Researcher biography

Fleur Garton is a researcher focused on improving outcomes for those with a neurological disease. She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons I) in 2008 at the University of Sydney. Pursing an interest in the molecular basis of skeletal muscle function she completed her honours and PhD at the Institute of Neuroscience and Muscle research at the Children's Hospital Westmead. Fleur spent two-years as post-doctoral researcher at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne. She was responsible for modelling the effect of gene dosage using rAAV vectors while helping to contribute to studies on human performance and health. In 2016, Fleur moved to work with Professor Naomi Wray at the Program in Complex Trait Genomics team at the University of Queensland. She was awarded a Bill Gole MND Postdoctoral fellowship from MNDRA in 2016, an NHMRC Early Career Researcher Fellowship (2017-2022) and is now the Scott Sullivan MND Research Fellow (2022). Her research program aims to further understand the genetic mechanisms of motor neurone disease (MND/ALS) using novel genomics analyses. This includes investigations into the use of cell-free DNA and other 'omic data to improve diagnosis and treatment. Fleur currently has research projects running at the Royal Brisbane Womens Hospital and the Mater Hospital together with local and international collaborators. Any potential participants or collaborators are encouraged to contact her on email about these projects.