Coding the future: next-gen bioinformatic tools for nanopore data

Project Details

Oxford Nanopore long-read sequencing is a cutting-edge approach with a number of unique features, including the real time sequencing of DNA or native RNA without the read length limits of traditional sequencing technologies. In addition, nanopore sequencing has extreme portability (take the sequencer to the sample) and can also detect nucleic acid base-modifications. This combination of unique attributes allows the use of nanopore sequencing in many novel (as well as existing) applications. Our lab has developed several new tools and applications for nanopore sequencing but there is much more that could be done to enable gene expression analysis, data visualisation, single cell sequencing and more. The opportunity exists for a student interested in bioinformatics or computational biology to develop new applications for nanopore sequencing to help address previously intractable biological questions.


Matt Richie, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Aus
Heejung Shim, University of Melbourne, Aus
Christine Wells, University of Melbourne, Aus

Research Publications

You, Y, Clark MB*, Shim H*.(2022). NanoSplicer: Accurate identification of splice junctions using Oxford Nanopore sequencing. Bioinformatics. btac359 (*Corresponding authors).

Gleeson J, Leger A, Prawer YDJ, Lane TA, Harrison PJ, Haerty W, Clark MB. (2022). Accurate expression quantification from nanopore direct RNA sequencing with NanoCount. Nucleic Acids Res. 50: e19

Research Group

Faculty Research Themes

Cancer, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Cancer in Biomedicine, Biomedical Neuroscience, Stem Cells, Systems Biology, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

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Department / Centre

Anatomy and Physiology

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