Dr Eva Chan, BSc, PhD
Senior Research Officer
Head of Bioinformatics & Biostatistics within the Laboratory for Human Comparative and Prostate Cancer Genomics,
Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Dr Chan graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Bioinformatics in 2002 and completed a PhD in Computational Genetics and Genomics at the University of New South Wales in 2007. Dr Chan’s postdoctoral training was in the Department of Livestock Industries at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (QLD, Australia) and in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis (CA,USA). In 2009, Dr Chan took up a position as the Statistical Genetics Lead at the Vegetable Seeds Division of Monsanto Company, in California. In 2013, Dr Chan returned to Sydney where she is now a Senior Research Scientist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
Dr Chan’s principal research interest is in developing and applying statistical and bioinformatics approaches to better understand genetic and genomic variation. This has largely been driven by continued rapid advancements in high-throughput data generation technologies; the -omics era. Dr Chan’s early research focused on understanding the genetic architecture, and quantifying the natural diversity, of the transcriptome and metabolome. More recently the focus has been on linking measurable traits (phenotypes) with both the genotypes of individuals as well as genomic profiles of subpopulations. However, most recently her research has switched to investigating the diversity of human kind at the level of whole genomes and mitochondrial genomes, with aimed emphasis on elucidating the extent of variation within and between cell types, such as “normal” and cancer cells.