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Genetic studies of human evolution win researcher 2011 Gani Medal
Date:12/8/2010

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Dr Oshlack said her methodologies for investigating gene expression and control could be applied to many aspects of human biology and medical genetics. She is pioneering analysis of new DNA sequencing technology for studying gene expression and has also been involved in projects to uncover the genetic causes of human disease and changes in gene expression and control in different cancers.

"The biggest challenge is integrating the information on how genes are expressed and controlled to make new discoveries about the normal function of cells and the changes that lead to disease," Dr Oshlack said.

Institute director Professor Doug Hilton said the methodologies Dr Oshlack has developed have the potential to reveal unprecedented detail about gene expression and control.

"In her young career, Alicia has made a major contribution in the field of gene expression in human genetics and evolution," Professor Hilton said. "Her prolific research in methodology and designing and interpreting genomics data will lead to a greater understanding of gene control in human disease."

Dr Oshlack is the second Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researcher to be awarded the Gani Medal, with Dr Marnie Blewitt receiving the prize in 2008.


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Contact: Liz Williams
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Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
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