James Cook University bioinformatician Dr Justin Lee joined QCIF in May 2020 to work on the Australian Apollo Service as Platform Developer and System Administrator. 

He is based at the Centre for Tropical Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology at JCU’s Townsville campus.   

Justin also participates in bioinformatics tutoring at JCU and is the point of contact for JCU researchers to the QCIF Bioinformatics service. Prior to joining QCIF, Justin worked as a bioinformatician at JCU, developing a clinical cancer genomics pipeline and as a bioinformatics tutor. 

He has a Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) from Charles Darwin University and a PhD in modelling and simulation of gene expression and morphogenesis applied to electronic circuit generation from the Queensland University of Technology. He has a strong background in Linux, dev ops, high-performance computing, programming and open-source software. 

Before joining JCU, he was employed as a Senior Research Support Specialist in QUT’s High Performance Computing and Research Support Group. There, he worked closely with researchers in biology and bioinformatics in particular, helping them achieve their research outcomes by providing high-performance computing, eResearch, programming and other computational assistance.  

His postdoctoral work was in intelligent transport systems with QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q). He has also worked in several research assistant positions in machine learning and autonomous robotics and tutored in a wide range of computational subjects. 

Research Interests 

  • Modelling and simulation of biological systems 
  • Biologically-inspired hardware and software 
  • Artificial Life, Autonomous Systems, Machine Learning 


  • B. Comp Sci (Hons), Charles Darwin University 
  • PhD., Queensland University of Technology