Dr. Denis Bauer


Dr. Denis Bauer is the team leader of the transformational bioinformatics team at Australia’s research agency, CSIRO. She has a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Queensland and held Post-doctoral appointments in biological machine learning at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and high-throughput genetics at the Queensland Brain institute. Her machine learning solutions for processing genomic and genome engineering Big Data efficiently have been featured in Blogs (AWS Jeff Barr, Databricks) as well as the international press (GenomeWeb, CIO magazine) and was included in ComputerWeekly’s “Top 10 IT stories of 2017”. She presented the Keynote at the 1500 attendee-strong YOW! 2017 conference series and is involved in national and international initiatives tasked to include genomic information into medical practice, funded with $200M. She has 31 peer-reviewed publications (14 as first or senior author) with 7 in journals of IF>8 (e.g. Nat Genet.) and H-index 12. To date she has attracted more than $6.5Million in funding as Chief investigator.

Session: How AI and ‘Big Learning’ transforms life science research
The talk showcases how genomic research has leapfrogged to the forefront of BigData and Cloud solutions. I outline how Apache Spark helps identify genomic association on population-scale whole genome sequencing data, as well as how the accuracy of genome editing approaches can be improved with massively parallel server-less cloud functions.