Professor Lyn Griffiths is the Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Biomedical innovation at QUT. She is a molecular geneticist who has been studying the genes involved in common human disorders for nearly two decades. Her expertise is in the field of human gene mapping and focuses on identifying the genes involved in common complex disorders, including migraine, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer.
Professor Griffiths graduated from the University of NSW Biochemistry Department in 1980, and gained a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney in 1990. Following her PhD she moved to Qld where she established the Genomics Research Centre at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Prof Griffiths was also Head of The School of Medical Science for many years, and held the role of Dean Research 2007-2012 and Director of the Griffith Health Institute, before recently taking on the role of Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT. She has published over 300 research papers, supervised 44 Postgraduates and 42 Honours students and received significant competitive grant and industry funding. Professor Griffiths was a Queensland Finalist for Australian of the Year in 2005, a nominee for the Queenslander of the Year award in 2006 and has been awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for Distinguished Service to Education and Medical Research.