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Web link: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/medicine-alfred/research/epidermal-development

Dr Carpinelli completed her PhD in 2006 at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, where she studied the genes that regulate blood platelet production. She then spent six years characterising the genes that underlie hearing loss.  The latter part of this project was completed at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.  In 2014 she moved to the Central Clinical School, Monash University, where she investigated the genes that control palate closure.  She is currently investigating the genes that mediate neural tube closure.  The neural tube forms in the 4th week post fertilisation to become the brain and spinal cord.  Failed neural tube closure underlies the birth defects spina bifida and anencephaly.

Research interests

Dr Carpinelli is interested in genetics.  She has lectured in these subjects:

HUP3011 Human Pathology, Monash University, 2019-

DEV3032 Stem Cells and the Foundations of Life, Monash University, 2018-

DEV3011 Fundamentals of Developmental Processes, Monash University, 2018

GENE30005 Human and Medical Genetics, University of Melbourne, 2011-2013

GEN3HMG Human and Molecular Genetics, La Trobe University, 2010-2012

Community service

Dr Carpinelli has acted as an independent assessor on a NHMRC project grant and reviewed manuscripts for PLOS Genetics, Disease Models and Mechanisms, PLOS One, Physiological Genomics and Clinical Insightes Ear, Nose and Throat

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Genetics, PhD, University of Melbourne


Award Date: 30 Apr 2016

University Teaching, Graduate Certificate, University of Melbourne


Award Date: 31 Dec 2012

Science, Bachelor with Honours, University of Melbourne


Award Date: 31 Dec 2003

Research area keywords

  • genetics
  • epithelial morphogenesis
  • neural tube closure
  • transcription factors
  • Developmental Biology
  • birth defects


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