Conrad Burden

Senior Lecturer
Researcher - Bioinformation science
John Dedman Building 1181
 +61 2 6125 0730



Conrad Burden is an Associate Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the Australian National University lecturing in bioinformatics.  His research interests include mathematical population genetics, aligment-free sequence comparison, the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, and the physico-chemical modelling of microarrays.  

Before making the move into bioinformatics in 2003 he spent 20 years as a theoretical physicist followed by a short stint working in the IT industry: 

He graduated from the University of Queensland with 1st class honours in Applied Mathematics in 1979 and The Australian National University with a PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1983.  

Between 1983 and 1988 he held postdoctoral fellowships in theoretical physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Glasgow University, The Australian National University and Flinders University. 

Between 1988 and 1999 he held a research position in the Department of Theoretical Physics, Australian National University, working mainly in quantum field theory and subatomic particle physics.  

Between 1999 and 2002 I was a programmer/developer in the IT industry. 

Conrad is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics.  

Read more about Conrad's biography and research interests here.


Research interests

Currently interested in Population Genetics. 

Previous interests include physico-chemical modelling of microarrays, pairwise word-match counts in random sequences, and the analysis of high-throughput genomic sequencing data.  


MATH2307 and MATH6100 Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling - Semester 2

MATH3353 and MATH6208 Topics in Bioinformatics

BIOL2001 Introduction to Quantitative Biology


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