Anna Liza Kretzschmar

Anna Liza Kretzschmar

Research Officer

Garvan Institute of Medical Research


Anna Liza Kretzschmar is a post doc in Sara Ballouz’s lab, Gene Networks in Disease, at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Her work focuses on the sex difference in autoimmune disorders, investigating the underlying genetic mechanisms of why the majority of patients are female.

Her PhD was focused on the ciguatera fish poisoning causative agent, the marine microalgae Gambierdiscus. The story started based on molecular microbiological work identifying new species in Australia and their toxicity, to quantitative detection in environmental settings, and finally transitioned to bioinformatic pipeline development for transcriptome analysis and robust phylogenetic placement of the genus in a wider evolutionary setting.

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Genetics in disease
  • Bioinformatics
  • PhD in molecular biology and bioinformatics, 2019

    University of Technolofy Sydney

  • Honors in microbiology, 2013

    University of New South Wales

  • BSc in Biotechnology, 2012

    University of New South Wales








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Research Officer
Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Aug 2020 – Present Sydney, Australia
Postdoctoral researcher in Sara Ballouz’s lab group, in the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics
ChooseMATH rolemodel
Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
Jan 2016 – Jun 2019
Volunteer position working with high school students in order to advocate the retention of women in STEM subjects
Social media officer and newsletter editor
Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany
Jan 2016 – Jan 2017 Sydney, Australia
Establish and maintain social media presence and engagement, produce and edit the society’s newsletter
Doctorate candidate
ithree institute University of Technology Sydney
Jun 2014 – Dec 2019 Sydney, Australia
Delving into the genetic code of Gambierdiscus, the devil is in the detail. Supervised by Aaron Darling and Tim Kahlke
Research Assistant
University of New South Wales
Sep 2013 – Jun 2014 Sydney, Australia
Working on bioaugmentation of industrially polluted sites, supervised by Maria-Luisa Gutierrez-Zamora