Prof Thomas Pfeiffer

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Professor in Computational Biology/Biochemistry

New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study

Contact details
Telephone: +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43273
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Professional

Professional Biography

Programme Director, BNatSci

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Biology; Evolutionary Biology; Metabolic Biochemistry; Computational Biology

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Adaptation (060303): Biological Sciences (060000): Cell Metabolism (060104): Evolutionary Biology (060300): Life Histories (060308): Synthetic Biology (060113): Systems Biology (060114)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

PositionCurrentCompleted
Project Leader01

Research Outputs

Journal

Widder, S., Allen, RJ., Pfeiffer, T., Curtis, TP., Wiuf, C., Sloan, WT., . . . Soyer, OS. (2016). Challenges in microbial ecology: Building predictive understanding of community function and dynamics. ISME Journal. 10(11), 2557-2568
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T., Rainey, P.
Dreber, A., Pfeiffer, T., Almenberg, J., Isaksson, S., Wilson, B., Chen, Y., . . . Wachter, KW. (2015). Using prediction markets to estimate the reproducibility of scientific research. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112(50), 15343-15347
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Munafo, MR., Pfeiffer, T., Altmejd, A., Heikensten, E., Almenberg, J., Bird, A., . . . Dreber, A. (2015). Using prediction markets to forecast research evaluations. Royal Society Open Science. 2(10)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., & Morley, A. (2014). An evolutionary perspective on the Crabtree effect. Metabolomics. 1, 17-17
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Okeke, IN., Manning, RS., & Pfeiffer, T. (2014). Diagnostic schemes for reducing epidemic size of african viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. 8(9), 1148-1159
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., Gao, XA., Mao, A., Chen, Y., & Rand, DG. (2012). Adaptive polling for information aggregation. Proceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 1, 122-128
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Evangelou, E., Siontis, KC., Pfeiffer, T., & Ioannidis, JPA. (2012). Perceived information gain from randomized trials correlates with publication in high-impact factor journals. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 65(12), 1274-1281
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., Tran, L., Krumme, C., & Rand, DG. (2012). The value of reputation. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 9(76), 2791-2797
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., Bertram, L., & Ioannidis, JPA. (2011). Quantifying selective reporting and the Proteus phenomenon for multiple datasets with similar bias. PLoS ONE. 6(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Soyer, OS., & Pfeiffer, T. (2010). Evolution under fluctuating environments explains observed robustness in metabolic networks. PLoS Computational Biology. 6(8)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., & Almenberg, J. (2010). Prediction markets and their potential role in biomedical research - A review. BioSystems. 102(2-3), 71-76
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Novak, M., Pfeiffer, T., Ackermann, M., & Bonhoeffer, S. (2009). Bacterial growth properties at low optical densities. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology. 96(3), 267-274
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Rutte, C., & Pfeiffer, T. (2009). Evolution of reciprocal altruism by copying observed behaviour. Current Science. 97(11), 1573-1578
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Almenberg, J., Kittlitz, K., & Pfeiffer, T. (2009). An experiment on prediction markets in science. PLoS ONE. 4(12)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Rand, DG., & Pfeiffer, T. (2009). Systematic differences in impact across publication tracks at PNAS. PLoS ONE. 4(12)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., & Hoffmann, R. (2009). Large-scale assessment of the effect of popularity on the reliability of research. PLoS ONE. 4(6)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Rand, DG., Pfeiffer, T., Dreber, A., Sheketoff, RW., Wernerfelt, NC., & Benkler, Y. (2009). Dynamic remodeling of in-group bias during the 2008 residential election. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 106(15), 6187-6191
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., Rand, DG., & Dreber, A. (2009). Decision-making in research tasks with sequential testing. PLoS ONE. 4(2)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Schuster, S., Kreft, JU., Schroeter, A., & Pfeiffer, T. (2008). Use of game-theoretical methods in biochemistry and biophysics. Journal of Biological Physics. 34(1-2 SPEC. ISS.), 1-17
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Schuster, S., Pfeiffer, T., & Fell, DA. (2008). Is maximization of molar yield in metabolic networks favoured by evolution?. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 252(3), 497-504
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Steiner, UK., & Pfeiffer, T. (2007). Optimizing time and resource allocation trade-offs for investment into morphological and behavioral defense. American Naturalist. 169(1), 118-129
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., & Hoffmann, R. (2007). Temporal patterns of genes in scientific publications. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 104(29), 12052-12056
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., & Nowak, MA. (2006). Climate change: All in the game. Nature. 441(7093), 583-584
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Novak, M., Pfeiffer, T., Lenski, RE., Sauer, U., & Bonhoeffer, S. (2006). Experimental tests for an evolutionary trade-off between growth rate and yield in E. coli. American Naturalist. 168(2), 242-251
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.
Pfeiffer, T., & Nowak, MA. (2006). Digital cows grazing on digital grounds. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 16(22), R946-R949
[Journal article]Authored by: Pfeiffer, T.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

PositionCurrentCompleted
Supervisor20
CoSupervisor02

Courses Coordinated

  • 246.102 Core Skills for Natural Scientists
  • 246.301 Special Topic in Natural Sciences
  • 246.302 Research Themes in Natural Sciences
  • 246.700 Advanced Research Themes In Natural Sciences
  • 247.300 Research in Biosciences

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Siwen Pan- PhD
    Frontiers in Decision Theory
  • 2016 - Yuriy Pichugin- PhD
    Theoretical investigation into the origins of multicellularity

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