Karissa Barthelson

Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Karissa Barthelson is a Race Against Dementia - Dementia Australia Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Childhood Dementia Research Group in FHMRI.

Her research aims to understand shared mechanisms between adult- and childhood-onset dementia, with a focus on Alzhiemer's disease and Sanfilippo syndrome. She utilises a wide variety of disease modelling systems including cell lines, zebrafish and mouse models. Her ultimate goal is to translate novel therapeutic strategies to benefit all people living with dementia, regardless of age of onset.

For her full list of publications, see here


Bachelor of Science (Hons Class 1, 2017). The University of Adelaide.

PhD (2021). The University of Adelaide.

Honours, awards and grants

2015: Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, The University of Adelaide.

2017: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

2018: Runner up – Best Student Oral Presentation. Australia-Japan Joint Neurodegenerative Disease Symposium

2019: University of Adelaide Research Travel Grant

2021: Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

2021: The Harold Woolhouse Prize. The annual prize for the best thesis produced in the Faculty of Sciences at The University of Adelaide.

2021: Race Against Dementia – Dementia Australia Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

2021: National MPS Society Cycle III Grant. Co-investigator.

2022: D.G. Catcheside Prize. The annual award for the top doctoral student in the field of genetics from the Genetics Society of Australasia

Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Dementia (1)