PROF Melanie Bahlo

PROF Melanie Bahlo


  • Bioinformatics of neurogenetic and infectious diseases




    Professor Melanie Bahlo’s laboratory identifies the genetic causes of neurological disorders such as epilepsy and ataxia. The lab also conducts research on the genetic approaches for infectious diseases, working on both the human host and the pathogen, using population-based studies.

    The lab develops novel methods for the analysis of these diseases, publishing methods and freely available software, which can be downloaded from

    Twitter handle is @MelanieBahlo.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 1997
  • BSc(Hons), Monash University 1992

Awards and honors

  • AAS, 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Research interest

    Our lab uses statistical methodology to describe and model genetic data, to make use of structure within the data. This allows the identification of genomic regions of interest that may harbor disease-causing mutations. We implement these models through software programming.

    We work on many disease identification projects simultaneously, some of which can be easily solved, others taking years before a break-through is achieved. We seek to identify where new technology can be combined with our genetic insights to achieve these breakthroughs in studies where we have been unsuccessful.