Conrad Burden

Honorary Associate Professor

Conrad Burden is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute at the Australian National University.  His current research interests are in  mathematical population genetics.  Previous research interests include 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. 

Between 2003 and 2020 I held positions as Research Fellow, Fellow and Associate Professor in the Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University.

Conrad is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics.  

Read more about Conrad's biography and research interests.

Research interests

Currently interested in Mathematical 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.  


For publications since 1999 via the ANU Researchers page.

For all publications via Publons.

For all publications via ORCID .


MATH3353 and MATH6208 Topics in Bioinformatics - Semester 1