The Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre (PRBC) was established in 2008 as a joint venture between the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) and the University of South Australia through the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences.
The research being undertaken in the PBRC can readily be described as lying in the intersection of Biology, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Current questions that are being addressed fall into the three main categories of Phenomics and Plant Image Analysis, Phenomics and Biometrics (Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis), Mathematical and Computational Biology.
One of the primary undertakings of the PBRC is its research in biomathematics, biostatistics and bioinformatics to support the biological research being undertaken by ACPFG researchers in their quest for abiotic stress tolerant cereal plants.
The unique combination of technical skills in the centre and the centre’s focus makes the PBRC unique as a research concentration within UniSA. Indeed, it is largely unique in Australia.
The PBRC forms one of the four nodes of the ACPFG and receives support from numerous sponsors, including the Government of South Australia, the Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and the Australian Research Council.
Professor Terry Speed, FRS, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research
Professor Bob Anderssen, CMIS, CSIRO
Professor Rosemary Bailey, University of London
Mr Michael Gilbert, Managing Director, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
Acting PVC: Division ITEE - Associate Professor Brenton Dansie
Dean (Research): Division ITEE - Professor Rob Short
Director: Centre for Applied Psychological Research - Professor Maureen Dollard
Head of School: IT and Mathematical Sciences - Professor Andy Koronios
Director: PBRC - Professor Stan Miklavcic