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Feilman Fellow; Program Head, Precision Health and Team Lead, Computational Biology

BSc (Hons) MSc PhD

Available for supervision

Timo Lassmann, B.Sc. Biotechnology (1999), MSc Bioinformatics (2001), PhD functional genomics (2006), Karolinska Institute Sweden, has a major interest in computational biology and genomics.

During his PhD he published a series of innovative algorithms to analyze biological sequences still heavily used to this day (6 first author papers; cited 1000+ times; median 135 times). In parallel, he led the data analysis in several collaborative studies involving laboratory groups. Finally he contributed to the PFAM consortium, a self-updating database of protein domain families.

In 2006 he moved to RIKEN, Japan, where he transitioned into leadership roles in the international Functional ANnotation of The Mammalian Genome - FANTOM4 (3x Nature Genetics, 2009) and FANTOM5 project (3x Nature, 2014 - 2017, Science 2015). He managed a team of 4-8 staff to perform all primary data analysis tasks on these large projects involving 250 collaborators and thousands of datasets. Between 2009 - 2012 he was a lead analyst in the ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project (2x Nature, 2012). At RIKEN he also led a small but productive algorithm development team and an industrial collaboration unit. He is still actively involved in the next iteration of the FANTOM project focussed on deciphering the role of non-coding elements in the human genome.

In 2014, Timo Lassmann was appointed as the head of computational biology at the Telethon Kids Institute, Australia. The focus of his research lab is to re-purpose big “omics” data in translational projects to improve the well-being of children suffering from cancers and rare diseases. In 2017 he was appointed the leader of the Genetics and Rare Disease program, initiated a precision medicine project and was awarded the Feilman Fellowship in genomics. 

He is now the Program Head of the Precision Health team.

In total Timo published 90+ publications in peer reviewed journals, which are cited 25963 times with a h-index of 39 (as reported by google scholar).


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