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Dr Anders Gonçalves da Silva

Dr Anders Gonçalves da Silva

Dr Anders Gonçalves da Silva

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Computational Evolutionary Biologist (Bioinformatician)
Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections, Enteric infections
Genomics, Public Health
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Laboratory

Dr Anders Gonçalves da Silva is a computational evolutionary biologist, with skills in evolutionary biology, population genetics, bioinformatics and data analysis. Anders works primarily as a bioinformatician in the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL), developing tools for the analysis of bacterial genomes and analysing diverse bacterial genomic data to answer a variety of questions of interest to the laboratory.

  • Key Achievements
    • Anders completed his PhD in 2007 at Columbia University in the US and has six years’ experience working with large genomic datasets across a variety of organisms. During his thesis, he investigated the effects of habitat fragmentation on gene flow across a community of mammals in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. He worked for three years at the CSIRO, where he helped develop an Illumina SNP chip for the endangered deep-sea fish orange roughy, generating genotypic data that has contributed to the new orange roughy conservation program. While at Monash University, he investigated the genetic basis for host-switching in wildlife malaria. He continues to have an interest in genetic mechanisms that facilitate host-switching.