PhD in Paediatrics, The University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute
Honours in Paediatrics, The University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute
Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), Molecular Medicine (Genetics and Biochemistry), The University of Western Australia
Dr Holly Clifford is a medical science researcher and an academic editor, specialising in medical and scientific editing. Her PhD investigated the genetic determinants of immune responses to the measles vaccine in infants from Australia and Mozambique, Africa. Her work identified several genetic variants in immune pathways that led to vaccine failure, which has implications for the vulnerability of children, particularly in disadvantaged groups in developing nations. Dr Clifford is currently with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia, investigating the health impacts of environmental issues in remote Aboriginal communities, in a study that prioritises community engagement, health promotion, environmental intervention and research translation to impart tangible benefits for vulnerable Aboriginal Australian children and their families.
Dr Clifford has been a researcher for over 15 years and has had extensive experience with academic editing and writing through her own publications, theses and proposals and those of the many students and staff she has supervised. Dr Clifford has published 12 peer-reviewed journal articles in leading immunology/environmental health/Aboriginal advocacy journals. She has also been successful in obtaining several prestigious research fellowships, awards and grants, attracting around $2 million in research funding. This experience, in particular, is what makes Dr Clifford one of our most sought-after grant editors. She is highly skilled at assisting scholars to communicate their research to funding bodies effectively
The writing and editing aspects of research have always been Dr Clifford’s particular strengths. With an eye for detail and a passion for presenting research in an understandable and interesting way, Dr Clifford is passionate about convincing a range of audiences how important and fascinating research can be. An inherent perfectionism and a love of words lend itself well towards a career in academic editing, and Dr Clifford is thoroughly enjoys reading and reviewing a diverse range of interesting topics in her work at Capstone Editing.
Clifford HD, Richmond P, Khoo S-K, Zhang G, Yerkovich ST, Le Souëf PN, Hayden CM. SLAM and DC-SIGN measles receptor polymorphisms and their impact on antibody and cellular responses to measles vaccine. Vaccine 2011; 29(33): 5407–5413.
Clifford HD, Yerkovich ST, Khoo S-K, Zhang G, Upham J, Le Souëf PN, Richmond P, Hayden CM. Toll-like receptor 7 and 8 polymorphisms: associations with functional effects and infant antibody and cellular responses to measles virus and vaccine. Immunogenetics 2012; 64(3):219–228.
Clifford HD, Hayden CM, Khoo S-K, Zhang G, Le Souëf PN, Richmond P. CD46 measles receptor polymorphisms influence receptor protein expression and primary measles vaccine responses in naïve Australian children. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 2012; 19(5): 704–710.
Clifford HD, Yerkovich ST, Khoo S-K, Zhang G, Upham J, Le Souëf PN, Richmond P, Hayden CM. TLR3 and RIG-I gene variants: associations with functional effects on receptor expression and responses to measles virus and vaccine in vaccinated infants. Human Immunology 2012; 73(6): 677–85.
Clifford HD, Hayden CM, Khoo S-K, Naniche D, Mandomando I, Zhang G, Richmond P, Le Souëf PN. Polymorphisms in key innate immune genes and their effects on measles vaccine responses and vaccine failure in children from Mozambique. Vaccine 2012; 30(43): 6180–5.
Clifford HD, Hayden CM, Khoo S-K, Naniche D, Mandomando I, Zhang G, Richmond P, Le Souëf PN. Impact of CD14 promoter variants on measles vaccine responses and vaccine failure in children from Australia and Mozambique. Tissue Antigens 2013; 82(6): 420–2.
Clifford HD, Perks KL, Zosky GR. Geogenic PM10 exposure exacerbates responses to influenza infection. Science of the Total Environment 2015; 533: 275–82.
Clifford HD, Pearson G, Franklin P, Walker R, Zosky GR. Environmental health challenges in remote Aboriginal Australian communities: clean air, clean water and safe housing. [Review] Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin 2015; 15(2). **Also published in the Analysis & Policy Observatory (http://apo.org.au/node/66648), and in the Journal of Environmental Health Australia (WA) 2016; 22(2): 11–17.**
Melody SM, Bennett E, Clifford HD, Johnston FH, Shepherd CC, Alach Z, Lester M, Wood LJ, Franklin P, Zosky GR. A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. International Journal of Environmental Health Research 2016; 1–11.
Clifford HD, Hayden CM, Khoo S-K, Naniche D, Mandomando I, Zhang G, Richmond P, Le Souëf PN. Genetic variants in the IL-4/IL-13 pathway influence measles vaccine responses and vaccine failure in children from Mozambique. Viral Immunology 2017; 30(7): 472–478.
Pickering J, Teo TH, Thornton RB, Kirkham LA, Zosky GR, Clifford HD. Bacillus licheniformis in geogenic dust induces inflammation in respiratory epithelium. Environmental Research 2018; 164: 248–254.
Shepherd CCJ*, Clifford HD*, Mitrou F, Melody SM, Bennett EJ, Johnston FH, Knibbs LD, Pereira G, Pickering JL, Teo TH, Kirkham LS, Thornton RB, Kicic A, Ling KM, Alach Z, Lester M, Franklin P, Reid D, Zosky GR. The Contribution of Geogenic Particulate Matter to Lung Disease in Indigenous Children. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2019; 16(15): 2636. *Joint first authors