Our Team

Chriselle Hickerton
Research Assistant
Chriselle currently lives in Melbourne. After many years of working in the disability field in various capacities she decided she was looking for something different. A return to study ignited an interest in genetics and genetic counselling. She completed a Masters in Genetic Counselling at The University of Melbourne in 2007 and has worked in research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute since, as a research assistant and research genetic counsellor. Chriselle is also a Tutor at The University of Melbourne for the undergraduate subject "Genetics, Health and Society". Her work has included: exploring the 'lived experience' and impact of genetic conditions and genetic testing, especially in prenatal and carrier screening settings; recruiting families for studies aimed at reducing the 'diagnostic odyssey' and improving genetic testing methods; and in understanding the societal impact of new genomic technologies.