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Senior Research Officer

BSc (Hons), PhD

Dr Vanessa Fear has a Bachelor of Science (honours) with a double major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia. (1990). She completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia (1998) in cellular biology and cell signalling under the supervision of Professor Peter Klinken. Subsequently she went on to a post-doctoral research placement at Murdoch University and developed an interest in the study of Type I interferon subtypes and their role in viral infection. Dr Fear then joined the Drug Discovery Unit at Telethon Kids Institute to develop their reverse yeast two hybrid screening technology. In 2009 Dr Fear commenced work with the Asthma and Allergy group at Telethon Kids Institute. In addition, Dr Fear initiated a research project investigating immune system dysfunction following burn injury and surgery with Professor Fiona Wood. Dr Fear then went on to investigate tumour surgery with lymph node resection and the corollary for onset of metastatic disease, and efficacy of immunotherapy.

Vanessa Fear has held a position with the Telethon Kids Institute, Genetic and Rare Diseases team as Senior Research Officer since 2018. Within this team her work focuses on application of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology of pluripotent stem cells to assist with diagnoses of paediatric patients with genetic and rare diseases.

View her publications here.