Dr Peter Farlie trained in Biochemistry at La Trobe University and completed his PhD in developmental neurobiology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. He continues to focus on developmental biology and in particular, the mechanisms regulating development and the way early development is coordinated between different parts of the embryo. These issues are particularly important in trying to understand the causes of birth defects. The Craniofacial Development Group investigates the mechanisms of normal craniofacial development and how these processes are altered to cause craniofacial defects. The group is also interested in the origins of birth defects generally, since many birth defect syndromes involve multiple organ systems.
Dr Farlie is also on the Editorial Board of the journals, Genesis and Molecular Syndromology.