Researcher biography

Fleur Garton completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons I) in 2008 at the University of Sydney. Pursing an interest in the molecular basis of skeletal muscle function she completed her honours and PhD at the Institute of Neuroscience and Muscle research at the Children's Hospital Westmead. Here, she was part of Professor Kathryn North's team looking at the molecular mechanisms of ACTN3, the "gene for speed," on muscle adaptation. Fleur remained with the team as post-doctoral researcher and spent two years at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne. She was responsible for modelling the effect of gene dosage using rAAV vectors while helping to build the Athlome Project Consortium to understand the mechanistic extremes of performance and health. In 2016, Fleur moved to work with the Program in Complex Trait Genomics team at the University of Queensland. She was awarded a Bill Gole MND Postdoctoral fellowship from MNDRIA in 2016 and subsequently an NHMRC Early Career Researcher Fellowship in 2017 to further understand the genetic mechanisms of motor neurone disease (MND) using novel genomics analyses. Fleur currently has research projects based at the Royal Brisbane Womens Hospital and the Mater Hospital and is happy to collaborate with those with similar interests.