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Dr Johnny Lo

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5027, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.336
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5027
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.336  


Johnny is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Science Postgraduate Coordinator (Research) within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • MAT3110 Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • MAT3120 Machine Learning and Data Visualisation
  • MAT5212 Biostatistics
  • MAT3170 Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • MAT6206 Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • RES5155 Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches

Course Coordinator

  • Y92 Bachelor of Science Honours
  • I84 Master of Science by Research


  • Doctor of Philospohy - Spatial Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Science Mathematics 1st Class Honours, Curtin University of Technology, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Sciences), Curtin University of Technology, 2002.


Recent Research Grants

  • Integrated state-wide survey of recreational fishing Phase 3: dual frame sampling of boat- and shore based activity ,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2020 - 2029,  $3,193,960.
  • Circulating Melanoma Cells as Predictive Biomarkers of Response to Immune Checkpoint Blockade ,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2020 - 2022,  $100,000.
  • Translation of "Liquid Biopsy" Research into Clinical Practice,  Western Australian Health Translation Network,  Early Career Fellowships,  2019 - 2020,  $478,955.
  • Liquid biopsy for personalised monitoring of melanoma patients ,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Development Grants,  2017 - 2020,  $950,389.
  • Integrated state-wide survey of recreational fishing Phase 2: boat- and shore based activity ,  Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,  Grant,  2015 - 2020,  $3,761,142.
  • Development of a Multiplex Test for the Early Diagnosis of Melanoma,  Tour de Cure,  Senior Research Grant,  2019,  $280,000.
  • Food and Nutrition Postgraduate Scholarship ,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Scholarship,  2016 - 2018,  $18,382.
  • Out there making a difference - improving mental health for men and boys in rural and remote Australia ,  The Movember Group and beyondblue,  Australian Mental Health Initiative,  2016 - 2018,  $47,500.
  • Blood Based Biomarkers Predictive of Treatment Response in Melanoma,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $246,822.
  • A Blood Based ‘Liquid Biopsy’ to Improve Healthcare for Metastatic Melanoma Patients,  Department of Health WA,  SHRAC Research Translation Projects,  2016 - 2018,  $4,075,030.
  • A Cross-Sectional Study to Measure and Describe the Association between Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Food Security Determinants of children (9-13 years) Living in Regional and Remote Western Australia,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Scholarship,  2015 - 2017,  $75,614.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Talebi, H., Lo, J., Mueller, U., (2017), A Hybrid Model for Joint Simulation of High-Dimensional Continuous and Categorical Variables. Geostatistics Valencia 2016, Quantitative Geology and Geostatistics 19, 19(67), 415-430, Cham, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46819-8_28.

