Dr Matthew H. Law
Senior Research Officer
Phone: +61 7 3362 0213
Current QIMR Berghofer appointment
- 2018 – current: QIMR Berghofer Senior Research Officer, Statistical Genetics
Other current appointments
- 2019 – current: Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology
- 2018 – current: Adjunct Fellow, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
- 2011 – 2018: QIMR Berghofer Research Officer, Statistical Genetics
- 2007 – 2011: UHI Millennium Institute, UK, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Current Area of Research
I am a statistical geneticist and bioinformatician in the Statistical Genetics Laboratory. I have expertise in large data analysis, and am at the forefront of using statistical genetics techniques to identify genes which contribute to melanoma. My ongoing involvement in melanoma gene discovery is evidenced by my membership in international melanoma consortiums (e.g. GenoMEL), and publications in Nature, Nature Genetics and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
In addition to melanoma I also apply these techniques to related conditions (keratinocyte cancers, photoaging) as well as the other conditions studied in our lab.
I have published 37 papers since joining QIMR Berghofer. Highlights include:
- In 2012 I published a highly cited review of melanoma genetics in the #1 dermatology journal.
- I have played a key role on several international melanoma genome-wide association studies, and I am first author on the world’s largest international melanoma meta-analysis to identify and determine the magnitude of association of novel genomic variants with melanoma risk (Nature Genetics 2015). In total this work identified 20 regions of the genome as associated with melanoma.
- I have also participated in research understanding how these genetic variants modify melanocyte biology (Nature Genetics 2017 & Genome Research 2018) and I have applied my statistical genetics skills to related traits including skin aging (Journal of Invest. Dermatol. 2017).
- 2011 – current: GenoMEL melanoma consortium
- 2012 – current: Member of the American Society of Human Genetics
- 2013 – current: Founding member of the QIMR Berghofer Post-Doctoral committee; Committee Treasurer and sponsorship co-ordinator
- 2017 – current: Fatty Acids Mendelian Randomisation Working Group
- 2017 – current: Cross-cancer GWAS meta-analysis Working Group
- 2017 – current: GEM melanoma consortium
- 2000: BSc(Hons) Genetics, University of Adelaide, Australia
- 2007: PhD Molecular Genetics, University of Melbourne, Australia