About the CLARITY team

We are located in level 5 of Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) in the Genes, Environment & Complex Diseases Group, Cell Biology Theme.

Justine Ellis
Justine is an ANZ CLARITY co-Principal Investigator. She has a PhD in complex disease genetics. She also has extensive background in complex disease genetic research spanning over 20 years. In recognition of the fact that genes work in conjunction with the environment, she has developed additional skills in epidemiology and broader genomics to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to studying childhood arthritis. Justine has two teenage children, and very much enjoys music and singing – in the shower, in the car, anywhere!

Jane Munro
Jane is a paediatric rheumatologist and head of the Rheumatology Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She loves working with children and young people and their families. She is also a mum to three kids who keep her on her toes. 

Tria Williams
Tria is a senior research nurse working on ANZ CLARITY. She has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Hospital for a very long time as a paediatric nurse. Since 2005, Tria has worked as the Rheumatology nurse looking after patients and their families living with JIA. When Tria is not working she is hanging out with her three daughters.

Joanna Cobb
Joanna is a senior research officer working on ANZ CLARITY. She completed a PhD at The University of Melbourne, then moved to Manchester UK to research JIA. After 6 years of cloudy skies and drizzle, she decided to return to sunny Melbourne and joined the ANZ CLARITY team in 2017. In her time away from research she enjoys going for brunch and reading stories to her young son.

Raul Chavez
Raul is a research assistant and PhD student on the ANZ CLARITY team. Since 2008, he has been involved with the Biobanking operations of ANZ CLARITY. He is currenlty completing his PhD on epigenetics using ANZ CLARITY samples. He has three kids with his beautiful wife Johanna, who all love music, dancing and playing sports of all kinds.