Curriculum vitae

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@statsgen emitanaka

skill stack

R, HTML/CSS, LaTeX, Git/GitHub

research interests

experimental design, mixed models, statistical graphics, bioinformatics, statistical genetics


Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics
The University of Sydney, School of Mathematics and Statistics
Research fellow
University of Wollongong, School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics


PhD, Statistics
Statistical Methods for Improving Motif Evaluation
Supervisor: Dr. Uri Keich
School of Mathematics and Statistics
The University of Sydney
2015 | Sydney, Australia

BSci (Adv Maths), Honour I
Major in Mathematics and Statistics
The University of Sydney
2010 | Sydney, Australia


Tanaka E (2020). “Simple outlier detection for a multi-environmental field trial.” Biometrics. ISSN 0006-341X, 1541-0420, doi: 10.1111/biom.13216 (URL:

Tanaka E, Hui FKC (2019). “Symbolic Formulae for Linear Mixed Models.” In Statistics and Data Science, 3-21. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-1960-4_1 (URL:

Norman A, Taylor J, Tanaka E, Telfer P, Edwards J, Martinant J, Kuchel H (2017). “Increased genomic prediction accuracy in wheat breeding using a large Australian panel.” TAG. Theoretical and applied genetics. Theoretische und angewandte Genetik, 130(12), 2543-2555. ISSN 0040-5752, 1432-2242, doi: 10.1007/s00122-017-2975-4 (URL:

Tanaka E, Ral JF, Li S, Gaire R, Cavanagh CR, Cullis BR, Whan A (2017). “Increased accuracy of starch granule type quantification using mixture distributions.” Plant methods, 13, 107. ISSN 1746-4811, doi: 10.1186/s13007-017-0259-2 (URL:

Hui FKC, Tanaka E, Warton DI (2018). “Order selection and sparsity in latent variable models via the ordered factor LASSO.” Biometrics, 74(4), 1311-1319. ISSN 0006-341X, 1541-0420, doi: 10.1111/biom.12888 (URL:

Tanaka E, Bailey TL, Keich U (2014). “Improving MEME via a two-tiered significance analysis.” Bioinformatics, 30(14), 1965-1973. ISSN 1367-4803, 1367-4811, doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu163 (URL:

Liachko I, Tanaka E, Cox K, Chung SCC, Yang L, Seher A, Hallas L, Cha E, Kang G, Pace H, Barrow J, Inada M, Tye B, Keich U (2011). “Novel features of ARS selection in budding yeast Lachancea kluyveri.” BMC genomics, 12, 633. ISSN 1471-2164, doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-12-633 (URL:

Tanaka E, Bailey T, Grant CE, Noble WS, Keich U (2011). “Improved similarity scores for comparing motifs.” Bioinformatics, 27(12), 1603-1609. ISSN 1367-4803, 1367-4811, doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btr257 (URL:




Statistical Society of Australia, Victoria Branch Vice President
Statistical Society of Australia, Victoria Branch President
Statistical Society of Australia, Victoria Branch Vice President
Statistical Society of Australia, NSW Branch Assistant Secretary
Statistical Society of Australia, NSW Branch Secretary
International Biometrics Society, Australaisan Region Social Media Coordinator
useR! 2021, Program Committee Member

awards & distinctions

2018 Sydney Institute of Agriculture Research Project Grant
Competitive grant with 36% success rate.
2011 SSA NSW Branch J. B. Douglas Award Prize
Each school/department in NSW nominates one near-final or recently-completed postgraduate student then the nominated student is required to make a 15-20 minute presentation to the audience and judging panel, followed by 5 minutes of questions. I was nominated in the second year of my Ph.D. candidature (almost all nominated students are 3rd or 4th year Ph.D. students) and I won second prize.
2010 Winter School Student Travel Bursaries
Selected by Selection Committee of Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology to attend Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology 2011, University of Queensland, Queensland.
2010 Statistical Society of Australia Inc. Student Travel Grant
Selected by Statistical Society of Australia NSW Branch Council to attend the Australian Statistical Conference 2010, Fremantle, Australia.
2010 Australian Postgraduate Award
Funded by the Australian Federal Government and awarded to students of exceptional research potential.
2008 Dean’s List for Academic Excellence
Awarded for academic excellence.
2008 Tim Brown Prize II
The Tim Brown Prize II is awarded for proficiency in Senior Statistics at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Sydney.
2008 Barker Scholarship IV
Awarded for proficiency in Senior units of study in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Sydney.


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