Alan Bittles


Center for Human Genetics, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Alan Bittles was educated in Trinity College, University of Dublin (MA, 1972, ScD, 1994) and Queen’s University, Belfast (PhD, 1973). He is Adjunct Professor and Research Leader in the Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University, and Honorary Professor of Community Genetics in the School of Medical Sciences, Edith Cowan University, where he was Foundation Professor of Human Biology and Director of the Centre for Human Genetics from 1993-2005. Previously, he was Reader in Human Biology at King’s College London 1989-1993, and Chair of the Board of Studies in Genetics in the University of London 1991-1993. Professor Bittles has published over 250 refereed research papers, books, book chapters and conference proceedings and he has been a Visiting Senior Fellow in the universities of Cambridge, Duke, LaTrobe, Peking, Stanford, and Umeå, Senior Fulbright Fellow in the University of Michigan, and Walker-Ames Professor in the University of Washington. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, Royal College of Pathologists, Royal Society of Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2006 Professor Bittles was a Member of the WHO Expert Panel on Medical Genetics Services in Developing Countries, from 2008-2010 he was an invited Member of Expert Groups contributing to the Global Burden of Disease Study, and in 2011-2012 was an Expert Member of the WHO panel on Grand Challenges in Genomics for Public Health in Developing Countries. His present research centres on rare diseases, including haemoglobinopathies, intellectual and developmental disability, and the impact of consanguinity and genetic sub-structure on deleterious gene expression, with projects in Australia, Brazil, India, Iran, Pakistan and the UK. He was recently appointed Chair of the Scientific Medical Advisory Committee of Rare Voices Australia.