Dr Jac Charlesworth University of Tasmania
Jac is a computational geneticist at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Tasmania. She has a particular interest in complex disease gene discovery using next-gen sequencing in large families, and of using ‘normal’ population variation to inform disease research. She is currently searching for rare variants involved in neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, eye diseases including glaucoma, and other complex traits including cancers, diabetes and normal brain structural variation.
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Associate Professor Kathryn Burdon University of Tasmania
Kathryn Burdon is a Principal Research Fellow in genetics at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania. She completed her Bachelor of Science and PhD in the genetics of childhood cataract at the University of Tasmania in 2004 before taking up a postdoctoral position at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, investigating the genetic basis of diabetic heart disease. She returned to Australia to take up a position in the Department of Ophthalmology at Flinders University in Adelaide, where she established a research program on the genetics of eye diseases before finally returning to Tasmania and the Menzies in 2014. Her research focuses on identifying genetic variants that lead to blinding eye diseases in children and adults and how that information can help patients. She leads a dynamic research team utilising many genomics technologies and analysis techniques to unlock the secrets of the human genome.