Computational Biology // Massey University


Group leader

PhD student

Analyses of transcriptional enhancers in mouse macrophages.

PhD student

MSc student

Identification of long non-coding RNA in rDNA ITS regions.

NZGL bioinformatics technician

Transcriptomics-based colorectal cancer subtyping and association to the gut microbiome.


PhD student with Dr. Anna Pilbrow

Long non-coding and circular RNA identification in heart disease.

PhD student with Dr. Xue-Xian Zhang

Transcriptional regulation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


  • Daniel Ho // MSc student (First Class Honours) // 2017 // PhD student with Dr Justin O'Sullivan, Liggins Institute
  • Bilgimol Joseph // PhD student with Dr. Evelyn Sattlegger // 2017 // Postdoc at Dept. of Medicine, UC San Diego
  • Daniela Quintana // PhD student with Dr. Austen Ganley // 2016 // University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Jacob Lawes // BNatSci summer student // 2015
  • Saumya Agrawal // Bioinformatics technician // 2014 // Postdoc at RIKEN Institute, Japan
  • Natalie Thomas // Bioinformatics technician // 2014

Open Positions

I am always on the lookout for exceptional MSc and PhD students. If you are interested in the things we do and wish to pursue a PhD here at Massey University, then I am happy to discuss possible projects with you. There are often opportunities to waive study fees. If you have your own funding even better!


Dr. Sebastian Schmeier
Research Group Leader
Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics/Genomics

Massey University, INMS
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 414 0800 (ext: 43538)

Publications // latest

Genome-wide profiling of transcribed enhancers during macrophage activation. Epigenetics & Chromatin, 2017, accepted.

Distinct gut microbiome patterns associate with consensus molecular subtypes of colorectal cancer. Scientific Reports, 2017, doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11237-6

Consensus molecular classification of colorectal cancer and association with the colonic microbiota. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 2017, 60(6):E90-E91 (In proceedings: Annual Meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons)

Workshops // upcoming

[ Nov 2017 ] Software Carpentry Workshop, Massey University Auckland

Tweets // latest