• The University of Western Australia (M504), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile



I am a Lecturer in Genetics in the School of Biomedical Sciences. Initially with a background in molecular genetics, I moved to Perth in 2012 to begin a postdoc at the UWA Centre for Genetic Origins of Health and Disease, where I developed my interest and skills in epidemiological and statistical genetics.


My research centres around using large, complex datasets of biological information to better understand the genetic contribution to common, complex human diseases. I have experience in the analysis of genomic, transcriptomic, methylomic and proteomic data and a particular interest in improving genetic discovery by using endophenotypes to deconstruct heterogeneous phenotypes. Much of my research has been in mental health disorders and in cardiovascular disease.

Engagement and Outreach:

I collaborate regularly with ‘Meeting for Minds’, and share their goal of ensuring that mental health research is done in partnership with people living with mental illness.

I am interested in science journalism, and I regularly provide expert comments for the Australian Science Media Centre and other media outlets.

I also set up and coordinate ‘Write Smarter Feel Better’ at UWA, a peer mentoring program aimed at improving wellbeing in HDR students.

Funding overview

I have been a CI on successful grants totalling AUD$1,186,575 since beginning at UWA in 2012, including NHMRC and NIH funding and a postdoctoral fellowship.

Education/Academic qualification

2007-2012: PhD, Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease, Royal College of surgeons in Ireland. Award date: 1 June 2012

2002-2006: BSc Genetics, University College Cork, Ireland.


I am unit coordinator for GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I.

I also teach into PATH3305.

If you are interested in studying with me as a PhD student, I currently have an opportunity available looking at the genetic contribution to different features of mental health disorders, and how this information can be used to better understand their underlying biology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Genetic epidemioloy
  • Statistical genetics
  • Genetics of cardiovascular disease
  • Genetics of psychiatric disorders
  • Genetics of complex disease
  • Family-based genetic studies


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