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Associate Professor Simon Laws

Genomic Leader/Deputy CSO (CRC-MH)

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5128, Mobile: 0408 789 680, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO17.210
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5128
Mobile: 0408 789 680
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO17.210  


Simon is an Associate Professor in the School of Medical and Health Sciences where he leads the Collaborative Genomics Group. Simon is also currently the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Mental Health.


  • Nov 2011 – present: Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
  • Nov 2011 – present: Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Mental Health
  • April 2009 – Nov 2011: Research Fellow, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia        
  • Nov 2007 – Mar 2009: Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Neurogenetics Laboratory, Technische Universität München, Germany     
  • Jan 2005 – Oct 2007: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Neurogenetics Laboratory, Technische Universität München, Germany       
  • Mar 2004 – Dec 2004: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Perth, Australia     
  • Jul 2003 – Mar 2004: Research Associate, Alzhyme Pty Ltd, Perth, Australia                                                                                                                                                              

Professional Associations

  • 2014 – present: Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS)
  • 2013 – present: Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) – including membership of the Blood-based Biomarker Professional Interest Area (PIA)
  • 2012 – present: Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • 2011 – present: Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)

Research Areas and Interests

Associate Professor Laws currently leads The Collaborative Genomics Group, within the Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care part of ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences. His research primarily focuses on understanding the genetic and epigenetic architecture of Alzheimer’s Disease and related phenotypes, such as changes in memory performance and pathognomonic features. His group utilizes an integrative “omic” approach to Alzheimer’s Disease research through combining genetic, epigenetic and comprehensive longitudinal phenotype data. With the following primary research foci:

Understanding the Genomic Architecture of Rates of Change in AD-related Phenotypes

  • Develop genetic/epigenetic risk profiles for rates of change
  • Determine if peripheral methylation patterns track with AD phenotypes

The interaction of genomics and modifiable lifestyle factors and the impact on rates of change in AD-related phenotypes

  • Understanding the genetic basis of differential effects of lifestyle patterns/choices
  • Determine the impact of positive lifestyle choices on peripheral methylation patterns

Associate Professor Laws also undertakes broader genetic and epigenetic collaborative research with scientists in the Australian research community.

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