Journal Articles

  • Sambell, R., Wallace, R., Lo, J., Costello, L., Devine, A., (2020), Increasing Food Expenditure in Long Day-care by an Extra $0.50 per Child/Day Would Improve Core Food Group Provision. Nutrients, 12(2020), Article 968, DOI: 10.3390/nu12040968.
  • Sambell, R., Devine, A., Lo, J., Lawlis, T., (2020), Work-integrated learning builds student identification of employability skills: Utilizing a food literacy education strategy. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, epub ahead of Print(2020), 28p..
  • Rajan, R., Trinder, MW., Lo, J., Theophilus, M., (2020), Assessing the efficacy of TNF-alpha inhibitors in preventing emergency and emergent colectomies. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 4(2), 140-144, DOI: 10.1002/jgh3.12229.
  • Bartlett, D., Dominguez D, JF., Lazar, A., Kordsachia, C., Rankin, T., Lo, J., Govus, A., Power, B., Lampit, A., Eastwood, P., Ziman, M., Cruickshank, T., (2020), Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Reduces Hypothalamic Grey Matter Volume Loss in Individuals with Preclinical Huntington's Disease: A Nine-Month Pilot Study. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 408(2020), 116522, DOI:
  • Khattak, M., Reid, A., Freeman, J., Pereira, M., McEvoy, A., Lo, J., Frank, M., Meniawy, T., Didan, A., Spencer, I., Amanuel, B., Millward, M., Ziman, M., Gray, E., (2020), PD-L1 Expression on Circulating Tumor Cells May Be Predictive of Response to Pembrolizumab in Advanced Melanoma: Results from a Pilot Study. The Oncologist, 25(3), e520-e527, DOI: 10.1634/theoncologist.2019-0557.
  • Leong, DC., Lo, J., Ryan, S., Nguyen, H., Lisewski, D., (2020), Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring in Endocrine Surgery: Prevalence and reasons for its use in Australia and New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 90(5), 867-871, DOI: 10.1111/ans.15536.
  • Kent, K., Godrich, S., Murray, S., Auckland, S., Blekkenhorst, L., Penrose, B., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2020), Definitions, Sources and Self-Reported Consumption of Regionally Grown Fruits and Vegetables in Two Regions of Australia. Nutrients, 12(4), Article 1026, DOI: :10.3390/nu12041026.
  • Deering, K., Devine, A., O'Sullivan, T., Lo, J., Boyce, M., Christophersen, C., (2020), Characterizing the Composition of the Pediatric Gut Microbiome: A Systematic Review Kane E. Nutrients, 12(2019), Article 16, DOI: 10.3390/nu12010016.
  • Godrich, S., Kent, K., Murray, S., Auckland, S., Lo, J., Penrose, B., Blekkenhorst, L., Devine, A., (2020), Australian consumer perceptions of regionally grown fruit and vegetables: importance, enablers and barriers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(1), 63, Switzerland, DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph17010063.
  • Butcher, L., Ryan, M., O'Sullivan, T., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2019), Food-Insecure Household’s Self-Reported Perceptions of Food Labels, Product Attributes and Consumption Behaviours. Nutrients, 11(4), Article number 828, DOI: 10.3390/nu11040828.
  • Connolly, E., Reinkowsky, M., Giglia, R., Sexton, B., Lyons-Wall, P., Lo, J., O'Sullivan, T., (2019), Education on antenatal colostrum expression and the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in an Australian hospital: An audit of birth and breastfeeding outcomes. Breastfeeding Review, 27(1), 21-30.
  • Genoni, A., Christophersen, C., Lo, J., Coghlan, M., Boyce, M., Bird, A., Lyons-Wall, P., Devine, A., (2019), Long‑term Paleolithic diet is associated with lower resistant starch intake, different gut microbiota composition and increased serum TMAO concentrations. European Journal of Nutrition, epub ahead of Print(July 2019), 14p., DOI: 10.1007/s00394-019-02036-y.
  • Le, TT., Shafaei Darestani, A., Genoni, A., Christophersen, C., Devine, A., Lo, J., Lyons-Wall, P., Boyce, M., (2019), Development and validation of a simple LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantitative determination of trimethylamine-N-oxide and branched chain amino acids in human serum. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 411(5), 1019–1028, DOI: 10.1007/s00216-018-1522-8.
  • Butcher, L., O'Sullivan, T., Ryan, M., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2019), Utilising a multi-item questionnaire to assess household food security in Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 30(1), 9-17, DOI: 10.1002/hpja.61.
  • Sambell, R., Wallace, R., Costello, L., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2019), Measuring food provision in Western Australian long day care (LDC) services: a weighed food record method/protocol at a service level. Nutrition Journal, 18(1), Article 38, DOI: 10.1186/s12937-019-0462-2.
  • Dare, J., Wilkinson, C., Donovan, R., Lo, J., McDermott, ML., O'Sullivan, H., Marquis, R., (2019), Guidance for research on social isolation, loneliness, and participation among older people: Lessons from a mixed methods study. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18(2019), 1-9, DOI: 10.1177/1609406919872914.
  • Tate, A., Lo, J., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, K., Taylor, S., (2019), Standardizing harvest rates of finfish caught by shore-based recreational fishers. ICES Journal of Marine Science: journal du conseil, fsz228(1), 1-16, Oxford, DOI:
  • Devine, A., Wallace, R., Lo, J., Miller, M., Sambell, R., Costello, L., Lombardi, K., Veurink, S., (2019), Online programs build confidence and improve healthy eating messages in Early Years services. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 44(2), 139-152, Australia, Early Childhood Australia Inc., DOI: 10.1177/1836939119833244.
  • Genoni, A., Lo, J., Lyons-Wall, P., Boyce, M., Christophersen, C., Bird, A., Devine, A., (2019), A Paleolithic diet lowers resistant starch intake but does not affect serum trimethylamine-N-oxide concentrations in healthy women. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, 121(3), 322-329, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S000711451800329X.
  • O'Sullivan, T., Lo, J., Vivanti, A., (2019), Predictors of nutrition care process and terminology use, applicability and importance within Asia‐Pacific dietitians. Nutrition and Dietetics, 76(4), 455-461, DOI: 10.1111/1747-0080.12467.
