Dr Kathryn Burdon

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (4D:111)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Burdon completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in both biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Tasmania in 1998. She undertook an honours research year in 1999 looking at the genetics of strabismus (or turned eye) which causes visual impairment in children. In 2000 she received an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake her PhD in the area of congenital cataract genetics which causes severe visual impairment and blindness in children. Following submission of her thesis in 2003 she travelled to North Carolina, USA, to take up a post-doctoral position at the Human Genomics Centre at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Here she studied the genetics of cardiovascular disease in diabetes. In 2005 she returned to Australia to take up a position in Ophthalmology at Flinders University, where she remains. In 2006 she was awarded an NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship and in 2010 an NHMRC Career Development Award to further her research.

Qualifications
PhD, University of Tasmania, 2004. Thesis Title: Investigation of Cataract Genetics
BSc (Hons) University of Tasmania, 1999
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2010-2013 NHMRC Career Development Award
  • 2010 Inagural Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers, Flinders University
  • 2009 South Australia Young Tall Poppy Science Award
  • 2006-2009 NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship
  • 2000-2003 Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 1998 Dean's Roll for Excellence, University of Tasmania
  • 1997 Dean's Roll for Excellence, University of Tasmania
Key responsibilities
Undertaking research in the area of ophthalmic genetics.
Research expertise
Genetics
Ophthalmology and optometry
Research interests

Dr Burdon's research interest is in identification of genes for common blinding diseases and how these genes can be used in clinical care. She has been working in the field of ophthalmic genetics for 12 years, beginning with the identification of the gene for Nance-Horan Syndrome. Knowledge of the gene for this disease has since been used to perform pre-implantation diagnosis, pre-natal in utero diagnosis and genetic counselling for carriers and families of patients.

Dr Burdon uses a variety of methodologies to interrogate the genome including linkage analysis in well characterised families and association analysis at both gene and genome level. Most recently she has been conducting genome-wide association studies with recent publicaions in the areas of glaucoma and keratoconus and a large project underway in diabetic retinopathy. She has supervised students in the area of gene mapping for complex diseases using genome-wide association, candidate gene studies and animal models.

Supervisory interests
Disease associated genetic variants
Genetics of eye diseases
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Genetics of Congenital Cataract (1)
Associate supervisor: Molecular biology and genetics of Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy (1), Genetics of glaucoma progression (1), Genetics of Diabetic Retinopathy (1), Genetics of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (1)
Completion
Associate supervisor: Genetics of Corneal Thickness (1), Genetics of Diabetic Retinopathy (1), Genetics of Angle Closure Glaucoma (1), EPHA2 gene in Congenital Cataract (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Dr Sotoodeh Abhary

Best oral student presentation RANZCO annual meeting - NOV 2009

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