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WA Branch Meeting - Prof Inge Koch

  • 9 Apr 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (WAST)
  • Perth

Announcing a meeting of the Statistical Society of Australia, W.A. Branch.

6:00 p.m. on Tuesday 9th April 2019




Analysis of Proteomics Imaging Mass Spectrometry Data

Professor Inge Koch

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UWA


Imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) has become a versatile and powerful tool in proteomics for the analysis of complex biological systems.  Much of the recent research has been motivated by the requirements in cancer research to differentiate cell populations and tissue types of such data accurately and efficiently.

In this talk I give an overview of proteomics IMS data and statistical methods used in the analyses of such data. For recent IMS data of ovarian cancer patients I describe a new and versatile combined cluster analysis/feature extraction approach and visualisation tool which allows the display all relevant features in a single image and which has the potential for distinguishing cancer tissue from non-cancerous tissue regions and for selecting features which are candidates for biomarkers.


Inge Koch was appointed Professor of Statistics and Data Science in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UWA, and started this position earlier this year.

Inge’s research focusses on multivariate and high-dimensional data, analysis of such data, and application of new statistical approaches to different domains.  She is interested in statistical learning and in particular in dimension reduction and feature extraction, clustering and classification.  She has been collaborating with medical researchers on challenges in cancer research and proteomics, with an electrical engineer on signal processing of fMRI images, and with astronomers on source detection of astronomy surveys. 

As head of Statistics and Data Science and in her previous work at other universities, Inge has been passionate about encouraging young women to study and take up careers based on mathematics.  Until February 2019, Inge has been the Executive Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and its CHOOSEMATHS program which aims to increase participation of women in mathematics and STEM through a multilevel approach including mentoring.

Members and guests are invited to mingle over wine and cheese from 5:30 p.m. onwards in Blakers Lecture Theatre, University of Western Australia.  Following the meeting you are invited to dine with the speaker at a nearby restaurant.  Visitors are welcome.

For further information please contact the Branch Secretary, Rick Tankard, Murdoch University.  He can be reached by email at or by phone at (08) 9360 2820.

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