Primary research interest


About me

I completed my PhD at Griffith University in Brisbane in 1989, on the molecular evolution of primate alcohol dehydrogenase genes. I have held postdoctoral fellowships, awarded by the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada (1989-1992), and the Beit Memorial Trust for Medical Research at the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Oxford, UK (1992-1996), where I was involved in characterising the expression and regulation of the gene defective in Cystic Fibrosis (CFTR). I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland in 2000. In 2006, I was appointed as Associate Professor and Director of the Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre.  My research publications have been cited over 1,700 times and I have been awarded over $37M in research funding. My current research interests include the regulation of gene expression and applied research in horse genetics supporting the Australian horse racing and breeding industry.

Lab website

AEGRC Genotyping & Sequencing Facility

Funded projects

  • 2009 - 2019: Trezise, AEO; Agreement between the University of Queensland, Australian Jockey Club Ltd and Victoria Racing Club Ltd, $35M

Teaching interests

  • Second-year Dentistry (Genetics)
  • Third-year Human Molecular Genetics

Achievements and awards

  • 2010: Elected International Chair of the ISAG Equine Genetics and Thoroughbred Parentage Testing Standardization Committee (ISAG, International Society for Animal Genetics)
  • 2006: Elected as a Member of the ISAG Equine Genetics and Thoroughbred Parentage TestingStandardization Committee
  • 1997: British Heart Foundation Travelling Fellow
  • 1997: Visiting Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
  • 1994: Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford
  • 1992: Beit Memorial Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1989: Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1984: Australian Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Scholarship

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