Centre for Population & Disease Genomics

Harnessing genomics to overcome disease

Genetic factors contribute to 19 of the top 20 causes of death in Australia. We study the genome to improve diagnosis and treatment associated with common diseases such as heart disease, endometriosis, motor neurone disease, liver disease and diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and psychiatric disorders.

Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of personalised or precision medicine, where prediction, prevention and treatment of disease are based on an individual’s genome, rather than the current one-size-fits-all basis.

A key feature of our research is the development of methods and software for analysis of genetic and genomic big data. These are used by researchers around the world, compounding the impact of our work.


Professor Grant Montgomery

Professor Grant Montgomery

Interim Director, Centre for Population & Disease Genomics

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  • Statistical genomics
  • Spatial transcriptomics
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Population genetics
  • Systems genomics
  • Genomics of complex traits 

Disease focus

  • Neuropsychiatric disorders
  • Endometriosis
  • Cancer
  • Neurological disorders

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