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Kathryn Napier

Kathryn has expertise in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics

Kathryn completed a PhD in veterinary studies in 2014 at Murdoch University in Perth, following on from undergraduate degrees in biomedical science (Hons) and mathematics and statistics.

Prior to joining the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) in August 2018, Kathryn worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Comparative Genomics at Murdoch University in the fields of bioinformatics and health informatics. Her work as part of a Plant Biosecurity CRC research project resulted in the development and optimisation of a bioinformatics analysis pipeline for the diagnosis and surveillance of plant viruses and viroids for quarantine agencies in Australia and New Zealand.


During her time at the CIC, Kathryn’s role as a Senior Data Scientist  primarily involved working with collaborators on digital health projects. She was performing analysis on linked pathology datasets and developed analytical pipelines to process and visualise data that will lead to improvements in patient care in the diagnosis of bloodstream infections (WASABI) and chronic kidney disease (Digital Health CRC project ‘Reviewing and managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) to improve outcomes’). Kathryn has also been involved in providing computational training to Curtin staff and students and has an interest in eResearch and data management.

In July 2021, Kathryn started in her new role as Lead Data Scientist for COKI.


Her key competences and research interests include:

  • Health informatics and analytics
  • Data analytics and visualisation
  • Computational training (certified Carpentries Instructor)