Richard Saffery, PhD, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Richard Saffery is NHMRC Senior Research Fellow with 20 years experience in Molecular and Cellular Biology, including 15 in the field of human epigenetics. He heads the Cancer & Disease Epigenetics laboratory at MCRI that uses state-of-the-art multidisciplinary approaches, encompassing genetic, environmental and epigenetic analysis, to understand early development and complex disease. Dr Saffery has published over 120 papers, including several recent important discoveries about the interaction of genetic, environmental, temporal and tissue-specific factors in regulating the early life DNA methylation in humans. His team have received over $10 million in grant funding since 2000 including, 2 NHMRC Healthy Start to Life, 8 NHMRC project grants and an NHMRC:EU grant. Since 2006 CI Saffery’s team have developed an international reputation in early life human epigenetics as reflected by many international invitations to present his work. Most recently, Dr Saffery has been appointed as a Work Package leader of a large multinational European Commission (FP7) funded project examining the early life determinants of metabolic disorders in children.