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Executive Director, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Professor Clara Gaff has been involved in the use of genetics and genomics in healthcare through roles in genetic counselling, management of genetic services, health professional education, and strategic development in Australia and the UK. Clara has worked in public health, government, academic and not-for-profit sectors.
Clara has a PhD in molecular genetics, certification in genetic counselling and postgraduate qualifications in health service research and evaluation. Clara is a member of the National Health (NHMRC) and Medical Research Council’s Australian Health Ethics Committee and Health Translation Advisory Committee. She received the inaugural International Award from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (USA) for her contribution to genetic counselling internationally.


  • 2008–present
    Honorary Principal Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • 2019–present
    Honorary Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne


    The University of Melbourne, Graduate certificate in health service research and evaluation
    Human Genetics Society of Australasia, Fellow (genetic counselling)
  • 1993 
    The University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1988 
    The University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Science with Honors