CIPPS Alumni Simon Tang

CIPPS Alumni Simon Tang

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CIPPS Alumni Simon Tang completed his honours as a part of the Belov Group. In 2023 he received the University Medal (USyd) for his project – When Frogs Fight Back: Developing multi-omics resources to characterise antimicrobial peptides in the stuttering frog (Mixophyes balbus). Since submitting he has written up his thesis into a first-author publication which has been accepted into Scientific Reports. 

After honours Simon worked as a Computational Scientist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research where he focused on identifying novel genomic regions associated with alternative splicing. In addition, he worked as a demonstrator and taught statistics, biochemistry and evolutionary biology and took on some science communication opportunities, including presented his honours research at Science at the Local, Future Science Talks, and the ABC’s Science Show. He remained involved with the Belov Group, including volunteering to help run a bioinformatics workshop at PLC, and spoke with high school students from central Australia through Deadly Science. 

“I am very appreciative for the connections and opportunities in CIPPS. I found that the networking events, public seminars and other activities were great ways to connect with other researchers, as well as the general public. It spurred my passion for science communication, and with my honours research, I was able to get involved with many science communication organisations after my honours.”

Simon Tang

In November 2023 Simon commenced his PhD at École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland where he is researching genomics/bioinformatics, trying to use multi-omics to better understand tuberculosis and its interactions with humans. At the same time he is teaching, taking classes, and supervising a Masters student for a semester.  

Simon feels the opportunities from his honours’ year has helped him appreciate and understand the need of multi-omics data to make new biological discoveries, directly inspiring both his Garvan position and PhD topic, as well as the importance of science communication. 


The Stuttering frog is a large species of frog that inhabits temperate and sub-tropical rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest in Australia.
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