Lab Head

Rich Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Originally from southern England, Rich trained a geneticist at the University of Nottingham before moving to Dublin, Ireland to become a full time bioinformatician in 2001. The lab was established in 2007 when Rich moved to Southampton, before moving to UNSW in 2013. Click here for more information.


Åsa Pérez-Bercoff joined the group in April 2015 from ANU. Her main project is the ARC Linkage Grant with Microbiogen Pty Ltd studying the evolution of novel metabolic functions. As such she studies the evolution of yeast populations and how they have evolved certain metabolic pathways. Åsa uses 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.


Sobia Idrees joined the Edwards Lab in January 2016. Her PhD is 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 is evaluating the use of intrinsic disorder predictors for short linear motif discovery.

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

Stephanie Chen joined the Edwards Lab as a PhD student in May 2019, co-supervised by Jason Bragg of the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust. Her PhD focuses on landscape genomics of Myrtaceae species (includes eucalypts, paperbarks, and tea-trees) and the genetic basis of resistance to myrtle rust, which is of pressing concern to Australia’s native biodiversity.


Anissa Benkaza is a final year genetics student in the School of BABS. She is volunteering in the lab to annotate snake venom proteins as part of the BABS Genome Project.


Please visit the Alumni page for former lab members.

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