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Identifying genetic and environmental factors causing birth defects

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Professor Sally Dunwoodie
Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute


Bio

Sally Dunwoodie gained a PhD researching muscle development, at the Children’s Medical Research Institute, University of Sydney. She undertook postdoctoral training in embryology at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. There she identified numerous genes required for mouse embryogenesis. She joined the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in 2000 and has defined genetic causes of various congenital defects, with diagnostic genetic tests now available worldwide. Sally’s team is also exploring the impact that environmental factors and gene-environment interaction have on mammalian embryogenesis. She has received awards including the Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology (ANZSCDB) Emerging Leader Award (2008), NSW Premier's Woman of the Year Award finalist (2016), NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Medical Biological Science (2017), and ANZSCDB President’s Medal (2018).