Staff Profile


Career Summary



  • Master of Philosophy, Australian National University, 15/12/2005
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sc)(Honours), University of Technology Sydney, 16/05/2003
  • Bachelor of Science (Biomedical), University of Technology Sydney, 16/05/2001


Research keywords

  • Public Health

Research expertise

I have a B.Sc (Hons 1) and MPhil in Plant Science, where my studies focused on carotenoid content and regulation in wheat as a primary determinant of flour colour. After graduating with my MPhil, I moved to Newcastle in 2005 and since then have worked as a research assistant on a range of research projects with the University of Newcastle. I began working as a laboratory research assistant on projects using primary bronchial epithelial cell models of virus infection to determine mediators of viral respiratory tract infections. From there I went on to an NHMRC-funded project looking at susceptibility to Chlamydia trachomatis infection, where we sought to determine the effects of female sex hormones on the innate immune response to Chlamydia infection using primary endocervical cells. I was then employed as a research assistant working with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit research team at the John Hunter Hospital, which mainly involved Laser Doppler and videomicroscopy studies for measurement of peripheral microvascular function in newborn infants as a cause of cardiovascular instability in pre-term newborns. Since 2012 I have worked at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics as a project officer. Originally I was employed on the Hospital Outpatient Alcohol Project, which is a large randomised controlled trial for electronic screening and brief intervention for outpatients with unhealthy alcohol use. Since the completion of that study I have been involved in a pilot study of genetic feedback and telephone counselling on cancer susceptibility to reduce risky drinking in hospital outpatients, and I am currently working in a research support role for Prof Kypros Kypri who leads an alcohol research group at the University of Newcastle which addresses a range of methodological, aetiological and intervention studies addressing the burden of injury and disease attributable to alcohol.

Fields of Research

111700Public Health And Health Services100


Administrative expertise

Research role


Teaching keywords

  • Research role

Teaching expertise

Research role



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Chapter (1 outputs)

2006Cuttriss AJ, Mimica JL, Howitt CA, Pogson BJ, 'Carotenoids', The Structure and Function of Plastids, Kluwer Academic Pub, Netherlands 315-334 (2006)

Journal article (6 outputs)

2014Dyson RM, Palliser HK, Lakkundi A, de Waal K, Latter JL, Clifton VL, Wright IM, 'Early microvascular changes in the preterm neonate: a comparative study of the human and guinea pig.', Physiol Rep, 2 (2014) [C1]
2014Dyson RM, Palliser HK, Latter JL, Chwatko G, Glowacki R, Wright IMR, 'A Role for H2S in the microcirculation of newborns: The major metabolite of H2S (thiosulphate) is increased in preterm infants', PLoS ONE, 9 (2014) [C1]
2014Johnson NA, Kypri K, Latter J, McElduff P, Saunders JB, Saitz R, et al., 'Prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use in hospital outpatients', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144 270-273 (2014) [C1]
2011Amirshahi A, Wan C, Beagley K, Latter JL, Symonds IM, Timms P, 'Modulation of the Chlamydia trachomatis In vitro transcriptome response by the sex hormones estradiol and progesterone', BMC Microbiology, 11 150 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: IAN SYMONDS

2009Howitt CA, Cavanagh CR, Bowerman AF, Cazzonelli C, Rampling L, Mimica JL, Pogson BJ, 'Alternative splicing, activation of cryptic exons and amino acid substitutions in carotenoid biosynthetic genes are associated with lutein accumulation in wheat endosperm', Functional & Integrative Genomics, 9 363-376 (2009)
2007Wark PA, Bucchieri F, Johnston SL, Gibson PG, Hamilton L, Mimica J, et al., 'IFN-gamma-induced protein 10 is a novel biomarker of rhinovirus-induced asthma exacerbations', Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 120 586-593 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (7 outputs)

2012Wright IM, Latter JL, Wright A, Finnegan T, Clifton VL, 'Maternal peripheral constriction in preeclampsia is not reflected in the central microvasculature', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E3]
2012Wright IM, Latter JL, Buchan J, 'Videomicroscopy of neonatal microvasculature: Relationship to laser doppler flowmetry', Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society, Zeist, The Netherlands (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: IAN WRIGHT

2012Dyson RM, Palliser HK, Latter JL, Chwatko G, Glowacki R, Wright IM, 'Hydrogen sulphide in the neonatal transitional circulation', Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society, Zeist, The Netherlands (2012) [E3]
2012Wright IM, Latter JL, Wright A, Finnegan T, Clifton VL, 'Functional capillary density in babies born to mothers with preeclampsia', 16th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2011Wright IM, Dyson RM, Latter JL, Clifton VL, 'Microvascular blood flow changes from 6 to 24 h in the preterm infant', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Hobart, Tasmania (2011) [E3]
2010Wright IM, Latter JL, Finnegan T, Clifton VL, 'Placental vascular mediators in preeclampsia', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health: Abstracts of the 14th Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 2010, Wellington, NZ (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

No funding.


Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Mrs Joanna Latter

Work Phone(02) 4042 0379
Fax(02) 4042 0044
PositionProject Officer
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPublic Health
Level 4 West