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A/PROF Mike Inouye


  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomic basis of complex disease
  • Statistical genomics
  • Systems biology



  • Biography
    Mike grew up in the Seattle area before beginning undergraduate study in 1999 at the University of Washington, where he later graduated with BSc's in biochemistry and economics. During this time, he was also introduced to computational genomics as the initial draft Human Genome was being finished, spending several years doing part-time research in gene finding and protein structure prediction. He continued studying biochemistry as a graduate student at UCLA but elected to return to genomics when he moved to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK) in 2005. While at Sanger, Mike completed his PhD with Prof Leena Peltonen (Sanger) and Prof Gert-Jan van Ommen (Leiden University) and was heavily involved in the first wave of genome-wide association studies, especially the statistical methods thereof. He also led large-scale efforts for the integrative analysis of molecular systems, identifying a gene co-expression network underlying metabolic traits. In 2010, Mike came to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne on an NHMRC postdoctoral fellowship to continue pursuing interests in genomics and systems biology. In 2012, he joined the faculty at the University of Melbourne. Outside of research, Mike enjoys playing soccer, brewing beer and hanging out in cafes.




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Education and training

  • PhD, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridgeshire 2010
  • MSc, University of California - Los Angeles 2005
  • BSc, University of Washington 2004
  • BSc, University of Washington 2004

Awards and honors

  • Paul Korner Innovation Award, National Heart Foundation, 2013
  • Young Investigator Award., International Congress of Human Genetics, 2011
  • Travel Fellowship., Harold Mitchell Foundation, 2011
  • NHMRC Early Career Researcher Awardee for Australian Academy of Science, Science at the Shine Dome., National Health and Medical Research Council, 2010
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship., National Health and Medical Research Council, 2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)., Australian Research Council, 2009
  • Mary Gates Scholar., University of Washington, 2003
  • Erling J. Ordal Undergraduate Research Award., University of Washington, 2002


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Supervision Statement

  • Interested Postdocs and PhD Students
    The group is always looking for talented postdocs and PhD/honours students. If, in reading about the group and browsing our publications, you are interested please do get in touch.

    The group is primarily a 'dry' laboratory (i.e. computational, no reagents or chemicals). We draw on many fields, which in practice means each member brings a unique mixture of skills and all are encouraged to work together. We have flexible working hours and are quite goal-oriented; when/where research is done is less important than, say, developing a new method to solve a problem or uncovering a disease gene. Mike is committed to training independent multi-disciplinary researchers who want to use genomics/systems biology/bioinformatics/biostatistics to alleviate disease.

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