School of Health and Life Sciences

Priscilla Prestes

Position: Research Fellow – Robert HT Smith Fellowship - Collaborative Research Network for Self-sustaining Regions (CRN)
Phone: 03 5327 6670
Room: Y 122


  • Master's Degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Teaching areas

  • Genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular biology

Professional associations

  • High Blood Pressure Research Society of Australia
  • International Society of Hypertension (member no 16587)
  • International Society of Hypertension New Investigators Network
  • International Society for Heart Research

Research interests

Priscilla's PhD research was undertaken at La Trobe University in collaboration with Victoria Police Forensic Services Department. Currently, she is a researcher in our team as Robert HT Smith Fellow. Priscilla is currently involved in mining Whole Genome DNA Sequencing data from the animal models studied in our laboratory and linking mutations to possible phenotypic changes.

She is also interested in investigating the role of Y-chromosome in cardiovascular diseases.


  1. Marques FZ, Prestes PR, Pinheiro LB, Scurrah K, Emslie KR, Harrap SB, Charchar FJ (2014). Droplet digital PCR Measurement of copy number variation in essential hypertension. (Submitted)
  2. Prestes PR, Mitchell RJ, Santos C, Van Oorschot RAH (2013). The SNPforID 34-plex – its ability to infer level of admixture in individuals, Forensic Sci Int-Gen,4:e13-e14.
  3. Prestes PR, Mitchell RJ, Daniel R, Ballantyne KN, Van Oorschot RAH (2011). Evaluation of the IrisPlex system in admixed individuals. Forensic Sci Int-Gen, 3:283-84.
  4. Kieling C, Prestes PR, Saraiva-Pereira ML, Jardim LB (2007). Survival estimates for patients with Machado-Joseph disease (SCA3). Clin Genet, 72:543-5.
  5. Prestes PR, Saraiva-Pereira ML, Silveira I, Sequeiros J, Jardim LB (2007). Machado-Joseph disease enhances genetic fitness: a comparison between affected and unaffected women and between MJD and the general population. Ann Hum Gen, 72:57-64.
  6. Cardoso VV, Prestes PR, Moreira JC, Oliveira AK (2006). Changes in ornithine decarboxylase activity in response to temperature stress and stimulation of juvenile hormone in Anastrepha fraterculus (Diptera, Tephritidae). Arch Insect Biochem, 62:176-85.
  7. Cardoso VV, Prestes PR, Casali EA, Moreira JC, Oliveira AK (2004). Ornithine decarboxylase activity during the development of Anastrepha fraterculus (Diptera, Tephritidae). Arch Insect Biochem, 57:151-9.