Dr Natasha Hamilton

Equine Genetics Research Centre Director

Dr Hamilton was awarded her PhD in equine genetics from the University of Sydney in 2005. Her most recent position was as a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science where she taught neurophysiology and equine science. Her research has always revolved around horses, with a particular focus on the genetic factors that affect health, disease, soundness and career length in racehorses. Natasha is a member of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities Gene Doping Control Subcommittee, International Horse Genome WorkshopInternational Society of Animal Genetics, and is an associate member of the International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians. Natasha has always loved being around horses and is learning to ride on off-the-track Thoroughbreds (although she is not very good). She has just purchased her first share in a racehorse and also attends the races socially whenever she can. Dr Hamilton commenced as the inaugural Director of the EGRC in January 2018 and reports to the Operations CEO of Racing Australia.

Dominique Dolgener

Equine Generics Research Centre Manager

Dominique graduated with a MSc (Hons) from Macquarie University in June 2005 and was employed as a Research Assistant in the ACRF Unit at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. After a short foray as Account Manager with Applied Biosystems, Dominique started at Roche Diagnostics Australia in June 2009 as a Technical Product Specialist in the Applied Science Business Area with a special focus on molecular biology workflows. In September 2014 she joined the Molecular Systems team as a Field Applications Specialist (FAS) assisting with installation, training and troubleshooting of instrumentation utilized for human diagnostic tests. Dominique has a very keen interest in PCR-related applications and is especially interested in the development of new testing methodologies.

Taelor Mackenzie

Laboratory Technical Officer

Taelor attended the University of Queensland, Gatton, where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Biology. After moving to Scone in 2017 she has worked closely with the local equine industry and was thrilled to join us in the Equine Genetics Research Centre. Her key interests include hereditary equine diseases and thoroughbred breeding.

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