Paul Dunn – Assistant Professor – Foundation Sciences, Medical Program
Paul is a biomedical scientist and geneticist with over 8 years’ experience in diagnostic genomics where he has been based at Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology in Brisbane. He recently submitted his PhD for examination at QUT and has research interests investigating genetic causes of neurological conditions such as epilepsy, CADASIL (a dementia/stroke condition), migraine, and chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. He also has been involved in teaching at Bond, where he has been convening some of the genetics subjects within the School of Biomedical sciences and has been involved as a facilitator for the small group learning sessions within the medical program.
My research interests include using genetic technologies to identify novel genetic factors that may be causative or contributing to human disease. This work has previously involved using next generation sequencing technologies, developing bioinformatics pipelines for analysis, generating populations, and analysing 4-generational families to find novel genetic causes of conditions such as epilepsy, migraine, and CADASIL.
Some of this work was funded through an NHMRC Dora Lush Biomedical Sciences postgraduate scholarship, and validation studies of some candidate mutations has been funding through the QUT Centre for Genomics Health and personalised Medicine internal grant.
More recently, my work has also focused on identifying genetic markers that contribute to chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy with collaborators at Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Metro North Health, as well as using long-read sequencing technologies to generated new tools to aid in IVF and fertility screens.