Our Team

In 2014, Australian Genomics was formed by 50 leading researchers and clinicians, who shared vision for a national network of expert clinicians, researchers and diagnostic geneticists working to provide evidence for an effective and cost-saving approach to clinical genomics in Australia. In 2015, Australian Genomics secured $25m from the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Targeted Call for Research into Preparing Australia for the Genomics Revolution in Healthcare.

Our network has now grown to 80 partner organisations, including the diagnostic pathology and clinical genetics services of all Australian states and territories, along with all the major research and academic institutions.

Our Program and Flagship leads are based all across the country, supported by a central coordination team at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Follow the links on our leaders profiles to find out more.

Leadership

Prof Kathryn North

Lead
Australian Genomics

Director
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Prof Andrew Sinclair

Co Lead
Australian Genomics

Deputy Director
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Prof John Christodoulou

Co Lead
Australian Genomics

Chair, Genomic Medicine
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & The University of Melbourne

Coordination team

Tiffany Boughtwood

Manager
Australian Genomics

Peta Phillips

Program Coordinator
Australian Genomics

Matilda Haas

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Australian Genomics

Dorothy Illing

MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Australian Genomics

Merryn Pearce

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Australian Genomics

Sophie Bouffler

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT, GA4GH
Australian Genomics

Dotti Tang

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT
Australian Genomics

Stefanie Elbracht-Leong

DATA COORDINATOR
Australian Genomics

Vana Madelli

DATA ADMINISTRATOR
Australian Genomics

Thuan Phuong

DATA ADMINISTRATOR
Australian Genomics

Keri Finlay

PROJECT OFFICER, PROGRAM 1
Australian Genomics

Tessa Mattiske

PROJECT OFFICER, FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS
Australian Genomics

Jade Caruana

PROJECT COORDINATOR, MACKENZIE’S MISSION
Australian Genomics

Program 1 Leads

Prof Hamish Scott

DEPT OF GENETICS & MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY
Centre for Cancer Biology

Prof John Christodoulou

CHAIR, GENOMIC MEDICINE
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & The University of Melbourne

Prof Nigel Laing

LABORATORY HEAD, NEUROGENETIC DISEASE
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

Program 2 Leads

Dr David Hansen

CEO, AUSTRALIAN E-HEALTH RESEARCH CENTRE
CSIRO

Dr Natalie Thorne

PROJECT MANAGER, CLINICAL BIOINFORMATICS & GENOMICS
Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance

A/Prof Oliver Hofmann

CENTRE FOR CANCER RESEARCH
The University of Melbourne

Program 3 Leads

A/Prof Ainsley Newson

Associate Professor of Bioethics
Sydney Health Ethics
The University of Sydney

Prof Jeffrey Braithwaite

FOUNDING DIRECTOR
Australian Institute of Health Innovation
Macquarie University

DIRECTOR
Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science
Australian Institute of Health Innovation
Macquarie University

Prof Robyn Ward

EXECUTIVE DEAN, FACULTY OF MEDICINE & HEALTH
The University of Sydney

CHAIR
Medical Services Advisory Committee

Program 4 Leads

A/Prof Clara Gaff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance

Prof Sylvia Metcalfe

GROUP LEADER, GENETICS EDUCATION & HEALTH RESEARCH
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Rare Disease Flagship Leads

Prof Nigel Laing

Neuromuscular Disorders flagship

LABORATORY HEAD, NEUROGENETIC DISEASE
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

Prof John Christodoulou

Mitochondrial Disorders Flagship

CHAIR, GENOMIC MEDICINE
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & The University of Melbourne

Prof David Thorburn

MITOCHONDRIAL DISORDERS flagship

HEAD, MITOCHONDRIAL RESEARCH
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Prof Jozef Gecz

NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY flagship

LABORATORY HEAD
Neurogenetics Research Program, W&CH

PROF, ADELAIDE MEDICAL SCHOOL
The University of Adelaide

A/Prof Rick Leventer

BRAIN MALFORMATIONS & LEUKODYSTROPHIES
(Neurodevelopmental disability)

PAEDIATRIC NEUROLOGIST
The Royal Children’s Hospital

GROUP LEADER, NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

A/Prof Paul Lockhart

BRAIN MALFORMATIONS & LEUKODYSTROPHIES
(Neurodevelopmental disability)

GROUP LEADER, NEUROGENETIC RESEARCH
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

NHMRC CAREER DEVELOPMENT FELLOW

Prof Ingrid Scheffer

EPILEPTIC ENCEPHALOPATHY
(Neurodevelopmental disability)

Paediatric Neurologist, Physician Scientist
The University of Melbourne and Florey Institute

Dr Tony Roscioli

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
(Neurodevelopmental disability)

CLINICAL GENETICIST
University of NSW / Sydney Children’s Hospital

Dr Mike Field

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
(Neurodevelopmental disability)

