Dr Tod Fullston
NHMRC Research Fellow
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
Internationally I actively contribute to my field by grant assessments, peer review for international journals, and via my assistant editor role. I have gained international/national media attention for my School, Institute, and University by gaining >$514,000 of ‘advertising space rate’ reaching an audience of ~4.7 million in Australia, and internationally via numerous international websites/blogs/social media (Pub #14 above). On a national level I represent the School, Institute, and University at the NHMRC by providing expert assessment of project grants, being an ECR observer at the NHMRC grant review panel 2016, PhD thesis examination, and membership of the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty. Locally I am a member of both the School of Medicine’s and Robinson Research Institute’s ECR research councils, which advocates at many levels for discipline ECRs, fulfil the role of ECR rep on the founding ANZ DOHaD council and am a founding council member for the Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia. I also regularly present at international/national scientific conferences, local scientific symposia, and local seminar series.
Date Position Institution name 2016 - ongoing Robinson Research Institute’s Career Development Fellow University of Adelaide 2012 - 2015 NHMRC Early Career Fellow University of Adelaide 2009 - 2011 Grant Funded Research Oficer University of Adelaide 2002 - 2005 Grant Funded Scientist University of Adelaide 2000 - 2002 Research Assistant Novozymes (nee GroPep) Ltd Thebarton 1999 - 2000 Research Assistant to Dr HE Richardson University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (PhD 1999 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Hons) 1998 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Year Citation 2016 Fullston, T., Shehadeh, H., Schjenken, J. E., McPherson, N. O., Robertson, S. A., Zander-Fox, D., & Lane, M. (2016). Paternal obesity and programming of offspring health. In L. R. Green, & R. L. Hester (Eds.), Parental Obesity: Intergenerational Programming and Consequences (1 ed., pp. 105-131). New York, NY: Springer.
2015 Fullston, T., Wu, L., Teede, H., & Moran, L. (2015). Obesity and reproductive dysfunction in men and women. In R. Watson (Ed.), Handbook of fertility: Nutrition, diet, lifestyle and reproductive health (Vol. 11, 1 ed., pp. 119-132). Waltham, MA: Elsevier.
Year Citation 2010 Raymond, L., Whibley, A. C., Plagnol, V., Tarpey, P. S., Abidi, F., Fullston, T., . . . Stratton, M. R. (2010). Fine-scale Survey of X Chromosome Copy Number Variants Underlying Intellectual Disability. In JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS Vol. 47 (pp. S36). Warwick, RI: B M J PUBLISHING GROUP. 2010 Fullston, T., Mitchell, M., Owens, J., Palmer, N., Bakos, H., & Lane, M. (2010). Paternal Obesity Affects Male Offspring's Health and Sperm Function. In AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY Vol. 50 (pp. 22). WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC.
2009 Fullston, T., Mitchell, M., Wakefield, S., Filby, A., & Lane, M. (2009). Micro-Array Analysis of Fetal Mouse Brain Following Induction of Mitochondrial Dysfunction During Pre-Implantation Embryo Development.. In BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION (pp. 102). Pittsburgh, PA: SOC STUDY REPRODUCTION. 2009 Shoubridge, C., Tan, M., Fullston, T., McGillivray, G., Mancini, G., & Gecz, J. (2009). Unravelling the pathogenesis of the ARX homeobox mutations; role of IPO13. In Proceedings of 59th Annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (pp. 0 pages). USA: American Society of Human Genetics.
Year Citation 2014 Shehadeh, H., Fullston, T., Sandeman, L., Kang, W., & Lane, M. (2014). Paternal obesity impairs the reproductive health and ovarian molecular profile of their female offspring. Poster session presented at the meeting of HUMAN REPRODUCTION. Munich, GERMANY: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2011 Owens, J. A., Fullston, T., Mitchell, M., Palmer, N., Bakos, H., & Lane, M. (2011). Diet Induced Paternal Obesity Impairs the Metabolic and Reproductive Health of Two Subsequent Generations. Poster session presented at the meeting of JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL ORIGINS OF HEALTH AND DISEASE. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS.
