Prof Melanie Bahlo

Department Head
Population Health and Immunity
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Contract research opportunities

Bioinformatics, Genomics, Transcriptomics

Latest News

In 2018 the Bahlo lab:

  1. Published a survey of scRNAseq analysis methods for clustering (Freytag et al, F1000Research,
  2. Published identity-by-descent and selection signal detection method for haploid organisms with multiclonal isolates (e.g. Plasmodium) (Henden et al, PLOS Genetics, 2018 &
  3. Published detection method for repeat expansions using WES and WGS data (Tankard et al, AJHG &
  4. Started a collaboration with Dr Anna Coussens (WEHI), with Jacob Munro on TB WGS

Research Activities

Bahlo Lab works on bioinformatic analysis of high throughput sequencing data of human and non-human organisms, making use of familial and population level information. The emphasis is on statistical techniques that exploit high throughput data. We are interested in selection signatures and building classifiers in Malaria studies.


Bioinformatics, next-generation sequencing, SNP chips, DNA-seq, RNA-seq, scRNA-seq, statistical analysis, linkage mapping, GWAS


Prof Ivo Mueller
A/Prof Alyssa Barry
A/Prof Aaron Jex
Dr Sant-Rayn Pasricha
Dr Anna Coussens

Disease Models

Plasmodium falciparum
Plasmodium vivax
Homo sapiens

Genetically Modified Organisms


Other Lab Members

Dr Mark Bennett
Dr Haloom Rafehi
Jiru Han
Jacob Munro
Dr Liam Fearnley
Dr Victoria Jackson
Dr Brendan Ansell
Roberto Bonelli

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Upcoming Events

  • Feb 2

    Influenza Specialist Group Annual Meeting

    Park Royal Hotel, Melbourne Airport MORE INFO
  • Feb 19

    Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference 2020

    150 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne VIC 3232 MORE INFO
  • Feb 20

    19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases

    Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre MORE INFO