Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
In my research, I investigate the molecular underpinnings of cognition and psychiatric disorders. I'm interested in understanding what genes play a role in major depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, to what extent they overlap with cognitive functioning, and how the interaction between these genes affects biological pathways implicated in these psychiatric conditions. In particular, I'm interested in utilising integrative approaches allowing to bridge multiple levels of -omics abstraction with clinical data. This may provide new insights into the pathophysiology of psychiatric conditions and cognition, identify clinically relevant biological markers of disease and suggest novel therapeutic targets. I use next‐generation sequencing (NGS) and a range of statistical and bioinformatics techniques from classical candidate gene association analysis to genome-wide network approach and machine learning.
Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Foundation 2018 Project Grant. Clark SR, Ciobanu L, Baune BT. “Patterns of gene expression in chronic psychosis associated with cognitive and general function.” (AUD 50,000)
Australian Defence Force 2020. Ciobanu L, Clark SR, Aidman E. "Structural and functional correlates of cognitive functioning to inform on modifiable factors of cognitive fitness." (AUD 141,660)
Adjunct Associate Lecturer (Fundamentals of Biological Psychiatry, PSYCHIAT 3200)
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