After completing a degree in Medical Laboratory Science Lynn worked in routine pathology labs for several years, both in Australia and the UK. Whilst working in the Immunology and Rheumatology Department of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital London, she completed a Master’s degree in Applied Immunology undertaking research investigating circulating levels of keratin sulphate as a potential diagnostic indicator in osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. She then worked for the Medical Research Council in the UK, conducting research in the Human Biochemical Genetics Unit.

Lynn gained employment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at JCU in 1994, and later worked in the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  During this time she also undertook her PhD studies, with her project entitled Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin subunit vaccines and diagnostic assays developed via DNA cloning strategies. This research was undertaken in collaboration with a group in Okayama University, Japan and included approximately 18 month’s work in their facility as an Associate Professor. After returning to JCU from Japan Dr Woodward worked in the Advanced Analytical Centre and developed and managed the Genetic Analysis Facility.

In 2007 Dr Woodward joined the School of Medicine and Dentistry at JCU, as the Research Resource Manager. More recently her interest has been in the area of Bioethics. Following completion of a Master of Bioethics she was awarded the Monash WHO Bioethics Fellowship which allowed her to undertake work in the Ethics in Health Unit of the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dr Woodward continues to be actively involved in various laboratory based research projects in the College as well as developing her own research interests.  In particular she is interested in the ethical issues surrounding the use of Medical Products of Human Origin and the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in biobanks.  Other areas of interest include the education of medical and science students in issues surrounding bioethics and scientific integrity.


  • HS7405: Research Methodologies for Health Professionals (Level 7; TSV)
  • MD1010: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD3000: Selective Study (Level 3; TSV)
  • PC5521: Pharmaceutical Public Health - Research Methodologies (Level 5; TSV)
  • Medical Product of Human Origin
  • Indigenous participation in Biobanks
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Scientific integrity and the responsible conduct of research
  • Medical ethics
  • 2014 to present - HREC member, Townsville Hosptial and Health Service (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2012 to present - HREC member, JCU (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2000 to 2001 - Assistant Professor, Okayama University, Graduate School of Medicine & Dentistry (Okayama, Japan)
  • 1993 to 1994 - Senior Research Assistant, U of Qld, CRC for Cardiac Technology (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 1991 to 1993 - Scientific Officer, Medical Research Council, Human Biochemical Genetics Unit (London, England)
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  • 2011 - Monash-WHO Bioethics Fellowship

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  • What InfluencesThe Provision Of Care To Periviable Babies In North Queensland And What Are The Consequences Of The Provision Of This Care. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • To feed or not to Feed: An Exploration of the Means of Nutrition for Acute Medical Care for Patients with end Stage Dementia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Enhancing Current International Human Research Ethics Guidelines by Including Indigenous Principles of Human Research Ethics. The Cases of the Pacific Island Nations of Fiji and Tonga. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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