Australian National Phenome Centre

The Australian National Phenome Centre is situated in the Harry Perkins South building in Perth, Western Australia. This is co-located with the South Metropolitan Health Service COVID-19 Research Response (CRR) team, Western Australian DNA Bank, and close to PathWest Laboratories and major clinical facilities.

Collectively, these entities are uniquely placed to deliver hard science about the COVID-19 infections as they occur in the general population and set the benchmark for international research into the virus.

The outcome will be a genuinely unique WA driven translational response to the viral threat and a critical part of the clinical trials conducted at the Fiona Stanley Hospital site.

The ANPC laboratories are at PC2 level of biosecurity accredited (suitable for COVID-19 containing samples) and have some of the best instrumentation in the world for this type of diagnostic and prognostic discovery.

The Health Futures Institute at Murdoch also houses one of the most advanced genotyping facilities in Australia, led by Associate Professor Mark Watson, and has already developed a COVID-19 test capability.

The ANPC will work closely with this group and PathWest laboratories to create new diagnostic and prognostics markers of COVID-19 for WA, the nation and the world.

Professor Jeremy Nicholson

Professor Jeremy Nicholson

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

An internationally renowned pioneer in metabolic phenotyping and systems medicine, Professor Nicholson will be leading the ANPC. He currently holds the appointment of Pro Vice Chancellor for the Health Future Institute at Murdoch University. He is a Highly Cited Scholar who has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers on molecular aspects of body systems medicine. A Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Science, Professor Nicolson comes to WA from Imperial College London where he was the founding director of the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre.
Professor Elaine Holmes

Professor Elaine Holmes

Premier's Fellow in Phenomics

A distinguished computational biologist and Highly Cited Scholar, Professor Holmes has been appointed the 2018 WA Premier’s Fellow in Phenomics. She will be progressing research on maternal and infant health, liver and gastrointestinal disease and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, and dementia. She is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, and was Head of the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine at Imperial College London.