Stephanie H 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

Listen to Stephanie chat with the Branch out Podcast about Solving the waratah’s genetic puzzle. 

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