I did my PhD in Steve Russell’s lab at the Genetics Department, University of Cambridge. I used a mixture of experimental and computational methods to study transcription factor binding and gene expression in the developing Drosophila nervous system. I later also worked with the InterMine team, and have been involved with a number of projects including modENCODE, metabolicMine and InterMOD.

I am currently a bioinformatics postdoctoral research associate in the Frye lab at the Stem Cell Institute in Cambridge, studying the role of non-coding RNAs in the regulation of stem cell differentiation. I am interested in understanding the regulatory logic of the genome and its evolution, as well as in applications of that understanding, such as synthetic biology and personalised medicine.

Research Publications

  • InterMOD: integrated data and tools for the unification of model organism research. Sullivan J et al. (2013). Scientific Reports, 3:1802.
  • Identifying targets of the Sox domain protein Dichaete in the Drosophila CNS via targeted expression of dominant negative proteins. Shen SP, Aleksic J, Russell S (2013). BMC Developmental Biology, 13:1.
  • InterMine: a flexible data warehouse system for the integration and analysis of heterogeneous biological data. Smith RN, Aleksic J et al. (2012). Bioinformatics, 28(23): 3163-3165.
  • Biases in Drosophila melanogaster protein trap screens. Aleksic J, Lazic R, Muller I, Russell SR, Adryan B (2009). BMC Genomics, 10:249.
  • ChIPing away at the genome: the new frontier travel guide. Aleksic J, Russell S (2009). Molecular Biosystems, 5: 1421-1428.
  • Development of a novel biosensor for the detection of arsenic in drinking water. Aleksic J et al. (2007). Synthetic Biology IET, 1:87-90.