Ellis Patrick

Identifying and interpreting signal in large complex biological data.

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney, a Faculty member at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the Cluster Lead of Bioinformatics in the Sydney Precision Data Science Centre.

My research interests lie at the interface of statistics and biomedical data science where I specialise in developing and implementing innovative bioinformatics tools to enhance our understanding and treatment of human diseases. I have cultivated an extensive collaborative network and apply my expertise in extracting meaning from cutting-edge high-dimensional molecular and cellular assays to enable research into infectious diseases, organ transplant, cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration, and cancer. The analytical challenges inherent in this disease-focused research necessitate the creation, evaluation, and sharing of advanced statistical methodology to support breakthrough discoveries.

In my postdoctoral studies, I worked as a computational biologist with joint appointments at Brigham and Women’s hospital, Harvard Medical School and The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where I used my statistical background to investigate the molecular drivers of Alzheimer’s disease and MS. My PhD thesis was on statistical methods for the analysis and interpretation of RNA-Seq data.