the use of intrinsic disorder predictors for short linear motif discovery.

Ziying Zhang was a visiting Masters student, who joined the lab at the end of October 2018 for six months. She worked on genome size prediction from kmer profiles.

Joe Jenkins. Former PhD student with the Taylor Lab in Southampton, investigating the effect of biochar addition to soil microbiomes.

Andreas Johansson was a co-supervised PhD student in the lab of Tom Bibby at the University of Southampton. He worked on transcriptome and phenotypic analysis of interesting algae with possible biofuel applications.

Dr Alex Watson-Lazowski. Former PhD student with the Taylor Lab in Southampton, using RNA-Seq to study a non-model species, Plantago lanceolata, from a naturally occurring high CO2 site to identify any potential adaptions or acclimations being driven by elevated CO2.

Dr Suzie Milner. Former PhD student with the Taylor Lab in Southampton, working on drought tolerance in poplar.

Ben Ient. Former MPhil student working on C. elegans as a model for ethanol addiction.

Dr Norman Davey. Former postgrad with Denis Shields in Dublin and long-term SLiMSuite collaborator.


Cadel Watson is a CSE student who completed Honours in the Edwards lab in Term 1, 2021. Cadel worked on the prediction of ultraconserved elements (UCEs) in eukaryotic genomes, and their application to genome assembly.

Anissa Benkaza started in the lab as a final year genetics student in the School of BABS, volunteering to annotate snake venom proteins as part of the BABS Genome Project. She later went on to complete 2020-21 Honours in the lab, co-supervised by Dr Emily Oates, looking at the Titin interactome and how it might be mined to identify new candidate muscle-disease-causing genes.

Jack Clarke was a 2020 Honours student in Genetics. His project was analysing the BABS Genome Project genomes to investigate the role of tandem gene duplications in snake venom evolution.

Gus Severin was a 2017 Honours student in Genetics. Gus worked with Åsa Pérez-Bercoff on the ARC Linkage Grant with Microbiogen Pty Ltd. The focus of Gus’s project was to use genomics and selection experiments to identify key genetic differences between a xylose-metabolising yeast strain of interest and “wild-type” lab strains that cannot grow on xylose. Gus graduated with First Class Honours and joined Microbiogen as a staff scientist. He is now back at UNSW, doing a PhD with Dominic


Paris Thompson was an advanced science student at UNSW majoring in Genetics and Microbiology in her final trimester of undergrad coursework. She joined the lab to work on yeast genomics as a Biomolecular Science Laboratory Project (BABS3301).

Yvette Aw. 2017 Summer Vacation Research Scholarship (SVRS) student, working with Sobia on molecular mimicry. Yvette’s project was trialling some of the approaches used for viral-host interactions on bacterial host-pathogen interaction data.

Peter Santosa. 3rd year Advance Science student who worked in the lab in January-February 2017 on the Summer Vacation Research Scholarship (SVRS). Peter was working on a bacterial sequencing project in collaboration with Mike Manefield at UNSW.

Jiehao Wang. Second year BABS intern and Summer Vacation Research Scholarship student, working on our comparative yeast genomics project.

Tara McDonnell. 2016 Summer research vacation scholarship student, working on SLiM enrichment in the protein-protein interaction (PPI) partners of 14-3-3 proteins.

Aran Sandrasegaran. 2015 Summer research vacation scholarship student, working on protein-protein interaction motifs in KLF and SP family transcription factors.

Kawai Lee. 2015 final year BABS3301 Research Project student investigating the use of SLiMFinder for identifying short linear motifs in which post-translational modifications are key residues.

Emily Olorin was a 2014 summer vacation research scholarship student and part-time research assistant, updating the SLiMScape App for the latest release of Cytoscape.

Eddie Ip. 2014 Summer research vacation scholarship student, working on motif enrichment in protein-protein interaction data.

Armella Zadoorian. 2014 Second year BABS intern working on protein-protein interaction motifs in cancer.

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