Dr Bill Wilson: bridging the gap between biology and statistics
Dr Wilson is a molecular biologist turned bioinformatician who helps bridge the gap of understanding between statistical bioinformatics and molecular and cell biology.
20 November 2007 | Updated 14 October 2011
Dr Wilson is the Leader of Statistical Bioinformatics for Health stream of CSIRO's Mathematical and Information Sciences Division (CMIS).
He applies his expertise to projects where a knowledge of cell and molecular biology and bioinformatics is needed, including:
A recent research focus has been on the development and production of the Universal Vertebrate microarray.
This novel biotechnology platform will allow researchers working on organisms (preferably vertebrates) with no current genome sequence, to perform informative microarray experiments.
In conjunction with our multivariate data analysis tools, GeneRave, the Vertebrate array delivers molecular capabilities to research projects where there is an urgent need for high throughput molecular level platforms.
Through collaborations with researchers at Macquarie University, sydney, Australia, and the Australian National Wildlife Collection, we are developing novel analysis techniques for sequence space arrays, of which the Vertebrate microarray is just such an example.
During his doctoral studies in Sweden, Dr Wilson acquired experience in all aspects of cell and molecular biology, but also in bioinformatics, and even participated in the start up of a small biotech company.
Dr Wilson applies his expertise to projects where a knowledge of cell and molecular biology and bioinformatics is needed.
Dr Wilson became more involved in sequence analysis, and was one of the first to participate in data-mining of Celera's draft human genome assemblies, through a collaborative program with the biotech company Pharmacia.
This led to a postdoctoral position at the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, where he expanded his knowledge and skills in writing programs for data handling as well as integrating databased information and various forms of genomic sequence analyses.
As well as using bioinformatics as a research tool, Dr Wilson has been heavily involved in lecturing bioinformatics for various undergraduate courses at various universities in Sweden, and was involved in the bioinformatics core facility at the Karolinska Institute for a number of years.
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