Matt Field is a Senior Research Fellow in Bioinformatics at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University. He specialises in the development of high-throughput bioinformatic analysis pipelines.

In the last five years Matt has published 25 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals such as Nature (x2), Nature Methods, and PNAS (x2) which have been cited over 2500 times. He is also a Chief Investigator for the Centre for Personalised Immunology, an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence focused on bringing genomics and personalized medicine into routine clinical practice.

From 2010 to 2015 Matt worked as Senior Bioinformatics Manager at the Australian National University developing software to uncover the underlying genetic cause of human diseases such as lupus, diabetes, and melanoma. During this time he developed a high-throughput variant detection pipeline which has analysed over 4000 exomes and 3000 genomes to date. While at ANU, he completed a PhD in medical science titled "Computational Analysis of Genetic Variation" with supervisor Chris Goodnow .

From 2004 to 2010 Matt worked as Assistant Bioinformatic Coordinator at the Genome Sciences Centre in Canada leading a group of bioinformaticians in a high-throughput research environment studying a variety of cancers. Prior to this, he completed two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of British Columbia in computer science (2004) and biology (1998).


  • Develop robust high-throughput bioinformatics analysis pipelines
  • Develop software to discover the underlying genetic cause of human disease
  • Incorporate clinical genomics into the public health system
  • Discover how the human microbiome affects human health
  • Introduce clinicians, bench biologists and computer scientists to bioinformatics
  • 2016 to present - Senior Bioinformatics Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2010 to present - Senior Bioinformatics Manager, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)
  • 2010 - Bioinformatics Software Development Team Leader, Biomatters (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 2004 to 2010 - Assistant Bioinformatics Coordinator, Genome Sciences Centre (Vancouver, Canada)
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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Dr Matt Field from 2004 onwards.

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NHMRC - Early Career Fellowship - Australian Public Health and Health Services Fellowship

Developing Core Bioinformatics Capacity at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine

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$322,952 over 4 years
Cost effective next generation sequencing is now a reality, meaning the bottleneck for research projects has shifted from data generation to data analysis. Researchers at the Australian Institute of Health and Tropical Medicine (AITHM) are engaged in an increasing number of high-impact research projects that require timely access to high-throughput bioinformatics best-practices methodologies. This proposal outlines strategies to develop support for projects requiring bioinformatics within AITHM.
Matt Field (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Bioinformatics; Genomics; Computational Biology

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Can experimental hookworm infection prevent metabolic disease/Type 2 diabetes?

Indicative Funding
We will conduct a world-first clinical trial in Cairns testing the safety and efficacy of experimental hookworm infection in women at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. For this application we will examine how worm infection alters the microbiome, a potental mechanism of how worms control metabolism.
Paul Giacomin, Robyn McDermott, Alex Loukas, John Miles and Matt Field (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
metabolism; Obesity; microbiome; Parasitic infection; Clinical trial; inflammation

Menzies School of Health Research - Ext_Source: NHMRC NATDCRP Hot North Pilot

Genomics for Undiagnosed Infectious Disease Evaluation and Diagnosis in Northern Australia

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$5,000 (administered by QIMR)
Diagnosis of scabies mostly relies on clinical symptoms as mites are extremely difficult to find in skin lesions of ordinary scabies (<20) which leads to under/misdiagnosis. This pilot project will address a long wanted need to develop a rapid diagnostic test for scabies. It is anticipated that this new DNA test will be highly sensitive and specific and will outperform standard microscopy. This will provide a powerful tool in scabies diagnosis particulary useful in clinical trials and epidemiologic studies.
James McCarthy, Bart Currie and Matt Field (QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Royal Darwin Hospital and Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
skin health; NGS; Scabies; diagnostics; Genomics; Bioinformatics

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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.

  • Molecular Profiling of Immunity to Infections and Chronic Disease in Humans using Sytems Immunology (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • High throughput production and screening of hookworm derived anti-imflammatory proteins. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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