DR Mark Schultz

DR Mark Schultz


  • Bacterial genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Evolutionary biology (Phylogeography, evolution of drug resistance)
  • Metagenomics



  • My principal research interests lie in understanding the evolution of drug resistance in bacteria as well as use of metagenomics as a tool for understanding microbiome dynamics of the built environment. Much of my work involves development and use of bioinformatics software (using bash, R and Python) for use in Linux based supercomputing environments. I am currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioinformatics at the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne. We use computational approaches to detect, characterise and resolve outbreaks for public and clinical health surveillance. In previous roles, I have worked as a postdoc in genomics and bioinformatics more generally and travelled on biological surveys as a marine and freshwater biologist to remote areas including Antarctica, Indonesia, Vietnam and New Guinea. An up-to-date list of my publications can be found at https://goo.gl/py55BT    


Member of

  • Australasian Genomics Technologies Association. Paid member 2015 - 2016


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Central Research Grants Scheme, Deakin, AUD15,000, 2011   


Education and training

  • PhD, Charles Darwin University 2009
  • BSc (Hons), Deakin University 1998
  • BSc, Deakin University 1996

Awards and honors

  • Trends in Parasitology prize for Best Collaborative Work at the 2011 Malaria in Melbourne conference, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Trends in Parasitology Journal, 2011



Available for supervision

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