The University of Western Australia has hired Ryan Lister to serve as a professor of computational biology.
In his new role, Lister will head his own research laboratory and will work closely with researchers at UWA's Centre of Excellence in Computational Systems Biology, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, and with the school of chemistry and biochemistry.
His research will involve using next-generation sequencing, genomic, biochemical, and computational techniques to investigate how complex epigenomic patterns in the genomes of mammals, social insects, and plants are established and modified. He will also examine how these patterns affect the cellular readout of the underlying genetic information, and develop molecular tools to specifically correct epigenomic dysfunction in diseases or to enhance plant growth.
Prior to moving to UWA, Lister worked at the Salk Institute, where he developed techniques for mapping epigenomes and used them to generate whole-genome high-resolution maps of DNA methylation in plant, human embryonic stem cells, and induced pluripotent adult stem cells.
Lister obtained a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and genetics and a doctorate in biochemistry from UWA