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Associate Professor Kelly Williams is the Co-Director of Research for Macquarie Medical School at Macquarie University.

A/Prof Williams is Head of Genomics & Bioinformatics within the multidisciplinary Centre for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Research at Macquarie University. Since completion of her PhD in 2013, she have received two fellowships for genetics and genomics research into MND (3-year MNDRA Bill Gole Postdoctoral Fellowship and 4-year NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship). As one of Australia’s leading early career researchers in MND, she was recruited as a founding member of the Macquarie University Centre for MND Research

The majority of her academic career has focused on determining the genetic basis of motor neuron disease. She has played a central role in critical breakthroughs in MND through the identification of causal mutations in several genes. These seminal discoveries have opened new chapters in MND and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) research and have led to key insights into the pathology of these diseases. Her research has directly translated into clinical practice with these disease genes now added to diagnostic tests worldwide, including preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and pre-symptomatic testing. 

Research interests

A/Prof Williams’ Genomics & Bioinformatics team’s current MND research themes are uncovering ancestral cryptic relatedness in disease, identifying disease-modifying factors underlying disease variability, and bioinformatic and biostatistical analysis of omics datasets (including RNA-seq transcriptome, SNP microarray, whole genome/exome sequencing datasets and DNA methylation microarrays).



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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney

Award Date: 28 May 2013

BSc (Honours I), Macquarie University

Award Date: 19 Sept 2007

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Mar 2016Jun 2016

Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Neurogenetics & Statistical Genomics, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

May 2015Mar 2016

Research Residency, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Quebec

May 2010Aug 2010


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