Paul Lockhart is a molecular geneticist whose current research interests include the identification and molecular characterisation of genes that cause human disease. The laboratory undertakes gene discovery projects and then utilises cell and animal models to determine the underlying pathogenesis of disease. Dr Lockhart received both his B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1991 and 2000, respectively. His initial postdoctoral studies were undertaken at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, under the direction of Dr John Hardy and Dr Matt Farrer. In 2005 he returned to Australia to establish a new research laboratory at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. His current research is primarily neurogenetic, with projects investigating the role of cilia in neurodevelopmental disorders and the genetics of Parkinsonâ€™s and related neurodegenerative diseases.