Skills

R

100%

Statistics

100%

Data Visualisation

100%

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
February 2019 – Present
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Royal Society-Newton International Fellow, Research Associate

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

University of Cambridge, CB2 0RE, United Kingdom
 
 
 
 
 
September 2017 – January 2019
Sydney, Australia

Research Associate

The University of Sydney

Judith and David Coffey Life Lab, Charles Perkins Centre
School of Mathematics and Statistics
 
 
 
 
 
May 2017 – August 2017
Sydney, Australia

Research Associate

The University of Sydney

School of Life and Environmental Science (SOLES)
 
 
 
 
 
March 2013 – November 2016
Sydney, Australia

Postgraduate Teaching Fellow

The University of Sydney

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Software

I have experience with developing R Shiny applications as well as writing R packages. These include:

  • DCARS Differential Correlation across Ranked Samples: DCARS is a flexible statistical approach which uses local weighted correlations to build a powerful and robust statistical test to identify significant variation in levels of concordance across a ranking of samples. This has the potential to discover biologically informative relationships between genes across a variable of interest, such as survival outcome.

  • cellAggregator R package Shiny app: cellAggregator is a Monte Carlo network method that simulates cell-cell aggregation assays in silico.

  • PACMEN PAn Cancer Mutation Expression Networks: A tool for exploring the relationships between mutations and gene expression changes in protein interaction subnetworks for 19 tissues analysed by TCGA.

  • KinasePA: Enables analysis of kinase perturbation experiments using directional pathway analysis.

Grants

The University of Sydney 2015 Educational Innovation Grant #15030 Improving Statistical Efficacy through Engaged Enquiry and Student-Driven Research in a large First Year Unit. Educational Innovation Grant - Round 1 ($6,625). Project leader: Dr Di Warren.

Awards and Scholarships

  • 2018 Oz Single Cells Data Analysis Challenge: “Utilising ambient RNA and damaged cell profiles for appropriate cell selection in droplet-based single cell transcriptomics” ($250).
  • 2016 2nd Oral Prize at AB3ACBS Conference ($100).
  • 2016 SSAI NSW Branch Travel Grant to attend the Australian Statistical Conference in December 2016 ($750).
  • 2015 2nd Poster Prize at COMBINE Symposium ($75).
  • 2015 SSAI NSW Branch Travel Grant to attend Young Statisticians Conference in February 2015 ($500).
  • 2014 University of Sydney Faculty of Science grant to attend EMBL Australia PhD Symposium ($100).
  • 2013 Successful application to attend the EMBL Australia PhD Course (accommodation and meal costs paid for).
  • 2013 AMSI Travel Scholarship for BioInfoSummer 2013 ($750).
  • 2013 CSIRO OCE PhD Scholarship (Stipend $7,000 p.a. for three years, total $21,000 with operating expense $10,000 p.a., total $30,000).
  • 2013 University of Sydney School of Mathematics and Statistics PRSS Funding (Total $950).
  • 2013 Australian Postgraduate Award ($28,715 p.a. for three years and six months).
  • 2012 CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics, and Statistics (CMIS) Honours Scholarship ($3,000).
  • 2008 Higher School Certificate All-Round Achievers’ Award.

Presentations

  • Invited Presentation and workshop at the upcoming BioInfoSummer in December 2018
  • Invited Oral presentation at ComBio2018 meeting in September 2018.
  • Oral presentation at the RECOMB Computational Cancer Biology satellite meeting in April 2018.
  • Oral presentation at the Sydney Bioinformatics Research Symposium in June 2017.
  • Oral presentation at the Australian Statistical Conference in December 2016.
  • Oral presentation at The University of Sydney Postgraduate Cancer Symposium in December 2016.
  • Oral presentation at the Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society (ABACBS) Conference in November 2016.
  • Seminar presented to The University of Sydney Regenerative Neuroscience Group in October 2016.
  • Oral presentation at International Conference of Bioinformatics (INCOB) in September 2016.
  • Seminar presented to the University of Sydney Statistical Bioinformatics Research group in September 2016.
  • Presented a 5 minute outreach talk on current melanoma research to a group of young professionals at Vibewire’s FastBreak event on 27 May 2016.
  • Oral presentation at Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference in San Francisco, USA, in January 2016.
  • Conducted a workshop in Classification in R at BioInfoSummer in Sydney in December 2015.
  • Oral presentation at the JB Douglas Awards in November 2015.
  • Oral presentation at the Young Statisticians Conference in Adelaide in February 2015.
  • Poster at the 2014 International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB) in Melbourne in September 2014.
  • Poster at the 2013 Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AMATA) Conference in Gold Coast QLD.
  • Oral presentation at the 2012-2013 CSIRO Vacation Scholarship Big Day In in Sydney.
  • Oral presentation for the 2011-2012 Charles Perkins Centre Summer Vacation Scholarship in Sydney.

