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At the frontier of tomorrow’s medicine: using big data to understand ageing and disease

12 November 2019
Meet Australian researchers who use stem cells to advance our understanding of how the body develops and what happens during disease.

Associate Professor Jessica Mar is a group leader at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland. 

Her lab focusses on developing and using statistical models to interrogate data from stem cells to understand what happens during ageing and disease, and to understand the genetic variability in populations of cells. 

Research Fellow Dr Atefeh Fard identifies and studies genetic markers that drive the ageing process and confer disease. This information will help researchers explore how to halt progression of these diseases. 

The increased availability of big data sets, coupled with the speed at which sequencing technologies have advanced, have created an exciting environment for computational biology research. 

Listen to Jess and Ati, as they share an insight into their research, the importance of communication in the lab and their advice to young students who are interested in science and want to get a foot in the door.


Australian stem cell researchers are making important discoveries in the lab, that will move research outcomes towards clinical applications. Watch their videos.