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Biography

Dr Tong's research focus is to identify and characterize genetic susceptibility loci for psychiatric conditions including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She uses genetic association and haplotype analyses to investigate the relationship between DNA variants and ADHD. With background in molecular biology, Dr Tong utilizes biochemical techniques to detect allele-specific gene expression in mammalian cell lines. More broadly she is interested in the underlying genetic influences on cognition traits such as attention and impulse control.

Dr Janette Tong completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology at the University of Melbourne. She received her first-class honours degree in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne, Bio21 Institute in 2008. Late 2008 she was awarded the Monash Graduate Scholarship and Faculty of Medicine International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to embark on her PhD in the laboratories of Dr Kip Gabriel and Professor Trevor Lithgow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University. In 2011, Janette received an award from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) Youth Travel Fund to travel and give an oral presentation on her work at the EMBO conference in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy. Following completion of her PhD in 2013, Janette joined the School of Psychological Sciences as a Research Fellow. In 2014, she was awarded a Faculty Bridging Fellowship to look at developing a patho-physiological model for ADHD. In 2015, Janette and her mentors, Professor Mark Bellgrove and Dr Ziarih Hawi, have been awarded the Faculty Platform Access Grant to study the role of transcription factor binding at risk variants of ADHD.

Keywords

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • genetics
  • gene expression
  • ipsc
  • electrophysiology

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2011 2017

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Tong, J., Hawi, Z. & Bellgrove, M. A. 2017 Developmental Disorders of the Brain. Rinehart, N., Bradshaw, J. & Enticott, P. (eds.). 2nd ed. Routledge, p. 119-138 20 p. (Brain, Behaviour and Cognition Series)

Research output: Other - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Rare DNA variants in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene increase risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: a next-generation sequencing study

Hawi, Z., Cummins, T. D. R., Tong, J., Arcos-Burgos, M., Zhao, Q., Matthews, N., Newman, D. P., Johnson, B., Vance, A., Heussler, H. S., Levy, F., Easteal, S., Wray, N., Kenny, E., Morris, D., Kent, L., Gill, M. & Bellgrove, M. A. Apr 2017 In : Molecular Psychiatry. 22, p. 580-584 5 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Tong, J., Hawi, Z. & Bellgrove, M. A. 14 Oct 2016 Developmental Disorders of the Brain: Second Edition. Rinehart, N. J., Bradshaw, J. L. & Enticott, P. G. (eds.). 2 ed. Taylor & Francis, p. 119-138 20 p.

Research output: Other - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Separating the wheat from the chaff: systematic identification of functionally relevant noncoding variants in ADHD

Tong, J. H. S., Hawi, Z., Dark, C., Cummins, T. D. R., Johnson, B. P., Newman, D. P., Lau, R., Vance, A., Heussler, H. S., Matthews, N., Bellgrove, M. A. & Pang, K. C. 1 Nov 2016 In : Molecular Psychiatry. 21, 11, p. 1589-1598 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Prizes

4th J-Eunethydis Prize

Ho Shuen Janette Tong (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (Early Career)

Ho Shuen Janette Tong (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Investigator finalist award

Ho Shuen Janette Tong (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fellowship Achievement Award

Ho Shuen Janette Tong (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Ho Shuen Janette Tong (Recipient), 16 Dec 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2015

  • 4 Peer review responsibility

Molecular Psychiatry (Journal)

Tong, H. S. J. (Peer reviewer)
Nov 2015

Activity: Peer review responsibility

BMC Medical Genetics (Journal)

Tong, H. S. J. (Peer reviewer)
Feb 2015

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry (Journal)

Tong, H. S. J. (Peer reviewer)
Nov 2014

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment (Journal)

Tong, H. S. J. (Peer reviewer)
Nov 2014

Activity: Peer review responsibility