Research interests

  • Genomics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Proteomics
  • Microbiomes
  • Variant discovery
  • Functional gene annotation
  • Phylogenetics
  • Population genetics
  • Machine learning and Artificial intelligence
  • Automation
  • Computer programming with python
  • Dataviz and web2.0
  • Linux and open source


Dave’s Doctorial work focused on deciphering the genomic organisation of the marsupial globin gene cluster. After his PhD he accepted a postdoctoral position at Melbourne University (Department of Botany) studying the genetics of self-incompatibility systems in flowering plants. He then moved to the USA and completed postdocs at Kansas State University (ecological genomes) and the University of Rochester (parasitoid genomics), before taking up a position as a lecturer in Bioinformatics and Genomics at Massey University (NZ). In 2017 he left academia to start his own company (NgBS Ltd), which provided computational analyses services to Universities and Companies located within the Asian Pacific region. Dave Joined DPI at the beginning of 2018 as a bioinformatician and data scientist within the Chief Scientists branch. He has a broad range of skills in genomics, computational biology, web 2.0, and machine learning. He is particularly excited about the potential of big data to increase the productivity of Australia's agricultural sector.


  • PhD in Evolutionary Genomics, Department of Life Sciences, University of Adelaide
  • Honours first class, Department of Genetics, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Science (jurisprudence), University of Adelaide

Current projects

  • Assembly and annotation of the kelp genome
  • Prediction of meat quality traits using machine learning
  • Microbiome studies in Pigs and vinyard soils
  • Annotation of sheep ruman proteins
  • Automated image classification captured by camera traps and airial drones
  • Web based tools for tacking wild dog and pig movements patterns based on GPS data
  • Automatic processing and tabulation of NSW forestry residue data

Recent publications

Please refer to Dave's Google Scholar and/or ResearchGate page.

ORCID number: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5538-8119

Contact details

Email: dave.wheeler@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6391 3300 or 0431 012 702