Liliana Ciobanu

Dr Liliana Ciobanu

NHMRC Grant-Funded Researcher C

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

As a leader of the Cognitive Genomics research group, I investigate the molecular underpinnings of cognitive functioning in healthy individuals as well as in people with psychiatric disorders. My current work is focused on examining the genome-informed structure of cognitive functioning to develop biology-based assessment tools for cognitive functioning in high-performance occupations. I'm also 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. Available for HDR supervision.


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)


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Principal Supervisor Higher Dietary Inflammatory Index Scores Are Associated with Depression and Anxiety in IBS Patients: An Observational Followed by an Interventional Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Mahnaz Reisian
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor The burden and prevalence of depressive disorders in Australia from 1990 to 2019: Findings from the GBD 2019 The University of Adelaide Honours degree of Bachelor of Psychological Science Honours Full Time Mikayla Ann Sloan
    2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Patterns of gene expression in chronic psychosis associated with cognitive and general function The University of Adelaide - Honours Full Time Edward Luong
  • Position: NHMRC Grant-Funded Researcher C
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 6
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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