Statistical Genetics and Bioinformatics

Research in our group is concerned with:

  • Identifying genetic variants that influence susceptibility to complex diseases, and
  • Understanding the actions of these variants, particularly their effects on gene transcription.

We are particularly interested in the genetics of cancers and multiple sclerosis. We analyse genetic data in close collaboration with laboratory-based geneticists and clinicians. Most of our time is spent on data analysis, but we also do some methodological research.

Our group has a number of projects that are particularly suited to Honours or PhD Students.

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Research Project

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Team Members

  • Dr Jac Charlesworth (Research Fellow)
  • Dr Russell Thomson (Research Fellow)
  • Rui Lin (PhD Student)

Internal Collaborators

  • Dr Jane Zochling (Dick Buttfield Research Fellow)

Local Collaborators

  • Annette Banks (Genealogist)
  • Nicholas Blackburn (PhD Student)
  • Dr Gaetan Burgio (Research Fellow)
  • Associate Professor Joanne Dickinson (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Professor Simon Foote (Director)
  • Dr Adele Holloway (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Professor Graeme Jones (Professorial Research Fellow)
  • Professor Matthew Jose (Honorary Member)
  • Professor Ray Lowenthal (Honorary Member)
  • Dr Katherine Marsden (Honarary Member)
  • James Marthick (Senior Research Assistant)
  • Dr Brendan McMorran (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Dr Rebekah McWhirter (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
  • Professor Bruce Taylor (Principal Research Fellow)
  • Associate Professor Ingrid van der Mei (Senior Research Fellow)

External Collaborators

  • Professor Emily Hilder - University of Tasmania
  • Dr Helmet Butzkueven - University of Melbourne
  • Dr Judith Field - University of Melbourne
  • Professor Trevor Kilpatrick - Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Malcolm Horne - University of Melbourne
  • Dr Melanie Bahlo - Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Dr Tony Papenfuss - Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Associate Professor John Condon - Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin
  • Dr Pam McGrath - University of Queensland
  • Professor Matthew Brown - University of Queensland
  • Professor Wendy Hoy - University of Queensland
  • Professor Alan Baxter - James Cook University
  • Professor Nicholas Martin - Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • Dr John Blangero - Texas Biomedical Research Institute
  • Dr Sharon Browning - University of Washington
  • Dr Timothy Thornton - University of Washington
  • Associate Professor Patcharee Lertrit - Mahidol University, Thailand

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* Denotes Menzies Researcher