Dr Mary McMillan

Senior Lecturer , Biomedical Science - School of Science and Technology

Mary McMillan

Phone: +61 2 6773 2118

Email: mary.mcmillan@une.edu.au

Twitter: @accidental_sci


I am a graduate of the University of New England, completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours in 2007, before moving on to complete my PhD in a joint project between UNE and CSIRO. Following the completion of my PhD in 2013, I joined UNE as an academic staff member, in the area of Molecular and Cellular biology, and am now a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science.

My interests are in human genetics and molecular biology. I am a member of the UNE Brain Behaviour Research Group, and teach the following units:

- PSIO120: Introductory Human Physiology 2

- GENE210: Introductory Genetics

- Year 1 and 2 genetics in the Joint Medical Program

I am also the Course Coordinator for the Science Pathways, providing avenues into University study for students who don’t have a traditional background in science.

I also have a passion for science communication, and am actively involved in a number of outreach activities, including HSC booster days, Far Out Science, and initiatives including the CSIROs Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools program and Skype a Scientist.

To learn more about my research and teaching you can follow me on Twitter: @accidental_sci or Instagram: @theaccidentalscientist


  • BSc (Hons) (UNE)
  • PhD (Molecular Biology), UNE,
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (UNE)

Teaching Areas

Since joining UNE I have taught across a wide range of units in Molecular and Cellular Biology. My major teaching areas are genetics and human development, and my current teaching portfolio includes the following units:

  • PSIO120: Introductory Human Physiology 2 (Unit coordinator)
  • GENE210/410: Introductory Genetics (Unit coordinator)

In addition to teaching in the discipline of Biomedical Science, I also teach genetics to students studying in the Joint Medical Program. I regularly supervise students completing SCI395 research projects, and students undertaking work placement through the unit WORK300.

Research Interests

My research is carried out within UNE’s Brain and Behaviour Research Group. As part of this multi-disciplinary team I am investigating biological and genetic markers for mental illness, specifically in the area of depression. Ultimately the goal of this research is to improve diagnosis of mental illness, and provide personalised treatments for individuals. I am also involved in research projects in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

In addition to these major research projects, I also apply my knowledge and skills in molecular and cellular biology in supervising undergraduate research projects, Honours projects, and post-graduate students across a range of different fields.


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Member of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Genetics Society of Australasia, and the Australian Science Communicators