Curriculum vitae

Current position

Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Officer

Bioinformatics Group, Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program, Centenary Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney NSW
Working on alternative splicing dynamics and long-read sequencing technologies in mammalian brain and blood cell systems, under the guidance of Professor John Rasko.


Research higher degree (PhD) student: 2010 - March 2016

Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
Working on the activity-dependent changes in cellular RNA as a result of neuronal activity under the supervision of Dr. Ryan Taft. Co-supervised by A/Prof. Ernst Wolvetang, Dr. Cas Simons, and Professor John Mattick.

Specialist Degree in Biochemistry with a Major in Molecular Biology

Department of Molecular Biology, Biology Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University
Degree conferred with Highest Honours in June 2010


Lybæk H, de Bruijn D, Engelsman-van Dijk den AH, Vanichkina D, Nepal C, Brendehaug A, and Houge G (2013) RevSex duplication-induced and sex-related differences in the SOX9 regulatory region chromatin landscape in human fibroblasts. Epigenetics 9(3) pp. 416-427 doi:10.4161/epi.27474

Barry G, Briggs JA, Vanichkina DP, Poth EM, Beveridge NJ, Ratnu VS, Nayler SP, Nones K, Hu J, Bredy TW, Nakagawa S, Rigo F, Taft RJ, Cairns MJ, Blackshaw S, Wolvetang EJ, Mattick JS (2014). The long non-coding RNA Gomafu is acutely regulated in response to neuronal activation and involved in schizophrenia-associated alternative splicing. Molecular psychiatry 19(4): 486-94 doi: 10.1038/mp.2013.45


Student Poster Prize (February 2014) 35th Lorne Genome Conference, Lorne, Victoria 2014
3 Minute Thesis Competition – 1st place (August 2013) Institute For Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
ANZ Trustees Scholarship for Medical Research (2010 – 2013)
R.B. Khesin Award for Outstanding Junior Thesis (April 2009) Department of Molecular Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University


Data Carpentry Instructor, January 2016
Data Carpentry
Software Carpentry Instructor, July 2015
Data Carpentry
Graduate Teaching Assistant, October 2014
University of Queensland
Professional development and mentorship programme as part of which I received in-person and online training in evidence-based teaching practice, observed senion UQ academics, and was mentored by A/Professor Stuart Kellie in implementing what I learned in his BIOL2200 Cell Structure and Function course.
Uniquest Research Commercialisation Workshop, April 2013
Uniquest Pty Limited
Research Animal Training, February 2011
University of Queensland
EO Online: fair play on campus, March 2011
University of Queensland
PC2 Laboratory Safety, January 2011 - July 2015
University of Queensland


⚬ 35th Lorne Genome Conference, 2014 Ataxia-telangiectasia iPS-derived neuronal transcriptome Won student poster prize
⚬ Human Genome Meeting, 2012
33rd Lorne Genome Conference, 2012 Activity-dependent transcriptional dynamics in mouse cortical and human iPS – derived neurons
⚬ 14th International Pushchino School-Conference for Young Scientists “Biology – Science of the XXI century” 2010 A Novel Non-coding Human Transcript from Locus ATP4A-HAUS5 (Chr19)
⚬ XVII International student, postgraduate and young scientist conference “Lomonosov” 2010 Characterization of a Novel Transcript from Human Locus ATP4A-HAUS5 (Chr19)
XXII Winter School for Young Scientists "Promising Areas of Physico-chemical Biology and Biotechnology" 2010 Characterization of a Novel Transcript from Human Locus ATP4A-KIAA0841 (Chr19) [Russian]