Researcher

Associate Professor Mark Tanaka

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

About me

I am a mathematical and computational biologist at the University of New South Wales. My research interests include the evolution of bacteria and viruses, molecular epidemiology, and the population genetics of pathogens. I am also interested in cultural evolution and the interaction between behaviour and disease. My research group develops mathematical models and we use these models to make inferences from genetic and genomic data....view more

About me

I am a mathematical and computational biologist at the University of New South Wales. My research interests include the evolution of bacteria and viruses, molecular epidemiology, and the population genetics of pathogens. I am also interested in cultural evolution and the interaction between behaviour and disease. My research group develops mathematical models and we use these models to make inferences from genetic and genomic data. For more information about us please visit our lab website.

Education

  • PhD  Stanford University
  • BSc (Hons) University of Sydney

Awards

  • Future Fellowship (Australian Research Council) 2014-2018
  • Moran Medal, Australian Academy of Science (jointly with S. A. Sisson) 2011
  • QEII Fellowship (Australian Research Council) 2009-2013
  • Samuel Karlin Prize for PhD thesis, Stanford University
  • Charles Gilbert Heydon Scholarship, University of Sydney
  • Spencer Smith-White Prize, University of Sydney
  • University Medal, University of Sydney

Professional service roles and affiliations

  • Deputy Head of School and Research Director, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
  • PLoS Computational Biology, Associate Editor
  • Genetics Society of AustralAsia, Member
  • Evolution & Ecology Research Centre UNSW, Member

Selected research grants

  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Discovery Project 2017-2019, New models linking microbial natural history and molecular evolution. CIs: M. Tanaka and R. Lan
    • Linkage Project 2016-2018, Elucidating the genetic basis of newly evolved metabolic functions in yeast. CIs: R. Edwards, M. Wilkins, M. Tanaka, P. Attfield, P. Bell
    • Future Fellowship 2014-2018, How microbes build their environments through evolutionary feedback. CI: M. Tanaka
    • Discovery Project 2011-2013, Understanding mutation and genetic reassortment in viruses: New mathematical models of viral dynamics and evolution. CIs: M. Tanaka, P. White, K. Koelle, R. Regoes
    • Discovery Project 2009--2013, Mathematical models and bioinformatic analyses of bacterial genome evolution. CIs: M. Tanaka, A. Francis and R. Lan
    • Discovery Project 2005-2007, Evolutionary models and bioinformatic analyses of genetic variation in pathogens. CIs: M. Tanaka and A. Francis
  • National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    • Project Grant 2017-2019, Optimising temporal genomic surveillance of Salmonella infections in Australia. CIs: R. Lan, V. Sintchenko, M. Tanaka, S. Octavia
    • Project Grant 2017-2019, Assessing acellular pertussis vaccine effectiveness: integrating transmission models, genetics and cohort data to inform policy. CIs: J. Wood, M. Tanaka, R. Lan, P. McIntyre, H. Gidding, P. Campbell
    • Project Grant 2013-2015, Molecular epidemiology and high resolution surveillance of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium in Australia. CIs: R. Lan, V. Sintchenko, M. Tanaka, S. Octavia
  • Australian Academy of Science, Scientific Visits to Europe 2006. CI: M. Tanaka
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Location

Room: 138 Link Wing, Biological Sciences

Contact

(+61 2) 9385 2038
(+61 2) 9385 1483

Publications

by Associate Professor Mark Tanaka