Kristy Kolc

Miss Kristy Kolc

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


A skilled and knowledgeable researcher with a passion for helping others. I work extremely well as part of a team and I am a motivated self-starter. I have over 10 years experience working in tertiary education in a variety of roles. I am adaptable and embrace challenges with a “can-do” attitude. I am dedicated and passionate about my work, with a strong desire to make a substantial and positive impact in research as well as towards the success of the organisation and my own career growth.

My honours research was conducted at Macquarie University in Sydney and involved investigating a potential therapeutic for methamphetamine addiction using an animal model. My current research involves an exploration of the clinical and molecular expressivity associated with protocadherin-19 (PCDH19) mutations and girls clustering epilepsy.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Demonstrator, Research Placement (Neuroscience) University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2018 Teaching Assistant, Biological and Psychosocial Factors in Addictions University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 - 2015 Research Assistant Macquarie University
    2014 - 2015 Undergraduate Scholar Macquarie University
    2014 - 2014 Accessibility Coach Macquarie University
    2013 - 2015 Educator Camp Australia
    2012 - 2013 Clinic Coordinator and Therapist MindSpot Clinic
    2012 - 2013 Peer-Assisted Learning Coach and Founder Macquarie University
    2006 - 2012 Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Assistant Macquarie University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Invitation Graduate speaker at the Human Sciences graduation ceremony Macquarie University Australia
    2015 Award The Head of Department Prize Macquarie University Australia $100
    2015 Award The Department of Psychology Prize for Psychopathology Macquarie University Australia $100
    2014 Award The Department of Psychology Prize for Principles of Psychological Assessment Macquarie University Australia $100
    2012 Award Mollie Thomson Prize Macquarie University Australia $150
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine
    Macquarie University Australia Honours (First Class) Degree of Bachelor of Science - Psychology
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Kolc, K., Sadleir, L., Scheffer, I., Ivancevic, A., Roberts, R., Pham, D., & Gecz, J. (2018). A systematic review and meta-analysis of 271 PCDH19-variant individuals identifies psychiatric comorbidities, and association of seizure onset and disease severity. Molecular Psychiatry, 24(2), 1-11.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS4
    2017 Pham, D., Tan, C., Homan, C., Kolc, K., Corbett, M., McAninch, D., . . . Gecz, J. (2017). Protocadherin 19 (PCDH19) interacts with paraspeckle protein NONO to co-regulate gene expression with estrogen receptor alpha (ERα). Human Molecular Genetics, 26(11), 2042-2052.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC2
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2016 McLachlan, K., & Kolc, K. L. (2016). The Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Program at Macquarie University: Exploring Critical Success Factors.. In C. Pratt (Ed.), The diversity of university-community engagement: An international perspective (pp. 47-56). Pulau Pinang, Malaysia: Asia Pacific University-Community Engagement Network.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Pham, D., Kolc, K. L., Schulz, R., Corbett, M., Gardner, A., Pitson, S., . . . Gecz, J. (2016). In vitro and in silico assessment of PCDH19 variation. In Human Epilepsy - Understanding biology to improve outcomes. Vibe Hotel, Marysville VIC.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2018 Kolc, K. L. (2018). PCDH19 systematic review and questionnaire preliminary
    findings
    . Poster session presented at the meeting of Translational Neurogenetics Retreat 2018.
    2017 Kolc, K. L. (2017). Male mosaics with PCDH19-GCE. Poster session presented at the meeting of Epilepsy Research Mini-Retreat 2017. Melbourne, Victoria.
    2017 Kolc, K. L. (2017). Neuropsychiatric profile of protocadherin-19 girls clustering epilepsy (PCDH19-GCE): A systematic review. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2017 Epilepsy Research Retreat. Marysville, VIC.
    2017 Kolc, K. L. (2017). Neuropsychiatric profile of PCDH19 epilepsy:
    A systematic review and meta-analysis
    . Poster session presented at the meeting of World Conference on PCDH19: Scientific Research Status and Therapeutic Perspectives. Rome.
  • Position: PhD Candidate
  • Phone: 83137984
  • Email: kristy.kolc@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 8
  • Room: WS8071.09
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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