Dean Southwood

Contact Details

Department of Molecular Sciences,
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109 Australia
Phone: +61 (2) 9850 8276
Email address:


Dean is a PhD student and academic tutor in the Department of Molecular Sciences (Bioinformatics Group) at Macquarie University. His current area of research is on genome annotation and genomic analysis of insects, especially those of agricultural significance. His background is varied, with studies across organic chemistry, quantum physics, and mathematics.  He enjoys bringing an interdisciplinary approach to his work, aiming to produce something that is more than just the sum of its parts.  He also loves teaching, and takes great pride in helping students improve. When he’s not thousands of lines deep in code, he enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and bring a pro at Mario Kart.

Academic history

  • PhD in Bioinformatics from MolSci, Macquarie University, Australia (currently in progress)
  • MRes in Quantum Physics from Macquarie University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Advanced Science in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biomolecular Sciences from Macquarie University, Australia

Teaching history


  • MATH235 – Mathematics IIA (Tutor)
  • CBMS223 – Biochemistry (Tutor and Demonstrator)
  • PHYS107 – Modern Mechanics (Demonstrator)
  • PHYS140 – Physics IA (Demonstrator)


  • CBMS102 – General Chemistry (Tutor)
  • MATH130 – Mathematics IE (Tutor)
  • MATH135 – Mathematics IA (Tutor)
  • PHYS143 – Physics IB (Tutor)
  • PHYS107 – Modern Mechanics (Demonstrator)
  • PHYS140 – Physics IA (Demonstrator)


  • CBMS102 – General Chemistry (Tutor)
  • CBMS103 – Organic and Biological Chemistry (Tutor)
  • MATH130 – Mathematics IE (Tutor)
  • MATH136 – Mathematics IB (Tutor)
  • PHYS140 – Physics IA (Tutor and Revision Lecturer)
  • PHYS107 – Modern Mechanics (Demonstrator)
  • PHYS143 – Physics IB (Demonstrator)


  • CBMS102 – General Chemistry (Tutor)

Research Interests

  • Genomics analysis
  • Genome annotation
  • Computational biology and statistical modelling
  • Data science and data visualisation
  • Tertiary education and content delivery