Paula Andrea Martinez

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Paula Andrea Martinez

Academic achievement:

MSc: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. Chalmers University of Technology 2012 (Sweden)

BSc: Computer Sciences, software development. University Nur 2008 (Bolivia)

Posts held:

  • 2012 - present PhD candidate - Applied Bioinformatics to crops - The University of Queensland, Brisbane - Australia

Studying the Genomic diversity of the species Brassica Juncea, and one of the progenitor species Brassica nigra

  • 2012 Master Thesis project - Mathematical Statics Dept - Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg - Sweden.

Exploratory metagenomic analysis of antibiotic resistance genes in bacterial communities

  • 2011 Internship - The Salgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg - Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg - Sweden.

Statistical Analysis of Gene expression using NimbleGen Microarrays data. A comparison between a polluted site and a reference site

  • 2008 - 2009 IT Dept. Fundacion Amigos de la Naturaleza, Santa Cruz - Bolivia.


List of publications can be found at researchGate


My interest is the link between data and science, I am a data scientist. Currently I'm interested in biological questions that can be answered with the analysis of genomic data.

I gained an engineering degree in Computer Sciences from University Nur back in my home country. I worked at the NGO FAN (Fundacion Amigos de la Naturaleza) for 2 years in the IT and Web Dept. Then I moved to Sweden in 2009 to study Bioinformatics, where I got involved in 2 projects with different biological backgrounds that helped me to put hands on into the bioinformatics world. I feel bioinformatics is having a great impact in science and I am glad to be part of it. At the moment I am a PhD candidate at the applied bioinformatics group under the supervision of Prof. David Edwards, Prof. Jacqueline Batley and Prof. Kaye Basford. The group is part of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG Brisbane node) and we have industry collaborators for most of our projects. My focus is on studying the genomic diversity of the species Brassica juncea. I work with next generation sequencing data for SNP discovery, skim genotyping by sequencing, gene loss, and the sorting of the assembly of the B. nigra genome.

My preferred tools are R and python, and a long list of bioinformatics software tools.

I am also user of HPC nodes in Australia: NCI, Barrine, Pawsey and private servers.

Additionally I'm a volunteer to teach software basic concepts to scientist. Software carpentry is a growing community, here is the team

Awards and Prizes:

2006: Best Average score, University Nur

2008: Graduation of excellency, University Nur

2012: Graduated in the top 10 per cent, Chalmers university of technology

2012: Awarded The University of Queensland International scholarship, The University of Queensland


University of Queensland

St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia

Ph: +61 07 334 67085