HUNTER GENETICS

Prof Matthew Cook

Genetic Immunology Flagship

PROF, MEDICINE
ANU Medical School

DIRECTOR, IMMUNOLOGY
Canberra Hospital

A/Prof Andrew Mallett

KidGen Collaborative Renal Genetics flagship

NEPHROLOGIST
QLD Renal Genetics Service, RBWH, Metro North HHS

NATIONAL DIRECTOR
KidGen Collaborative

SENIOR LECTURER
School of Medicine, The University of Queensland

A/Prof Zornitza Stark

Acute Care Genomics Flagship

CONSULTANT CLINICAL GENETICIST
Victorian Clinical Genetics Services

CLINICAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Australian Genomics

HONORARY PRINCIPAL FELLOW
The University of Melbourne

Dr Sebastian Lunke

Acute Care Genomics Flagship

HEAD
Translational Genomics Unit
Victorian Clinical Genetics Services

Prof Chris Semsarian

Cardiovascular Genetic Disorders Flagship 

PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE
The University of Sydney

CARDIOLOGIST
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

HEAD, MOLECULAR CARDIOLOGY PROGRAM
Centenary Institute

A/Prof Julie McGaughran

Cardiovascular Genetic Disorders Flagship

MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Genetic Health Queensland, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital

Prof Adam Jaffe

ChILDRANZ FLAGSHIP
Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease in Children

HEAD, SCHOOL OF WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH
University of New South Wales

CONSULTANT, RESPIRATORY MEDICINE
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

A/Prof Andrew Mallett

‘HIDDEN’ Renal Genetics Flagship

NEPHROLOGIST
QLD Renal Genetics Service, RBWH, Metro North HHS

NATIONAL DIRECTOR
KidGen Collaborative

SENIOR LECTURER
School of Medicine, The University of Queensland

Dr Cathy Quinlan

KidGen ‘HIDDEN’ Renal Genetics Flagship

PAEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGIST
The Royal Children’s Hospital

HONORARY FELLOW
Kidney Development, Disease and Regeneration
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

VICTORIAN LEAD
KidGen Collaborative

Dr Amali Mallawaarachchi

‘HIDDEN’ Renal Genetics Flagship

NEPHROLOGIST & CLINICAL GENETICIST
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

NEPHROLOGIST 
Children’s Hospital at Westmead

GENOMICS RESEARCH
Garvan Institute of Medical Research

A/Prof Zornitza Stark

‘HIDDEN’ Renal Genetics Flagship

CONSULTANT CLINICAL GENETICIST
Victorian Clinical Genetics Services

CLINICAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Australian Genomics

HONORARY PRINCIPAL FELLOW
The University of Melbourne

Dr Chirag Patel

‘HIDDEN’ Renal Genetics Flagship

NEPHROLOGIST
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital & Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital

Dr Cas Simons

‘HIDDEN’ Renal Genetics Flagship

GROUP LEADER – TRANSLATIONAL BIOINFORMATICS
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

ADJUNCT SENIOR FELLOW
Institute for Molecular Bioscience
The University of Queensland

Cancer Flagship Leads

Prof Deborah White

TREATMENT IN ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKAEMIA (ALL) FLAGSHIP

DIRECTOR, CANCER RESEARCH
SAHMRI

PROF, MEDICINE & PAEDIATRICS
The University of Adelaide

Prof Stephen Fox

TARGETED TREATMENT ON CLINICAL GENE PANELS FLAGSHIP

GROUP LEADER & DIRECTOR OF PATHOLOGY
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Prof Robyn Ward

HEREDITARY CANCER SYNDROMES – ICCon FLAGSHIP

EXECUTIVE DEAN, FACULTY OF MEDICINE & HEALTH
The University of Sydney

CHAIR
Medical Services Advisory Committee

Prof David Thomas

MANAGING PATIENT RISK – AYA / PAED FLAGSHIP

DIRECTOR, THE KINGHORN CANCER CENTRE
Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Mackenzie's Mission

Prof Edwin Kirk

MACKENZIE’S MISSION
Principal Investigator & Clinical Co Lead

WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH
University of New South Wales

GENETIC PATHOLOGIST
NSW Health Pathology

CLINICAL GENETICIST & CO HEAD
Centre for Clinical Genetics, Sydney Children’s Hospital

Prof Martin Delatycki

MACKENZIE’S MISSION
Principal Investigator & Clinical Co Lead

CLINICAL GENETICIST & CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Victorian Clinical Genetics Services

DIRECTOR BRUCE LEFROY CENTRE
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Prof Nigel Laing

MACKENZIE’S MISSION
Principal Investigator

LABORATORY HEAD, NEUROGENETIC DISEASES GROUP
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

CENTRE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH
The University of Western Australia