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Dr Johnny Lo

Senior Lecturer

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.
  • Genomic HLA heterozygosity, T-cell receptor (TCR) – repertoire diversity and tumor PD-L1 expression as predictive biomarkers of response to immunotherapy in lung cancer patients,  Lung Foundation Australia,  Ellen Yates Memorial Grant in Aid,  2020 - 2021,  $20,000.
  • The feasibility and therapeutic utility of a 12-week telehealth delivered environmental enrichment program for young stroke survivors experiencing cognitive impairment,  Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science,  Neurotrauma Research Program,  2021,  $84,600.
  • Translation of "Liquid Biopsy" Research into Clinical Practice,  Western Australian Health Translation Network,  Early Career Fellowships,  2019 - 2020,  $478,955.
  • 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.
  • Liquid biopsy for personalised monitoring of melanoma patients ,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Development Grants,  2017 - 2020,  $950,389.
  • 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.
  • Blood Based Biomarkers Predictive of Treatment Response in Melanoma,  Cancer Council of WA Inc,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $246,822.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Panossian, C., Lyons-Wall, P., Whitehouse, A., Oddy, W., Lo, J., Scott, J., O'Sullivan, T., (2021), Young Adults with High Autistic-Like Traits Displayed Lower Food Variety and Diet Quality in Childhood. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(2), 685-696, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-020-04567-4.
  • Maisey, G., Cattani, M., Devine, A., Lo, J., Dunican, I., (2021), Sleep of shift workers in a remote mining operation: Methodology for a randomized control trial to determine evidence-based interventions. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14(January 2021), Article number 579668, DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2020.579668.
  • 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(4), Article number 968, DOI: 10.3390/nu12040968.
  • 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 number 1026, DOI: 10.3390/nu12041026.
  • Rees, J., Christophersen, C., Lewis, J., Lo, J., Sambell, R., Costello, L., Walker, C., Byrne, M., Boyce, M., Newton, R., Devine, A., (2020), The study protocol for a pseudo-randomised pre-post designed controlled intervention trial to study the effects of a 7-week cooking program on self-efficacy and biomarkers of health: The ECU lifestyle and biomarkers get connected study (ECULABJMOF) including the Jamie's Ministry of Food WA participant experience. BMC Public Health, 20(1), Article number 1037, United Kingdom, BioMed Central Ltd., DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09124-3.
  • Abed, A., Calapre, L., Lo, J., Correia, S., Bowyer, S., Chopra, A., Watson, M., Khattak, M., Millward, M., Gray, E., (2020), Prognostic value of HLA- I homozygosity in patients with non-small cell lung cancer treated with single agent immunotherapy. Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer, 8(2020), e001620, DOI: 10.1136/jitc-2020-001620.
  • Butcher, L., O'Sullivan, T., Ryan, M., Lo, J., Nyanjom, J., Wilkins, H., Devine, A., (2020), To dine in or not to dine in: A comparison of food selection and preparation behaviours in those with and without food security. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 2020(Article in press), 16p., DOI: 10.1002/hpja.427.
  • Cruickshank, T., Bartlett, D., Govus, A., Hannan, A., Teo, W., Mason, S., Lo, J., Ziman, M., (2020), The relationship between lifestyle and serum neurofilament light protein in Huntington’s disease. Brain and Behavior, 10(5), Article number e01578, DOI: 10.1002/brb3.1578.
  • Lo, J., Reyes, A., Pulverenti, T., Rankin, T., Bartlett, D., Zaenker, P., Rowe, G., Feindel, K., Poudel, G., Georgiou-Karistianis, N., Ziman, M., Cruickshank, T., (2020), Dual tasking impairments are associated with striatal pathology in Huntington’s disease. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 7(9), 1608-1619, DOI: 10.1002/acn3.51142.
  • Bartlett, D., Govus, A., Rankin, T., Lampit, A., Feindel, K., Poudel, G., Teo, W., Lo, J., Georgiou-Karistianis, N., Ziman, M., Cruickshank, T., (2020), The effects of multidisciplinary rehabilitation on neuroimaging, biological, cognitive and motor outcomes in individuals with premanifest Huntington's disease. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 416(15 September 2020), Article number 117022, DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2020.117022.
  • Wickens, N., Wallace, R., Dare, J., Costello, L., Lo, J., (2020), Mobile phone use and social interactions among caregivers can reduce their ability to provide constant supervision to children at Australian public swimming pools. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 00(00), 1-11, Australia, DOI:
  • Leong, DC., Lo, J., Nguyen, H., Ryan, S., (2020), Can we predict expected adenoma weight preoperatively with reference to the correlation of preoperative biochemical tests with parathyroid adenoma weight?. Asian Journal of Surgery, 43(7), 759-764, DOI: 10.1016/j.asjsur.2019.10.004.
  • 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.
  • Genoni, A., Christophersen, C., Lo, J., Coghlan, M., Boyce, M., Bird, A., Lyons-Wall, P., Devine, A., (2020), Long‑term Paleolithic diet is associated with lower resistant starch intake, different gut microbiota composition and increased serum TMAO concentrations. European Journal of Nutrition, 59(5), 1845-1858, DOI: 10.1007/s00394-019-02036-y.
  • 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(15 January 2020), 116522, DOI:
  • Tate, A., Lo, J., Mueller, U., Hyndes, G., Ryan, K., Taylor, S., (2020), Standardizing harvest rates of finfish caught by shore-based recreational fishers. ICES Journal of Marine Science: journal du conseil, 77(6), 2207–2215, Oxford, DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsz228.
  • 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, 21(1), 63-87.
  • Godrich, S., Kent, K., Murray, S., Auckland, S., Lo, J., Blekkenhorst, L., Penrose, B., 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), Article number 63, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17010063.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yan, T., Murphy, M., Genoni, A., Marlow, E., Dunican, I., Lo, J., Andrew, L., Devine, A., Christophersen, C., (2020), Does Fibre-fix provided to people with irritable bowel syndrome who are consuming a low FODMAP diet improve their gut health, gut microbiome, sleep and mental health? A double-blinded, randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open Gastroenterology, 7(1), article number e000448, DOI: 10.1136/ bmjgast-2020-000448.
  • 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. Nutrients, 12(1), Article number 16, DOI: 10.3390/nu12010016.
  • Cooper, SL., Butcher, L., Scagnelli, S.D.., Lo, J., Ryan, M., Devine, A., O'Sullivan, T., (2020), Australian Consumers Are Willing to Pay for the Health Star Rating Front-of-Pack Nutrition Label. Nutrients, 2020(12), 1-16, DOI:
  • Richardson, M., Lo, J., Priddis, L., O'Sullivan, T., (2020), A Quasi-Experimental Study of the Respectful Approach on Early Parenting Competence and Stress. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29(10), 2796-2810, United States, DOI: 10.1007/s10826-020-01762-w.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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), 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

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

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Health impacts and dietary composition of the paleolithic and Australian guide to healthy eating diets in Australia
  • Master of Science (Mathematics and Planning),  Compositions, logratios and geostatistics: An application to iron ore
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Food insecurity and fruit and vegetable consumption among regional and remote Western Australian children: Determinants, prevalence and predictors
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  On the spatial modelling of mixed and constrained geospatial data
  • 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
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