After completing a Ph.D. at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in 1996 on malaria genomics, he researched the genetic basis of human neurological diseases at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford (UK). He was awarded a Howard Florey Post-doctoral Fellowship (Royal Society, London) in 1997 and was instrumental in the discovery of the gene for chorea acanthocytosis. He returned to WEHI in 1999 as Project Leader in the Genes-CRC. 
In 2004, he was awarded an NHMRC Biomedical Career Development Award and in the same year established The Neurogenetics Laboratory at the Howard Florey Institute. From 2007-2009 he led the ANZgene MS Genetics Consortium’s whole genome scan project, which identified CD40 and CYP27B1 as novel susceptibility genes for MS. He is currently Chair of the ANZgene MS Genetics Consortium. 


In 2009, he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship, which he declined in order to take a position in the Genetics Division at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK, UK). At GSK, he led a programme of genetic and pharmacogenomic research supporting drug development across the pipeline, with a particular focus on the neuroscience and infectious diseases therapy areas. 
In 2015, he was recruited back to Australia to take up a joint appointment in human genetics at The University of Melbourne (Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics) and The Florey. Since his return, he has established a research program in single cell genomics and next-generation sequencing, and is seeking to leverage these capabilities to dissect the pathogenesis of neurological diseases such as MS and motor neuron disease. 


He has published 67 manuscripts in distinguished journals such as Nature, Nature Genetics and Cell, and has 9 manuscripts with >100 citations. He has an h-index of 32 and i10-index of 50. His research has attracted 5,433 citations (Google scholar 17/05/18).

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    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
    30 Royal Parade
    Parkville
    3052
    Victoria
    Australia

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