Data Analysis and Engineering

Genomic Surveillance Unit

We are a team within the Genomic Surveillance Unit, we transform raw data into actionable public health insight by integrating, processing, curating and analysing genomic surveillance sequence data.

About us

We are a group of bioinformaticians, data scientists, and data engineers who create the software, data processing pipelines, analysis workflows, and reports that make genomic data available for public health decision making. A key driver for our team is the delivery of actionable data in real time, and we are passionate about creating efficient, reliable and well-engineered products and processes.

Our work

Our work spans bioinformatics, data curation, engineering, and analysis. We are product-oriented and our approach focuses on agile delivery. Working across surveillance streams and disease areas in the Genomic Surveillance Unit, we:

  • Develop and maintain robust, high-quality bioinformatics data-processing pipelines and apply them to large genomic datasets to deliver analysis-ready data to partners.
  • Perform in-depth analysis on genomic datasets to address questions posed by public health programmes, and drive methodological improvements of our laboratory and analytical workflows.
  • Collaborate in the creation of high-quality data resources (like Pf7 for malaria parasites) that are impactful for both public health and act as a foundation for discovery research.
  • Develop highly scalable tools and processes that import and standardise data from dozens of external sources, enabling seamless integration with sequence data generated by the GSU.
  • Develop efficient data upload tools and processes for submission of GSU data to key public genomic data repositories (e.g. the European Nucleotide Archive).

Core team

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Bruhad Dave


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Katherine Figueroa

Principal Bioinformatician

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Dr Matthew Forbes

Principal Bioinformatician

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Andrea Frick-Kretschmer

Senior Bioinformatician

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Tom Maddison


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Naga Morisetti

Principal Data Engineer

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Dr Frank Schwach

Principal Bioinformatician

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Mr Christiaan Gerhardus Viljoen

Principal Data Engineer

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Dr Antonio Marinho da Silva Neto

Senior Bioinformatician

Previous team members

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Dr Kim Judge


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Mr Simon Suddaby