Professional Experience

  • Attended Mentoring and Guidance in Careers Workshop (MAGIC) in October 2018. This was a week-long workshop with a competitive application process for mentoring of female and gender diverse early career researchers in Mathematics and Physics.
  • Attended Charles Perkins Centre EMCR workshop on ‘Manuscripts and Grant Reviewing’ in June 2018.
  • Present a talk at The University of Sydney Faculty of Science Higher Degree by Research Supervisor Forum: Supervising 21st Century Style: New Challenges and Opportunities in June 2018.
  • Volunteer for University of Sydney Open Day August 2017.
  • Executive member of the COMBINE student and early-career researcher organisation in 2017, part of the COMBINE National Committee Media and Communications team.
  • Member of organising committee for COMBINE Student Symposium in October 2016.
  • Student member of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI) since November 2013.
  • Chaired a session at the COMBINE Symposium in October 2015.
  • Volunteer for University of Sydney Open Day August 2015.
  • Presented a talk at School of Mathematics and Statistics ‘Thank You to Teachers’ evening in August 2015.
  • Completed ‘High Performance Computing Intermediate Training’ at University of Sydney in March 2015.
  • Volunteer for University of Sydney Info Day January 2014.
  • Participated in the inaugural EMBL Australia PhD Course, a two week intensive course on molecular biology and bioinformatics held at the University of Melbourne in June 2013.
  • Involved in the CSIRO Vacation Scholarship Program from January to March 2013.
  • Involved in the Charles Perkins Centre Summer Vacation Scholarship Program from December 2011 to February 2012.
  • Volunteer for School Tutoring Program at the University of Sydney in 2009.

Research Supervision

2018 Summer Research Scholarship Student: ‘Establish an interactive visualisation platform to facilitate clinical research in chronic kidney disease’, supervision under guidance by Professor Jean Yang and Professor Germaine Wong.

2017 BINF3101 Bioinformatics Project Unit of Study: ‘Analysis of gene expression, protein interactions and mutations to determine candidate genes for clinically targetable therapeutics’, joint supervision with Professor Jean Yang.

Teaching

I have extensive experience in aspects of teaching such as:

  • Lecturing statistics in the following subjects:

    • MATH1005 Statistics (S2 2015, S2 2016, Winter School 2014, 2015 ) ~300 students per stream, ~80-100 Winter.
    • PHAR1811 Foundations of Pharmacy (S1 2014, S1 2015) ~280 students each year.
    • STAT2911 Probability and Statistical Models (Advanced) (S1 2015) – lectures on parametric bootstrap and conditional expectation (~40 students).
  • Computer demonstrations using R statistical software.

  • Duty tutoring involving helping students for any first-year mathematics and statistics unit (S1 2013, S2 2013, S1 2014).

  • Designing and marking final exams, assignments and quizzes.

  • Subjects tutored vary in topic and difficulty:

    • STAT3014 Applied Statistics (S2 2013, S2 2014);
    • STAT3012 Applied Linear Models (S1 2016);
    • STAT2911 Probability and Statistical Models (Advanced) (S1 2015);
    • STAT2011 Statistical Models (S1 2015, S1 2017);
    • STAT2012 Statistical Tests (S2 2014);
    • PHAR2813 Therapeutic Principles (S1 2014, S1 2016);
    • PHAR2821 Drug Discovery and Design B (S2 2013, S2 2014, S2 2016);
    • MATH1905 Statistics (Advanced) (S2 2014);
    • PHAR1811 Foundations of Pharmacy (S1 2014);
    • MATH1005 Statistics (S2 2012, S2 2013, Winter School 2014, Winter School 2015, S2 2015, S2 2016);
    • MATH1015 Biostatistics (S1 2013, S1 2014);
    • MATH1011 Applications of Calculus (S1 2012, Summer School 2014, Summer School 2017, S1 2017);
    • MATH1111 Introduction to Calculus (S1 2013, S1 2014).

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