Invited and keynote speakers

Dr Elisha M. Wood-Carlson

Title: Creating findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) online, biological systems data platforms that support sharing and attribution beyond publications.

Biography: Elisha M Wood-Charlson is part of the scientific community engagement teams for the US Department of Energy’s Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase, and the National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC, She has a PhD and 10+ years of experience as a microbial ecologist focused on host-microbe-virus interactions in the marine environment, including a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Since leaving the research bench, her career has focused on making data science around biological systems, microbiome data in particular, more efficient by facilitating effective collaborations, building trust in online communities, and developing shared ownership of the scientific process.

A/Pro Kim-Anh Lê Cao

Title: Omics data integration with multivariate analysis

Biography: Kim-Anh Lê Cao develops novel methods, software and tools to interpret big biological data and answer research questions efficiently. She is committed to statistical education to instill best analytical practice and has taught numerous statistical workshops for biologists and leads collaborative projects in medicine, fundamental biology or microbiology disciplines.

Kim-Anh has a mathematical engineering background and graduated with a PhD in Statistics from the Université de Toulouse, France. She then moved to Australia first as a biostatistician consultant at QFAB Bioinformatics, then as a research group leader at the biomedical University of Queensland Diamantina Institute. She currently is Associate Professor in Statistical Genomics at the University of Melbourne. In 2019, Kim-Anh received the Australian Academy of Science’s Moran Medal for her contributions to Applied Statistics in multidisciplinary collaborations. She has been part of leadership program for women in STEMM, including the international Homeward Bound which culminated in a trip to Antarctica, and Superstars of STEM from Science Technology Australia. More information about Kim-Anh’s research group: