Professor Claire Wade completed her undergraduate and postgraduate education at The University of NSW in the field of animal science and genetics. After working as an academic in the School of Veterinary Science at the University of QLD, Claire moved to the USA. Working with the Center for Genome Research in the Whitehead Institute, the Broad Institute in Cambridge MA, she worked on a number of major animal genomics projects including the mouse and the dog, before leading the equine (horse) genome sequencing project. In 2009, Claire returned to Australia and took her current position as a professor at the University of Sydney. Claire's research focuses on understanding the connection between traits and DNA. In recent years, she has led major projects relating to working dog behaviour and the inheritance of complex disorders such as deafness. Claire is a member of the World Small Animal Veterainary Association Hereditary Diseases committee and is a part of the panel of experts for the International Partnership for Dogs.