Dr Natasha Hamilton has recently been appointed by Racing Australia as the Director of the newly formed Equine Genetics Research Laboratory in Scone, NSW. This follows 10 years of teaching neurophysiology and equine science at the University of Sydney. Her research interests reflect the topic of her PhD in equine genetics, and attrition in racehorses. Her current projects include investigating the genetics of soundness in racehorses with particular focus on the relationship between bone genetics and catastrophic fracture; identification of selective sweeps in Australian Thoroughbreds; investigation of factors contributing to bleeding; and developing a world first equine Gene Doping Detection test. She is also contributing member of the IFHA Gene Doping Control Subcommittee, International Equine Genome Mapping Workshop and the International Society of Animal Genetics.