About us

About us

The Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre (PRBC) was established in 2008 as a joint venture between the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) and the University of South Australia.

The research being undertaken in the PBRC can readily be described as lying in the intersection of Biology, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Current questions that are being addressed fall into the three main categories of Phenomics and Plant Image Analysis, Phenomics and Biometrics (Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis), Mathematical and Computational Biology.

One of the primary undertakings of the PBRC is its research in biomathematics, biostatistics and bioinformatics to support the biological research being undertaken by researchers in their quest for abiotic stress tolerant cereal plants.

The unique combination of technical skills in the centre and the centre’s focus makes the PBRC unique as a research concentration within UniSA. Indeed, it is largely unique in Australia.

The PBRC is part of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate.

The PBRC receives support from numerous sponsors, including the Government of South Australia and the Australian Research Council.

Advisory board

External members

Professor Bob Anderssen, CMIS, CSIRO
Professor Rosemary Bailey, University of St Andrews
Mr Michael Gilbert, Universtiy of Adelaide (Chair)
Professor Terry Speed, FRS, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research

Internal members

Dean (Research): Division ITEE - Professor Christopher Saint
Head of School: IT and Mathematical Sciences - A/Professor Brenton Dansie
Director: Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre - Professor Stan Miklavcic

Areas of study and research

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