Awards, Prizes, Travel Grants & Professional Societies
Cumulatively I have been awarded 16 travel grants worth ~$26,600 (AUD) to attend international (9) and national (7) conferences. Additionally I have received $5,600 as prize money for 6 ECR awards. I have been a member of four reproductive biology specific professional societies (SRB, SSR, FSA, SIRT) and local research specific societies (HDA, FFCMH) for 7 years, while maintaining a genetics connection with HGSA membership for 11 years. I have been a member of both the international and ANZ DOHaD societies for 2 years and sit on the inaugural ANZ DOHaD council as the as the ECR Rep. I have also recently joined the founding council of the Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (EpiCSA Inc). I have been part of the LOC/POCs for 6 national conferences (SRB 2013-14, RRI’s New Frontiers 2016, EpicSA 2016, SIRT 2016, DOHaD-ANZ 2016).
Competitive Grant Funding
*Current funding applications being considered in 2016 submission rounds 1 ARC DECRA, 1 NHMRC CDF1, 1 University of Adelaide Fellowship, 3 NHMRC project grants (AI), 1 Diabetes Australia Research Trust Millennium Grant (AI)* [All of which rely significantly on massively parallel sequencing technologies]
|2016||Current institutional funding – Robinson Research Institute (RRI) – Career Development Fellowship CIA – Fullston T||$100,000|
|2015 - 2017||NHMRC Project Grant ‘Metabolic and molecular basis of embryo signalling’ CIC – Fullston T (CIA – Prof Lane)||$397,000|
|2015 - 2016||Robinson Research Institute – Innovation Seed Funding Program ‘Perturbation of Seminal Fluid Signaling in the Female Reproductive Tract in a Mouse Model of Paternal Obesity’ CIB – Fullston T (CIA Dr Schjenken)||$25,000|
|2014 - 2015||Robinson Research Institute – Innovation Seed Funding Program ‘Human sperm microRNAs are dysregulated by obesity and are potentially biomarkers for ART outcomes’ CIA – Fullston T||$25,000|
|2014 - 2015||Robinson Research Institute – Innovation Seed Funding Program ‘Male obesity changes the methylome of sperm and impairs pregnancy outcomes in humans’ CIB – Fullston T (CIA Dr McPherson)||$20,000|
|2012 - 2015||NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, Australian Biomedical (Peter Doherty) Fellowship
‘The negative transgenerational impacts of paternal obesity are inherited through aberrant methylation and microRNA content of germ cells’ CIA – Fullston T
|2013 - 2013||Diabetes Australia Research Trust General Grant for 2013
‘Paternal obesity and programming of insulin deficiency in offspring -can it be prevented?’ CIB – Fullston T (CIA Dr Ohlsson Teague)
|2012 - 2015||NHMRC Project Grant ‘Paternal dietary signals to offspring: sperm microRNA. You are what your father ate’ AI – Fullston T (CIA Prof Lane)||$656,010|
|2011 - 2013||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Phase I ‘Determine the effect of paternal undernutrition on paternal and offspring phenotype’ CIB – Fullston T (CIA Prof Lane)||$100,000 USD|
Teaching, Supervision & Mentoring Roles
To date my HDR supervision includes 9 Honours students (3x primary; 6x co – 8 completions), co-supervised 3 PhD students (1 to completion), formally mentored a Jeffrey Robinson Honours Scholarship holder (2013) and informally mentored a further 4 ECRs, 9 PhD students and 7 Honours students. 7/8 of completed Honours students achieved the highest mark (IA). Completed students currently hold roles as a NHRMC research fellow, research assistants, PhD students, or work in related clinical/biotech fields. As part of the departments PhD annual review panel I assist PhD students to progress through their candidature (2012-15; 6-8 PhD students per year). I have also supervised a total of 6 RAs to date. At the undergraduate level I have been involved in HRHII curriculum design, lectured/tutored HRHIII undergraduate students, supervised 2nd/3rd year Genetics/HRHIII and BHs (Adv) student lab placements (total of 6) and tutored/demonstrated to 1st year Science students. From 2015-2016 I have also been formally mentoring 4 undergraduate BHs (Adv) students.
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2016 - 2021 External Supervisor Metabolic disruptions in oocytes and embryos modifies DNA and histone methylation and alters embryonic development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexander Penn 2013 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The effect of diet and exercise interventions for the treatment of male obesity induced sub fertility Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Nicole McPherson 2013 - 2019 External Supervisor The Effect of Dietary Micronutrient Supplementation on the Reproductive Health of Obese Males Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Helana Selange Shehadeh
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2017 - 2019 Chair Organising Committee Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia (EpiCSA) Inc Australia
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