I hold a PhD in genetics from the University of Adelaide and I currently work as an Associate Professor in the Adelaide Dental School. I am a member of the Craniofacial Biology Research Group. Our group has spent the past 20 years, with continuous support from the NHMRC, assembling a large collection of longitudinal dental records from Australian twins/sib-pairs and their families. The collection is unique within Australia and one of very few worldwide. I have been conducting research on these data, with the aim of identifying genetic and environmental influences on craniofacial growth and development, and, more recently, oral health . The group is now entering an exciting new phase of research, making use of modern molecular genetic techniques to identify genes associated with dental development and oral health.