Our Team

Professor Sylvia Metcalfe
Lead Investigator

Sylvia has a biochemistry research background, having worked in London, New York and Melbourne. Since 1997 her research interest moved away from the laboratory to include understanding of genetics by the community and health professionals, especially in terms of the societal and personal implications of genetic technologies, genetic screening and testing, and the impact of genetic diagnoses. She has authored more than a 100 peer-reviewed publications. She teaches human genetics to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Melbourne, as well as providing continuing professional development nationally and internationally. She has produced a wide range of educational materials, comprising multimedia, print and online resources. Her current research interest is in understanding the social implications of genetic and genomic testing and to inform the education of health professionals and the community as a whole.