Shu Min Kao

Shu-Min Kao has been appointed to project 14 which is based at VIB – a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium (Plant Biology). His research is supervised by Dr Lieven Sterck.

Shu-Min joined the ALFF project in October 2015, following completion of his Master shu-min-kaodegree and compulsory military service. His Master degree covered Biometry Division (Agronomy), which he gained from the National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2013. Here Shu-Min was able to develop his theoretical knowledge and practical techniques of bioinformatics as well as his interest in the study of algae. Shu-Min’s passion for bioinformatics began in  2010 when he joined the Institute of Biotechnology at NTU where he focused on plant molecular biology and virology, specifically the leafy flower transition of Catharanthus roseus induced by peanut witches’-boom phytoplasma infection via next-generation sequencing. Here he began to learn Perl and manipulate data from
command line at that time  and very much enjoyed coding and being a ‘detective’ within
the research team.

After his Master degree, Shu-Min worked at the Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology at Academia Sinica in Taipei where the research project in which he was involved covered ‘Analyses of the Oryza Map Alignment Project (OMAP)’ in collaboration with Dr Rod A. Wing at the University of Arizona. This experience allowed Shu-Min to develop his interest in comparative genomics, biology, statistics and bioinformatics.

Shu-Min can be contacted at:


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