Stephanie Chen

Scientific Officer Biodiversity Research

Research Interests

My overarching research interests encompass the development and optimisation of plant genomic resources. In particular, I am interested in using genomic data to understand the evolutionary dynamics of the Australian flora and to inform plant conservation.

I am also a PhD Candidate in Bioinformatics at the University of New South Wales and Australian Institute of Botanical Science.

A list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar.


  • Conducting conservation genomics research to expand biodiversity knowledge and directly support conservation outcomes for threatened plant species as part of Saving our Species, NSW’s flagship threatened species conservation program.
  • Assembling the New South Wales waratah (Telopea speciosissima) reference genome as part of the Genomics for Australian Plants (GAP) Initiative.
  • Investigating the genomics of introgression and speciation in waratahs (Telopea species).
  • Adapted and adaptable: optimising plant populations for restoration and resilience in the face of myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii).

More information and media

Assembling the waratah reference genome. Virtual Science Seminar presentation February 2021: