As a bioinformatician I can combine my dual interests in molecular biology and computational tools.  My career reflects this crossing of disciplinary boundaries.  After completing my undergraduate studies at JCU in marine biology and chemistry I pursued a PhD in physics at ANU.  After that I worked with Markus Deserno at the Max Planck institute for polymer physics in Germany where I helped develop a model for simulating large scale lipid self assembly.  This was followed by several years in the UK working on economic and ecological models of farmland with Prof. Bill Sutherland.  I returned to Australia in 2010 where I started working as a bioinformatician with the La Trobe University mass spectrometry facility.  I soon realised at that bioinformatics was the ideal way for me to combine my various computational and biological interests.  In 2016 I moved to James Cook University where I am looking forward to teaching bioinformatics as well as working on research questions relevant to tropical biology and health.

I am interested in the analysis of large genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic datasets.  I use and develop computational tools that take advantage of this data to discover the role that genomic sequences play in cellular and whole organism biology.  I work on a wide variety of research questions including many related to human and veterinary health as well as aquaculture, coral biology and cephalopod toxins.

  • BC2023: Molecular Genetics (Level 2; TSV)
  • BC3101: Genes, Genomes and Development (Level 3; TSV)
  • BC3202: Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Level 3; TSV)
  • BC5312: Research and Dissertation in Molecular and Cell Biology (Level 5; TSV)
  • Coral genomics and transcriptomics
  • Evolution of cephalopod toxicity
  • Software for proteomic and proteogenomic analysis
  • Statistical analysis of gene and/or protein expression data

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Journal Articles
Book Chapters
  • Cooke I, Whitelaw B, Norman M, Caruana N and Strugnell J (2015) Toxicity in cephalopods. In: Evolution of Venomous Animals and Their Toxins. Toxinology. Springer, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 1-15

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 20+ research outputs authored by Dr Ira Cooke from 2011 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Immunity and Secondary Metabolite Production in the Soft Coral Lobophytum Pauciflorum in Competition and the Effects of Ocean Acidification on These Proceses. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Venom Function, Composition and Evolution in the Blue-Ringed Octopus, Genus Hapalochlaena (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Function and Ligands of G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) in Coral Larvae Settlement (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Gene Expression of Sex Change in Ctenactis Echinatar and Fungia Fungites Corals (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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