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Dr Lois Balmer


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5147, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.504
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5147
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.504  


Dr Lois Balmer is a Lecturer in the Bachelor of Medical Science in the School of Medical and Sports Science. Lois teaches second and third year genetics units.

Current Teaching

  • SCH2141 Advanced Biomedical Techniques
  • SCH2226 Human Molecular Genetics
  • SCH3223 Medical Genetics


Dr Balmer is a researcher and lecturer at ECU; she is also a research officer at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Her research focus in the genetics and complications of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, where she has worked for the past 12 years.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR)
  • Australian Diabetes Society (ADS)

Awards and Recognition

  • Pitch-It-To-Win-It 2014 second prize
  • Bala Krishnamurthy and Lois Balmer
    Funding Body:-NH&MRC program Grant internal funding to AI’s
    Title:- Identification of genes protecting mice from diabetes induced by highly pathogenic T cell
    Amount $16,667
    Awarded 2014/2015
  • Chief Investigator A: Professor Thomas Kay
    Associate Investigators:- L. Balmer., C. Nguyen., et al   
    Funding Body:- NH&MRC Program Grant
    Title:- Pathogenesis-based treatment of type 1 diabetes
    Amount $1,200,000/year (2012 to 2017)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Diabetes, Genetics, Complications of Diabetes


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2005.


Recent Research Grants

  • Beta cell mass and Islet production in the Gene Mine mouse strains,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $30,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Weerasekera, LY., Balmer, L., Ram, R., Morahan, G., (2015), Characterization of Retinal Vascular and Neural Damage in a Novel Model of Diabetic Retinopathy. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 56(6), 3721-30, Association for Research in Vision and Opthamology, DOI: 10.1167/iovs.14-16289.
  • Andrikopoulos , S., Fam, B., Holdsworth, A., Visinoni, S., Ruan, Z., Stathopoulos, M., Thorburn, A., Joannides, C., Cancilla, M., Balmer, L., Proietto , J., Morahan , G., (2015), Identification of ABCC8 as a contributory gene to impaired early-phase insulin secretion in NZO mice. Journal of Endocrinology, 228(1), 61-73, Bristol, United Kingdom, BioScientifica Ltd. , DOI: 10.1530/JOE-15-0290.
  • Ram, R., Mehta, M., Balmer, L., Gatti, D., Morahan, G., (2014), Rapid identification of major-effect genes using the collaborative cross. Genetics: a periodical record of investigations bearing on heredity and variation, 198(1), 75-86, United States, Genetics Society of America, DOI: 10.1534/genetics.114.163014.
  • Iraqi, F., Mahajne, M., Salaymah, Y., Sandovski, H., Tayem, H., Vered, K., Balmer, L., Hall, M., Manship, G., Morahan, G., Pettit, K., Scholten, J., Tweedie, K., Wallace, A., Weerasekera, L., Cleak, J., Durrant, C., Goodstadt, L., Mott, R., Yalcin, B., Aylor, D., Baric, R., Bell, T., Bendt, K., Brennan, J., Brooks, J., Buus, R., Crowley, J., Calaway, J., Calaway, M., Cholka, A., Darr, D., Didion, J., Dorman, A., Everett, E., Ferris, M., Mathes, W., Fu, C., Gooch, T., Goodson, S., Gralinski, L., Hansen, S., Heise, M., Hoel, J., Hua, K., Kapita, M., Lee, S., Lenarcic, A., Liu, E., Liu, H., McMillan, L., Magnuson, T., Manly, K., Miller, D., O'Brien, D., Odet, F., Pakatci, I., Pan, W., De Villena, F., Perou, C., Pomp, D., Quackenbush, C., Robinson, N., Sharpless, N., Shaw, G., Spence, J., Sullivan, P., Sun, W., Tarantino, L., Valdar, W., Wang, J., Wang, W., Welsh, C., Whitmore, A., Wiltshire, T., Wright, F., Xie, Y., Yun, Z., Zhabotynsky, V., Zhang, Z., Zou, F., Powell, C., Steigerwalt, J., Threadgill, D., Chesler, E., Churchill, G., Gatti, D., Korstanje, R., Svenson, K., Collins, F., Crawford, N., Hunter, K., Samir, N., Kelada, P., Peck, B., Reilly, K., Tavarez, U., Bottomly, D., Hitzeman, R., McWeeney, S., Frelinger, J., Krovi, H., Phillippi, J., Spritz, R., Aicher, L., Katze, M., Rosenzweig, E., Shusterman, A., Nashef, A., Weiss, E., Houri-Haddad, Y., Soller, M., Williams, R., Schughart, K., Yang, H., French, J., Benson, A., Kim, J., Legge, R., Low, S., Ma, F., Martinez, I., Walter, J., Broman, K., Hallgrimsson, B., Klein, O., Weinstock, G., Warren, W., Yang, Y., Schwartz, D., (2012), The Genome Architecture of the Collaborative Cross Mouse Genetic Reference Population. Genetics: a periodical record of investigations bearing on heredity and variation, 190(2), 389-401.
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