Rory Bowden-Lab team

Rory Bowden-Lab team

Our laboratory is highly collaborative. As one of WEHI’s key core technology platforms, we work alongside the other scientists in the Advanced Technology and Biology Division and with researchers from across WEHI. We have international backgrounds and experience at some of the world’s leading scientific and medical research institutes.  

We aim to establish a centre of excellence for broad-based genomics in Melbourne. We are expanding our team to provide access to a full range of advanced sequencing platforms, collaborative execution of genomics projects and cutting-edge technologies.

If you are interested in working in any aspect of genomics, from sequencing to analysis, advanced genomics or innovation, please get in touch by email and find advertised positions on the WEHI jobs page


Lab team

Casey Anttila, Research Assistant, BBiomedSci (Hons) Newcastle PhD Newcastle 

Specialty: cell sorting, single-cell and spatial omics 

Key publication: Kathryn S Potts, Alison Farley, Caleb A Dawson, Joel Rimes, Christine Biben, Carolyn de Graaf, Margaret A Potts, Olivia J Stonehouse, Amandine Carmagnac, Pradnya Gangatirkar, Emma C Josefsson, Casey Anttila, Daniela Amann-Zalcenstein, Shalin Naik, Warren S Alexander, Douglas J Hilton, Edwin D Hawkins, Samir Taoudi. Membrane budding is a major mechanism of in vivo platelet biogenesis. J Exp Med. 2020 Sep 7;217(9):e20191206 PMID: 32706855 


Tracey Baldwin, Research Assistant,  BAppSc (Applied Biology / Biotechnology) RMIT

Specialty: single-cell and high-throughput omics

Key publication: Mark D McKenzie, Margherita Ghisi, Ethan P Oxley, Steven Ngo, Luisa Cimmino, Cécile Esnault, Ruijie Liu, Jessica M Salmon, Charles C Bell, Nouraiz Ahmed, Michael Erlichster, Matthew T Witkowski, Grace J Liu, Michael Chopin, Aleksandar Dakic, Emilia Simankowicz, Giovanna Pomilio, Tina Vu, Pavle Krsmanovic, Shian Su, Luyi Tian, Tracey M Baldwin, Daniela A Zalcenstein, Ladina DiRago, Shu Wang, Donald Metcalf, Ricky W Johnstone, Ben A Croker, Graeme I Lancaster, Andrew J Murphy, Shalin H Naik, Stephen L Nutt, Vitek Pospisil, Timm Schroeder, Meaghan Wall, Mark A Dawson, Andrew H Wei, Hugues de Thé, Matthew E Ritchie, Johannes Zuber, Ross A Dickins. Interconversion between Tumorigenic and Differentiated States in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Cell Stem Cell. 2019 Aug 1;25(2):258-272.e9 PMID: 31374198


Daniel Brown, Research Officer, BSc (Hons) Auckland PhD Melbourne 

Specialty: genomics R&D


Peter Hickey, Senior Research Officer - Lead Bioinformatician, BSc (Hons) Melbourne PhD Melbourne 

Specialty: bioinformatics, statistics, single-cell and functional genomics 

Key publication: Lindsay F Rizzardi, Peter F Hickey, Varenka Rodriguez DiBlasi, Rakel Tryggvadóttir, Colin M Callahan, Adrian Idrizi, Kasper D Hansen, Andrew P Feinberg. Neuronal brain-region-specific DNA methylation and chromatin accessibility are associated with neuropsychiatric trait heritability. Nat Neurosci. 2019 Feb;22(2):307-316. PMID: 30643296


William Ho, Senior Research Officer - Bioinformatician, BSc (Hons) PolyU Hong Kong MPhil CUHK Hong Kong Dr. rer. nat. Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology  

Specialty: transcriptomics, cellular and multi-omics

Key publication: William Wing Ho Ho, Camilla B Hill, Monika S Doblin, Megan C Shelden, Allison van de Meene, Thusitha Rupasinghe, Antony Bacic, Ute Roessner. Integrative Multi-omics Analyses of Barley Rootzones under Salinity Stress Reveal Two Distinctive Salt Tolerance Mechanisms. Plant Commun. 2020 Feb 13;1(3):100031. PMID: 33367236  


Stephen Wilcox, Platform Manager (Genomics Platforms),  BSc (Hons) Sussex PhD La Trobe 

Specialty: sequencing platforms and methods

Key publication: Lucas G Huggins, Anson V Koehler, Dinh Ng-Nguyen, Stephen Wilcox, Bettina Schunack, Tawin Inpankaew, Rebecca J Traub. A novel metabarcoding diagnostic tool to explore protozoan haemoparasite diversity in mammals: a proof-of-concept study using canines from the tropics. Sci Rep. 2019 Sep 2;9(1):12644. PMID: 31477800


Daniela Zalcenstein, Platform Manager (Genomics Projects), MEng Giessen PhD Rehovot 

Specialty: cellular and functional genomics 

Key publication: Daniela Amann-Zalcenstein, Luyi Tian, Jaring Schreuder, Sara Tomei, Dawn S Lin, Kirsten A Fairfax, Jessica E Bolden, Mark D McKenzie, Andrew Jarratt, Adrienne Hilton, Jacob T Jackson, Ladina Di Rago, Matthew P McCormack, Carolyn A de Graaf, Olivia Stonehouse, Samir Taoudi, Warren S Alexander, Stephen L Nutt, Matthew E Ritchie, Ashley P Ng, Shalin H Naik. Nat Immunol. 2020 Dec;21(12):1574-1584 PMID: 33077975