Duyen Pham

Duyen Pham

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

I have a strong interest and passion for uncovering the molecular mechanism(s) of early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) including epilepsy, intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As a mother of a son with ASD, these debilitating conditions are very close to my heart. I am committed to working towards translating research outcomes to benefit those children and families who are affected by girls clustering epilepsy (GCE) and other NDDs.

Contribution to my field of research: I have made significant contributions in the field of cancer biology and human genetic diseases. I have published 11 papers, 7 research papers, 2 method papers and 2 book chapters. Over the last 5 years, I have published in high-ranking journals, including, Hum Mol Genet, Oncogene, Oncotarget and Eur J Hum Genet. My papers have been cited >120 times since 2012. I was the first to implicate a novel role of PCDH19, a cell communication cell adhesion molecule in gene expression. I am now turning my attention to discovery proteins and gene networks in relation to Girls Clustering Epilepsy.

Collaborations: I have maintained strong collaborative links with Prof Stuart Pitson and Dr Melissa Pitman (who is an expert in protein structure modelling) from the Centre for Cancer Biology and recently we have collaborated in the research project involving in silico and in vitro assessment of PCDH19 gene variations. I have recently established a collaboration network with Prof Sam Berkovic and Dr Slave Petrovski from the Epi4k consortium to have access to various different PCDH19 variants that are likely important in other developmental disorders involving epilepsies and intellectual disability, which we have, include in our studies.

  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award Travel Grants Program Robinson Research Institute, The University of Adelaide Australia $1500
    2014 Award Best Primary Research Paper Centre for Cancer Biology, UniSA Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Vietnamese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD in Biomedical Sciences
    University of South Australia, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
    University of South Australia, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Medical & Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Research Interests

  • 2016. Investigation of PCDH19 protein and gene networks in neurodevelopmental disorders. WCH Foundation Research Project Grant $75,000 
  • 2015. Genotype phenotype investigations in PCDH19-Female Epilepsy. WCH Foundation Research Project Grant $74,920


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