Researcher biography

Dr Quan Nguyen is a Group Leader at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), The University of Queensland. He is leading the Biomedical Machine Learning (BML) lab to study development and disease in single cells in spatial tissue contexts. Using machine-learning and genomic approaches, his group are integrating single-cell spatiotemporal data with tissue imaging data and large-scale population genomics data to find causal links between DNA variants, gene expression and disease. Currently, the BML lab is pioneering in developing neural network models for connecting tissue morphology with molecular gene expression data for discovering in situ biological processes underlying tissue heterogeneity, focusing on cancer and genetic disease. His lab has developed experimental platforms that enable large-scale profiling of spatial gene expression in different tissues and organs.

Dr Quan Nguyen completed a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Queensland in 2013, postdoctoral training at RIKEN institute in Japan in 2015, a CSIRO (OCE) Research Fellowship in 2016, and an IMB Fellow in 2018. He has published in top-tier journals, including Cell, Cell Stem Cell, Nature Protocols, Nature Communications, Genome Research, Genome Biology and a prize-winning paper in GigaScience. He is looking for enthusiastic research students, research assistants and a postdoc to join his team. In the past three years, he has contributed to the development of x8 open-source software, x2 web applications, and x4 databases for analysis of single-cell data and spatial transcriptomics.