How cloud computing has changed research and collaborations

Dr Denis Bauer

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Written by: Liang Zheng
6 Jun 2023


Denis Bauer
Denis Bauer

Time: 1:30pm-3pm, Tuesday 6 June 2023

Location: Innovation Space, Level 2, Birch Building 35


Cloud computing has had a transformative effect on many sectors and research has been no exception. The transformational bioinformatics group at CSIRO has been one of the first research groups to adopt the “cloud-first” mindset, enjoying the subsequent benefits of scaling to bigger datasets and global reach by offering novel analysis algorithms as user-friendly webservices.

Contributing to globally connected health research through automated deployment (Infrastructure-as-code) and linking in with other cloud-native offerings enables fundamentally new health solutions. Specifically, this talk outlines how we scale up machine learning methods to identify novel Alzheimer’s disease genes in the world’s largest dataset, enable DNA queries in population-scale cohorts with quintillion data-points in real time, and track emerging strains of COVID-19 across distributed data sources to stay ahead of the pandemic.


Dr Denis Bauer is a government research scientist, adjunct professor at Macquarie University and an AWS Hero. Her unique approach of joining cloud-computing with deep biological domain knowledge translates research into impactful products that have been used for disease gene detection in Motor Neuron Disease and the COVID-19 vaccine development. She contributes to open-source software projects and advisory committees, as well as keynotes international IT and Medical conferences. She was recognized as Brilliant Women in Digital Health 2021 and Women in AI 2022. She has attracted more than $41M in funding to further life-science research and digital health.



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