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Robert studied Human Genetics at the University of Nottingham before moving to the Medical Research Council's Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh to complete his PhD and begin his work using the zebrafish model system. He completed his PhD in 2003 and continued his research at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University. He joined the school as a lecturer and researcher in 2010.


Research interests

Robert's lab investigates neuromuscular disease, spanning the spectrum from identification of new disease genes, to determination of the underlying biological mechanism, and subsequently evaluation of potential therapies. The focus is on the identification of clinically translatable findings, aiding in the diagnosis and treatments of these conditions. We primarily use the zebrafish model to achieve these goals.

Our research target the universities research focus area of Health Sciences. 


Lab Website: www.bryson-richardsonlab.org

Supervision interests

PhD projects are available investigating the genetic basis of neuromuscular disease and the underling biology leading to pathology. 

I am also seeking a motivated student interested in developing cryo-EM techniques for large samples. 


Research area keywords

  • myopathy
  • muscle
  • 3D and 4D imaging
  • zebrafish

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Projects 2011 2021

Novel genes in skeletal muscle disease

Forest, A., Ravenscroft, G., Bryson-Richardson, R., Laing, N. G. & Carninci, P.


Project: Research

Identifying disease genes for neurogenetic disorders using next generation sequencing

Laing, N., Clarke, N., MacArthur, D., Nowak, K., Ravenscroft, G., Allcock, R. & Bryson-Richardson, R.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Research Output 2003 2019

A transgenic zebrafish model of hepatocyte function in human Z α1-antitrypsin deficiency

Yip, E., Giousoh, A., Fung, C., Wilding, B., Prakash, M. D., Williams, C., Verkade, H., Bryson-Richardson, R. J. & Bird, P. I., 15 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Biological Chemistry. 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Linking life-history theory and metabolic theory explains the offspring size-temperature relationship

Pettersen, A. K., White, C. R., Bryson-Richardson, R. J. & Marshall, D., 7 Jan 2019, In : Ecology Letters. 22, 3, p. 518-526 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Advances in the Understanding of Skeletal Myopathies from Zebrafish Models

Baxter, E. C. & Bryson-Richardson, R. J., 11 Oct 2018, Zebrafish, Medaka, and Other Small Fishes: New Model Animals in Biology, Medicine, and Beyond. Hirata, H. & Iida, A. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 151-183 33 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Does the cost of development scale allometrically with offspring size?

Pettersen, A. K., White, C. R., Bryson-Richardson, R. J. & Marshall, D. J., 1 Mar 2018, In : Functional Ecology. 32, 3, p. 762-772 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Genetic compensation triggered by actin mutation prevents the muscle damage caused by loss of actin protein

Sztal, T. E., McKaige, E. A., Williams, C., Ruparelia, A. A. & Bryson-Richardson, R. J., 1 Feb 2018, In : PLoS Genetics. 14, 2, 15 p., e1007212.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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