Alistair Forrest is the inaugural Cancer Research Trust Senior Fellow and head of the systems biology and genomics lab at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Western Australia. He is an expert in transcriptomics and led the international FANTOM5 consortium in Japan to global maps of human promoters, enhancers, microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs using Cap Analysis of Gene Expression and RNA-seq. Recently he led successful bids to the Cancer Research Trust and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation to establish the Western Australian cancer single cell consortium and the ACRF Centre for Advanced Cancer genomics. He researches broadly in the areas of genomics, transcriptomics and systems biology and is interested in describing the biological components encoded in our genomes and how they work together in systems. Current projects include prediction of cell-to-cell interactions and drug target sensitivity from single cell tumour datasets, mapping enhancer-promoter interactions using capture Hi-C, functional testing of long non-coding RNAs in skeletal muscle and neuronal function and improved methods for CNV detection and interpretation in autism spectrum disorders.
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