Dr Jana Sperschneider


Jana has been working in bioinformatics in various aspects from method development to genome science. She holds a degree in Computer Science with a focus on Bioinformatics from the University of Freiburg, Germany. In her Ph.D. at The University of Western Australia she developed novel methods for the computational prediction of non-coding RNA structure. She joined CSIRO as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate plant-pathogen interactions from a genomics angle. She released several software tools for pathogen effector prediction using machine learning as well as for protein subcellular localization. In 2018, she joined the Australian National University as a Research Fellow and was awarded a 2019 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). Her current research interests are machine learning for biological predictions, genome science, host-pathogen interactions, molecule structure and function and non-coding RNA.

Research interests

  • Bioinformatics
  • Machine learning
  • Genomics
  • Plant-pathogen interactions
  • Fungal plant pathogens