Professor Matt Bellgard joins QCIF’s board

Professor Matt Bellgard, QUT’s inaugural eResearch Director, has joined QCIF’s board of directors.

Prof. Bellgard replaces Chris Bridge, QUT’s Director of Information Technology Services, as the university’s representative on the QCIF board.
Before joining QUT, Prof. Bellgard spent more than 12 years as the Director of the Centre for Comparative Genomics (CCG), a Western Australian state government centre of excellence.
He has also served as Director of iVEC@Murdoch, a facility that housed the second largest computer in Australia, ranked 87th in the world in 2011–2015, and as Project Director of the Nectar National Research Cloud in Western Australia (2014–2015).

His scientific work has resulted in developments in the areas of pairwise sequence alignment and artificial intelligence, human genomics, bacterial bioinformatics, whole genome analysis and annotation for a range of species, as well as eResearch across a range of disciplines.
He is currently co-leading development of digital infrastructure for funded collaborative research in adaptive platform trials that are of particular relevance for rapidly evaluating new therapies. This activity critically relies on quality health data linkage, patient engagement and reliable secure digital platforms that can operate across jurisdictions and health stakeholder business units.
QCIF welcomes Prof. Bellgard to the board, and thanks Chris Bridge for his contribution to QCIF. 
QCIF CEO Dr Phil Gurney said: “Chris Bridge’s contribution to the board will be sadly missed, but we are delighted to have someone of Matt’s calibre and experience. His work and insights in digital infrastructure will be particularly beneficial to QCIF and our members.”  

Professor Matt Bellgard