Investigator Profiles

Professor Melanie Bahlo

Chief Investigator

Professor Melanie Bahlo is the Lead of the Healthy Development and Ageing Theme at WEHI. Professor Bahlo's research focuses on developing new methods to analyse complex genetic data.

Professor Angela Morgan

Chief Investigator

Professor Angela Morgan is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and leads the Speech & Language group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She has over 20 years of clinical-research experience. Her current research focuses on speech and language phenotyping in genetic conditions.

Professor Sheena Reilly

Chief Investigator

Professor Sheena Reilly is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) at Griffith University. Her research focuses on understanding speech (including stuttering), language and literacy development in children. She was the lead investigator of the landmark Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS).

Professor Simon Fisher

Chief Investigator

Professor Simon Fisher is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Professor of Language and Genetics at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Professor Fisher and his colleagues discovered the first gene implicated in speech and language impairment, FOXP2.


Dr Victoria Jackson

Chief Investigator

Dr Victoria Jackson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at WEHI. She applies new statistical methods to solve complex genetic problems.

Professor Lynette Sadleir

New Zealand Chief Investigator

Professor Lynette Sadleir leads the Epilepsy Research Group, at the University of Otago, Wellington. Professor Sadleir is a physician scientist with expertise in epilepsy phenotyping and paediatric neurology.

Key Collaborators

Professor David Amor - Clinical Geneticist

Associate Professor Nathan Gillespie - Statistical Geneticist

Associate Professor Michael Hildebrand - Geneticist

Associate Professor Frederique Liegeois - Neuroscientist

Professor Nicholas Martin - Statistical Geneticist

Professor Sarah Medland - Statistical Geneticist

Professor Ingrid Scheffer - Neurologist

Associate Professor Adam Vogel - Speech Recording Analyst

Associate Professor Andrew Whitehouse - Raine Cohort Co-ordinator

Professor David Whiteman - QSkin Study Lead


Thank you to all participants!