Primary research interest

Bioinformatics (analysis, modelling and integration of biological data)

Group website

Bioinformatics group website and wiki

About me

After finishing a PhD in 1997 at the University of Exeter, UK, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at The University of Queensland. I then held academic positions at the University of Skövde and Halmstad University in Sweden. I re-joined The University of Queensland in 2003. I am currently appointed by the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and affiliated with both the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Research focus and collaborations

Bioinformatics draws on computer science, math and statistics to enable discoveries in emerging molecular biology data. My research aims to develop, investigate and apply bioinformatics methodologies to understand and resolve a range of open problems in genomics, molecular and systems biology. Recent applications involve protein sorting, nuclear protein organization, mechanisms of transcriptional regulation, sequence and structure determinants of protein function and modification, and protein engineering. My Bioinformatics group has developed a number of prediction servers.

Group members

Funded projects

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP160100865) 2016-2018
    Reconstructing protein populations of the past to explain functional specificity and engineer biological diversity
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP120101772) 2012-2015
    Tracing nature's template: Using statistical machine learning to evolve biocatalysts
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Project (1004112) 2011-2014
    A systems biology approach to elucidate common principles and mechanisms underlying triplet repeat expansion associated genetic defects

Teaching interests

I am the convener of the Bioinformatics dual major in the Bachelor of Science degree and the program director of the Master of Bioinformatics. He is coordinating and teaching undergraduate courses Introduction to Bioinformatics (SCIE2100) and Advanced Bioinformatics (BIOL3014), and postgraduate courses Concepts in Bioinformatics (BINF6000) and Advanced Bioinformatics (BINF7000).

Achievements and awards

  • Academic editor of PLoS ONE; Member editorial board for Frontiers in Genetics/ Bioinformatics Computational Biology
  • Docent in Computer Science Halmstad University, Sweden
  • Ramsay Visiting Scientist Award University of Birmingham, UK
  • Awarded Gastprofessorenprogramm des Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst, Germany

Featured publications

Researcher biography

Researcher in bioinformatics.

Mikael Boden is a computer scientist with interests in computational biology, bioinformatics, and statistical machine learning. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of Exeter, UK.