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Dr Lois Balmer

Senior Lecturer

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

  • Ferguson, B., Handoko, HY., Mukhopadhyay, P., Chitsazan, A., Balmer, L., Morahan, G., Walker, GJ., (2019), Different genetic mechanisms mediate spontaneous versus UVR-induced malignant melanoma. eLife, 8(Jan 25, 2019), article no.e42424, eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.42424.
  • Salimova, E., Nowak, K., Estrada, A., Furtado, M., McNamara, E., Nguyen, Q., Balmer, L., Preuss, C., Holmes, J., Ramialison, M., Morahan, G., Rosenthal, N., (2019), Variable outcomes of human heart attack recapitulated ingenetically diverse mice. npj Regeerative Medicine, 4(5), 1-15, 2019 Springer Nature Publishing , DOI:
  • Balmer, L., Whiting, R., Rudnicka, C., Gallo, L., Jandeleit , K., Chow, Z., Chow, Y., Richardson, K., Forbes, J., Morahan, G., (2019), Genetic characterization of early renal changes in a novel mouse model of diabetic kidney disease. Kidney International, 96(4), 918-926, DOI: 10.1016/j.kint.2019.04.031.
  • Collin, R., Balmer, L., Morahan, G., Lesage, S., (2019), Common Heritable Immunological Variations Revealed in Genetically Diverse Inbred Mouse Strains of the Collaborative Cross. Journal of Immunology, 202(3), 777-786, n/a, DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1801247.
  • Boutilier, J., Taylor, R., Ram, R., McNamara, E., Nguyen, Q., Goullée, H., Chandler, D., Mehta, M., Balmer, L., Laing, N., Morahan, G., Nowak, K., (2017), Variable cardiac α-actin (Actc1) expression in early adult skeletal muscle correlates with promoter methylation. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, 1860(10), 1025-1036, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.bbagrm.2017.08.004.
  • Balmer, L., Weerasekera, L., Morahan, G., (2017), Genetic Variation in the Retinal Vasculature of the Collaborative Cross. Ophthalmology and Vision Science, 1(1), 36-45, Tustin, USA, Scientia Ricerca.
  • Andrikopoulos , S., Fam, B., Holdsworth, A., Visinoni, S., Ruan, Z., Stathopoulos, M., Thorburn, A., Joannides, C., Cancilla, M., Balmer, L., Proietto , J., Morahan , G., (2016), 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.
  • 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.
  • Ram, R., Mehta, M., Balmer, L., Gatti, D., Morahan, G., (2014), Rapid identification of major-effect genes using the collaborative cross. Genetics, 198(1), 75-86, DOI: 10.1534/genetics.114.163014.
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