Bharti Morar

Dr, BSc MSc PhD Wits

  • The University of Western Australia (M519), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Bharti Morar is a molecular geneticist whose research has focused on the areas of disease and population genetics. Her scientific career has evolved from using neutral genetic variation and novel Mendelian disorders to study population migrations to a search for genetic variants with a role in complex diseases such as epilepsy and schizophrenia.

Following a PHD at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2000, she joined the research team of Prof Luba Kalaydjieva in Western Australia as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate the biological history of the Roma/Gypsies. She continued working with this team for a few more years to identify and understand the role of genes contributing to Mendelian and complex diseases in this young founder population.

She has been part of the Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry research team since 2008 and has worked on projects aimed at identifying schizophrenia susceptibility genes in the Western Australian Family Study of Schizophrenia sample. She also manages the CCRN Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical research.

Roles and responsibilities

Manage the WAFFS Genetics Laboratory, including biospecimen processing and maintenance of related databases

Contribute to the design, data generation/analyses and manuscripts related to molecular studies in the WAFFSS sample

Reviewer for the Scientific Review Subcommittee of the SCGH Human Research Ethics Committee

Previous positions

Laboratory Research Officer, CCRN, NMAHS (May 2011-June2014)

Research Fellow, Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research (previously known as The Western Australian Institute for Medical Research), Centre for Medical Research, University of Western Australia (Jan2001-Dec2007; May2008-April2011)

Current projects

Klotho gene variants and cognition

Exome sequencing of 88 WAFSS families with schizophrenia

Psychosis research in Mongolia

Teaching overview

Laboratory training/supervision of postgraduate students and research staff

Supervision of work experience students, including participants in the UWA/Shenton College initiative under the 'Learning Links Program'

Molecular Techniques course for BSc (Hons) and 3rd year Medical students


Schizophrenia Genetics


English (fluent)
Gujarati (fluent)
Hindi (fluent)
Afrikaans (basic)


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