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Dr (Maria) Pia Campagna is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Neuroscience in the School of Translational Medicine, located at the Alfred Hospital. She is a part of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Genomics and Prognostics Group, led by Associate Professor Vilija Jokubaitis. Pia's primary research focus involves using bioinformatic techniques to analyse large and complex datasets for addressing clinical and mechanistic questions related to multiple sclerosis. In her current postdoctoral position, Pia is working to characterise the mechanisms underlying the protective effects of pregnancy. Specifically, she is investigating the impact of pregnancy on immune cell phenotypes in women with and without multiple sclerosis through the PREGMOLS study (Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry Number 12623000951651).

During her PhD studies, Pia explored modulators of multiple sclerosis disease severity. Her approach involved the application of bioinformatic techniques genetic, epigenetic, and high-dimensional flow cytometry data. This analysis helped uncover relationships between genetics and treatment response, DNA methylation and disease severity, and immune cell phenotypes and DNA methylation in relation to pregnancy history. Her graduate studies were supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

Monash teaching commitment

Teaching Associate for Applied Bioinformatics (GNA5012), Master of Genome Analytics, Monash University (Semester 2, 2022)

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

Translational Medicine, Doctorate of Philosophy, Modulators of Disease Severity in Multiple Sclerosis, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Feb 20201 Nov 2023

Award Date: 1 Nov 2022

Bachelor of Science (Honours), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Dec 2018

Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

Research area keywords

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Women's health
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Genomics

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