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Peter Johansson

Dr | Research Officer

Oncogenomics

+61 7 3362 0323

Peter.Johansson@qimrberghofer.edu.au

 

CAREER HISTORY

Dr Johansson has more than 15 years experience developing computational methods to distil and interpret large amounts of biological data. During his PhD studies he applied machine learning techniques on gene expression data to dissect the molecular architecture of cancers such as melanoma and breast cancer. In 2007 he was given the opportunity to join the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA and deepen his knowledge in cancer genomics. In 2012 he joined the Oncogenomics Group at QIMR Berghofer, where he has continued his work on cancer genomics, primarily melanoma.

 

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

2012-current: Research Officer, Oncogenomics Group, QIMR Berghofer

2014-current: Honorary Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Queensland

 

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS

2007-2012: NIH Visiting Fellow, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA

2007: Software Developer, SCIBLU Bioinformatics Centre, Lund, Sweden

 

ORCID NUMBER

0000-0001-7015-5452

 

RESEARCHER ID

K-1053-2014

 

CURRENT AREA OF RESEARCH

Dr Johansson is a core member of the Australian Melanoma Genome Project, characterising the landscape of somatic mutations and chromosomal aberrations in melanoma tumours. In addition, he is involved in the group’s work to identify melanoma predisposition genes and particularly interested in how to improve the computational methods used to identify the genetic variation causing the increased risk in high-density melanoma families.

 

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discovered iris melanoma harbour mutations induced by ultraviolet radiation
  • Identified that PLCB4 is an oncogene in uveal melanoma
  • Contributed to the identification of POT1, ACD and TERF2IP as high penetrance familial melanoma genes
  • Identified a BRAF mutation-associated gene expression profile in melanomas
  • Developed a gene expression profile associated with prognosis in carcinomas

 

AWARDS RECOGNITION

2019: Invited Speaker, Brisbane Cancer Conference, Brisbane

2011: Invited Speaker, Applied and Computational Mathematics Division Seminar Series, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA

2011: Selected Speaker, 11th Center for Cancer Research Fellows and Young Investigators Colloquium, USA

2010: Top 2% Highly Rated Poster, American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

2006: Invited Speaker, Friday Seminar Series, Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2006: Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Theoretical Physics, Lund University, Sweden

2001: Master of Science, Department of Theoretical Physics, Lund University, Sweden