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Karin Verspoor

Karin Verspoor

Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems; Director of Health Technologies, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne
Dr Karin Verspoor works at the intersection of Science and Technology, applying computation to analysis and interpretation of biological and clinical data, particularly unstructured text data.

Karin is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne and Director of Health Technologies in the Melbourne School of Engineering, as well as the Deputy Director of the University's Centre for Digital Transformation of Health.

She was previously a Principal Researcher at NICTA's Victoria Research Lab and served as the Scientific Director for Health and Life Sciences. Karin headed a research team at NICTA in Biomedical Informatics.

Karin moved to Melbourne in December 2011 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she was a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Computational Pharmacology and Faculty on the Computational Bioscience Program. She also spent five years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, nearly five years in start-ups during the US Tech Bubble, and a year as a Research Fellow at Macquarie University. She received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Rice University (Houston, TX) and her MSc and PhD degrees in Cognitive Science and Natural Language from the University of Edinburgh (UK).

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