Dr Tatiane Yanes

PhD; MSc Genetic Counselling, BSc (Genetics and Molecular Biology),

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


About me

Tatiane completed a Bachelor of Science (Genetics and Molecular Biology) at the Australian National University, and a Master of Genetic Counselling at Griffith University. While studying for her master’s degree, Tatiane completed a placement at the National Institute of Health where she assisted in research assessing the impact of genomic testing and completed training as research genetic counsellor. Her time at the National Institute of Health sparked a love for genetic counselling research and in 2015 Tatiane moved to Sydney to complete a PhD at UNSW Sydney.  

Recently, Tatiane submitted her PhD thesis where she assessed the psychological and behavioural impact of returning polygenic risk scores to women at increased risk of breast cancer. During her PhD, she was awarded a National Health and Medical Council (NHMRC) postgraduate scholarship, a National Breast Cancer Foundation scholarship and a Translational Cancer Research Network PhD top-up award. She also received multiple awards including best oral presentation at the 2017 International Meeting on Psychosocial Impact of Hereditary Cancer, and was a runner-up for best oral presentation at the 2018 Translational Cancer Research Network Symposium. On top of her research, Tatiane has also worked as a clinical and research genetic counsellor in Brisbane and Sydney.

In 2019 Tatiane returned to Brisbane and is now a postdoctoral research fellow at UQ Diamantina Institute. She continues to conduct research to support the safe implementation of polygenic risk scores into clinical practice including assessing health care professionals training needs, evaluating existing methods of communicating polygenic information, and assessing psychological and behavioural outcomes associated with receiving this information. She also recently developed a workshop to upskill genetic health professionals on the use of polygenic risk information to assess cancer risk. Given her expertise as a genetic counsellor and experience with polygenic risk scores, Tatiane has been invited to present at several national and international meetings including at the Familial Aspects of Cancer: Research and Practice, Kingscliff, Australia; the Australian Polygenic Risk Symposium, Sydney; and at the National Society of Genetic Counsellors annual conference, Salt Lake City, USA.


Yanes, T., McInerney-Leo, A., Law, M., and Cummings, S. (2020).The emerging field of polygenic risk scores and perspective for use in clinical care. Human Molecular Genetics doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddaa136

Yanes T., Kaur, R., Meiser, B., Scheepers-Joynt, M., McInerny, S., Barlow-Stewart, K., Antill, Y., Salmon, L., Smyth, C., James, P. A. and Young, M. A. (2020).Women’s responses and understanding of polygenic breast cancer risk information. Familial Cancer doi:10.1007/s10689-020-00185-2

McMeniman, E. K., McInerney-Leo, A. M., Peach, E., Lee, K. J., Yanes, T., Jagirdar, K., Stark, M. S., Soyer, H. P., Duffy, D. L. and Sturm, R. A. (2020).CDKN2A testing threshold in a high-risk Australian melanoma cohort: number of primaries, family history and young age of onset impact risk. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology jdv.16627 doi: 10.1111/jdv.16627

Meiser, B, Guo, X., Putt, S., Fullerton, J., Schofield, P. R., Mitchell, P.B. and Yanes, T. (2020).Psychosocial implications of living with familial risk of a psychiatric disorder and attitudes to psychiatric genetic testing: A systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 183 (5) ajmg.b.32786, 277-288. doi:10.1002/ajmg.b.32786

Yanes T., Young M.A., Meiser B., James PA., Clinica applications of polygenic breast cancer risk: a critical review and perspectives of an emerging field, Breast Cancer Research, 2020. Vol 22(1). DOI: 10.1186/s13058-020-01260-3

Yanes T., Meiser B.,Kaur R., Scheepers-Joynt M., McInerny S., Barlow-Stewart K., Antill Y., Smyth C., Halliday J., Young M.A. James P.A. Uptake of polygenic breast cancer risk information among women at increased risk of breast cancer, Clinical Genetics, 2019 [Online ahead of print], DOI: 10.1111/cge.13687

Sophie, P., Yanes, T., Meiser, B., Kaur, R., Fullerton, J., Toma, C., Barlow-Stewart, K., Schofield, P., Peay, H., Mitchell, P., Exploration of experiences with and understanding of polygenic risk scores for bipolar disorder, Journal of Affective Disorders, 2020. Vol 265, pp. 342-350

Yanes, T., Willis, A., Meiser, B., Tucker, K., Best, M., Psychosocial and behavioral outcomes of genomic testing in cancer: A systematic review, European Journal of Human Genetics, 2019. 27: p28-35.

Kaur., R., Meiser, B., Yanes, T., Young, MA., Barlow-Stewart, K., Roscioli, T., James, PA., Development and pilot testing of a leaflet informing women with breast cancer about genomic testing for polygenic risk, Familial Cancer, 2018. Vol 18(2), pp.147-152.

Lausen, L., Smith, S., Cai, A., Meiser, B., Yanes, T., Ahmad, R., Gillian, R., How is health literacy addressed in general practice? A qualitative study of strategies that general practitioners use to support patients, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 2018. Vol 11(4), pp. 278-287.

Smith, S., Cai, A., Wong, M., Sousa, M., Peate, P., Welsh, A., Meiser, B., Kaur, R., Halliday, J., Lewis, S., Trevena, L., Yanes, T., Barlow-Stewart, K., Barclay, M., Improving women's knowledge about prenatal screening in the era of non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome - development and acceptability of a low literacy decision aid, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2018. Vol 18(499).

Yanes, T., Meiser, B., Young, M., Kaur, R., Mitchell, G., Barlow-Stewart, K., Roscioli, T., Halliday, J., James, P., Psychosocial and behavioral impact of breast cancer risk assessed by testing for common risk variants: protocol of a prospective study. BMC Cancer, 2017. 17(1): p. 491.

Yanes T., Humphreys L., McInerney-Leo A., Biesecker B. Factors Associated with Parental Adaptation to Children with an Undiagnosed Medical Condition. Journal of Genetic Counselling, 2017. 26(4): 9.829-840. 

Jamal L., Sapp J.C., Lewis K., Yanes T., Facio F.M., Biesecker L.G., Biesecker B.B.  Research participants' attitudes towards the confidentiality of genomic sequence information. European Journal of Human Genetics, (2014) 22, 964-968.