Dr Kim-Anh Le Cao

 - Associate Investigator

Research focus: Mathematical and statistical modelling of diverse and large biological data-sets to gain new insights into molecular mechanisms regulating biological processes

Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao’s research embraces a multidisciplinary approach, focussing on mathematical and statistical modelling of diverse and large biological datasets to gain new insights into the molecular mechanisms regulating biological processes. She has developed cutting-edge statistical and computational methods to integrate ‘omics datasets generated by a broad range of new frontier molecular technologies, and to interrogate these large datasets to answer complex biological questions. Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao is an expert in multivariate statistical methods and develops novel methods for ‘omics data integration. Since 2009, her team has been working on developing the R toolkit mixOmics dedicated to the integrative analysis of `omics' data to help researchers mine and make sense of biological data (

Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao graduated from her PhD in 2008 at the Université de Toulouse, France. She received an award for her PhD thesis in Applied Statistics by the French Statistical Society prize (triennial) in 2009.  Soon after her graduation she moved to Australia and was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland (UQ), then worked as Research Biostatistician at QFAB Bioinformatics. In 2014 Dr Lê Cao was hired at the biomedical research UQ Diamantina Institute and was awarded an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. In 2017, she joined the University of Melbourne, as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, and Melbourne Integrative Genomics that hosts biology-focussed researchers with strong statistical and computational skills.