Tod Fullston

Tod Fullston

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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

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.

  • Appointments

    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
  • Education

    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)
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 ObesityCIB – 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 outcomesCIA – 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 humansCIB – 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?’ CIBFullston 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

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