  • Leong, DC., Lo, J., Nguyen, H., Ryan, S., (2019), The correlation of preoperative biochemical tests with parathyroid adenoma weight. Can we predict expected adenoma weight preoperatively?. Asian Journal of Surgery, ePub ahead of print(Nov 2019), 1-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.asjsur.2019.10.004.
  • Butcher, L., Ryan, M., O'Sullivan, T., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2018), What Drives Food Insecurity in Western Australia? How the Perceptions of People at Risk Differ to Those of Stakeholders. Nutrients, 10(8), article no.1059, DOI: 10.3390/nu10081059.
  • Zaenker, P., Lo, J., Pearce, R., Cantwell, P., Cowell, L., Lee, M., Quirk, C., Law, H., Gray, E., Ziman, M., (2018), A diagnostic autoantibody signature for primary cutaneous melanoma. Oncotarget, 9(55), 30539-30551, United States, Impact Journals LLC, DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.25669.
  • Ridge, A., Devine, A., Lyons-Wall, P., Conlon, J., Lo, J., (2018), The impact of whey protein supplementation in older adults on nutrient intakes and satiety over an 11-week exercise intervention. Food Quality and Preference, 68(Sept 2018), 72-79, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.foodqual.2018.01.013.
  • Bowers, J., Lo, J., Miller, P., Mawren, D., Jones, B., (2018), Psychological distress in remote mining and construction workers in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 208(9), 391-397, Australia, Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty. Ltd., DOI: 10.5694/mja17.00950.
  • Cruickshank, T., Reyes, A., Penailillo, L., Pulverenti, T., Bartlett, D., Zaenker, P., Blazevich, T., Newton, R., Thompson, J., Lo, J., Ziman, M., (2018), Effects of multidisciplinary therapy on physical function in Huntington’s disease. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 138(6), 500-507, United States, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., DOI: 10.1111/ane.13002.
  • Godrich, S., Lo, J., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2017), Which Food Security Determinants Predict Adequate Vegetable Consumption among Rural Western Australian Children?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(1), article no.40, MDPI, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14010040.
  • Godrich, S., Lo, J., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2017), Prevalence and socio-demographic predictors of food insecurity among regional and remote Western Australian children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(6), 585-590, Richmond, Victoria, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12716.
  • Dare, J., Wilkinson, C., Garlepp, M., Lo, J., Allsop, S., (2017), Community pharmacists require additional support to develop capacity in delivering alcohol-related health information to older adults. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 25(4), 301-310, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12319.
  • Godrich, S., Lo, J., Davies, C., Darby, J., Devine, A., (2017), Are regional and remote Western Australian children eating for good health? An investigation into fruit and vegetable consumption. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28(3), 233-237, West Sussex, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1071/HE16090.
  • Wallace, R., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2016), Tailored nutrition education in the elderly can lead to sustained dietary behaviour change. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 20(1), 8-15, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s12603-016-0669-2.
  • Genoni, A., Lo, J., Lyons-Wall, P., Devine, A., (2016), Compliance, palatability and feasibility of paleolithic and Australian guide to healthy eating diets in healthy women: A 4-week dietary intervention. Nutrients, 8(8), Article no. 481, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/nu8080481.
  • Wilkinson, C., Dare, J., French, M., McDermott, M., Lo, J., Allsop, S., (2016), Prescribing or dispensing medication represents the best opportunity for GPs and pharmacists to engage older people in alcohol-related clinical conversations. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 24(5), 319-325, DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12255.
  • Genoni, A., Lyons-Wall, P., Lo, J., Devine, A., (2016), Cardiovascular, metabolic effects and dietary composition of ad-libitum paleolithic vs. Australian guide to healthy eating diets: A 4-week randomised trial. Nutrients, 8(5), Article no. 314, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/nu8050314.
  • Gray, E., Rizos, H., Reid, A., Boyd, S., Pereira, M., Lo, J., Tembe, V., Freeman, J., Lee, J., Scolyer, R., Siew, K., Lomma, C., Cooper, A., Khattak, M., Meniawy, T., Long, G., Carlino, M., Millward, M., Ziman, M., (2015), Circulating tumor DNA to monitor treatment response and detect acquired resistance in patients with metastatic melanoma. Oncotarget, 6(39), 42008-42018, New York, USA, Impact Journals LLC, DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.5788.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Assessing variability in standardised harvest rates from shore-based recreational fishing surveys

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Compositions, logratios and geostatistics: An application to iron ore
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Supporting nutrition for Australian childcare (snac): The development, implementation and evaluation of an online nutrition education intervention
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Recoverable resources calculation using non-linear methods: A comparative study
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  On the spatial modelling of mixed and constrained geospatial data
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Food insecurity and fruit and vegetable consumption among regional and remote Western Australian children: Determinants, prevalence and predictors
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Health impacts and dietary composition of the paleolithic and Australian guide to healthy eating diets in Australia
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