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I am the lead of the functional genomics lab within the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health (School of Psychological Sciences) and a molecular geneticist with long experience in psychiatry/mental health research. The focus of my research has been the identification of susceptibility loci for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Throughout my career in the field of psychiatric genetics, I have successfully identified risk loci (genes) for ADHD using the candidate approach (Hawi et al, 2002; Mol Psychiatry; Hawi et al, 2003; Mol Psychiatry; Sheehan et al 2005; Mol Psychiatry). More recently, I have mapped a novel locus for ADHD using the method of genome wide association (GWA) (Hawi et al, 2018; Translational Psychiatry). I have also published the first paper to apply whole exome sequencing to discover risk loci for ADHD (Hawi et al, 2017; Mol Psychiatry).  As member of the ADHD subgroup of the Psychiatric Genetic Consortium (PGC) I have contributed to the identification of 12 novel risk loci for ADHD using GWAS, recently published in Nature Genetics (2019).


Since my relocation to the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University (July 2012), I have been contributing to the development of genetic research projects by training staff from different groups including Huntington’s disease, Sleep, Aging and Neurodegeneration, and cognitive control of action research, and have worked closely with my peers within the Turner Institute for Braun and mental Health. I have a strong record of successful HD students (Honours, MSc and Ph.D.) who I have supervised throughout my career. I have dedicated my life to research, discovery, teaching and will continue to do so.


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Education/Academic qualification

Molecular Medical Genetics, PhD, Newcastle University (UK)

Biochemical Genetics, Masters, University of Strathclyde

Biology, Honours, University of Baghdad

Research area keywords

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cognitive genetics of attention deficit
  • Genetic risk
  • cellular modelling
  • DNA editing

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Research Output

Intensity matters: high-intensity interval exercise enhances motor cortex plasticity more than moderate exercise

Andrews, S. C., Curtin, D., Hawi, Z., Wongtrakun, J., Stout, J. C. & Coxon, J. P., 10 Jan 2020, In : Cerebral Cortex. 30, 1, p. 101-112 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

A case-control genome wide association study of childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Hawi, Z., Yates, H., Kent, L. & Gill, M., 2019, In : European Neuropsychopharmacology. 29, Supp 3, p. s956-s956 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting AbstractOtherpeer-review

Discovery of the first genome-wide significant risk loci for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Demontis, D., Walters, R. K., Martin, J., Manuel, M., Als, T., Agerbo, E., Baldursson, G., Belliveau, R., Bybjerg-Grauholm, J., Bækvad-Hansen, M., Cerrato, F., Chambert, K., Churchhouse, C., Dumont, A., Eriksson, N., Gandal, M., Goldstein, J. I., Grasby, K. L., Grove, J., Gudmundsson, O. O. & 3 others, ADHD Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), Early Lifecourse & Genetic Epidemiology (EAGLE) Consortium & 23andMe Research Team, Jan 2019, In : Nature Genetics. 51, 1, 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

180 Citations (Scopus)
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1 Citation (Scopus)

Genomic Relationships, Novel Loci, and Pleiotropic Mechanisms across Eight Psychiatric Disorders

Cross-Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, 12 Dec 2019, In : Cell. 179, 7, p. 1469-1482.e11 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)