Management

Committee

Cassandra Griffin

President

Cassandra manages NSW Regional Biospecimen and Research Services at the University of Newcastle, NSW. She has held this position since early 2018 and has contributed to the growth and diversification of the Hunter Cancer Biobank and Mark Hughes Foundation Brain Bank with support from NSW Health...

Georget Reaiche-Miller

Vice President

Dr. Georget Reaiche-Miller received her Bachelor of Science and Honours degree in 2003 in the area of Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Adelaide. In 2008 she completed her PhD in Virology at the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science, The University of Adelaide. She was a full...

Helen Tsimiklis

Co-Treasurer

After completing a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Helen commenced as a research assistant at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she supported research in acute leukaemia and reprogramming of stem cells. In 2000, she moved to the University of Melbourne and joined a research group focussed on...

Leanne Wallace

Co-Treasurer

Leanne Wallace is the laboratory manager in the Human Studies Unit (HSU) for the Program in Complex Trait Genomics (PCTG) at Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland. Leanne was a founding member of the HSU laboratory established in February 2016. Leanne drew from her 20 years...

Ussha Pillai

Secretary

Ussha is a project officer at UNSW working with the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Infrastructure and UNSW Biospecimen Services to support the planning and operation of the new Integrated Acute Services Building being built within the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct. She...

Nina D'Vaz

Ordinary Member

Nina holds an Honours degree in Biological Science from the University of Copenhagen and has completed PhD in Clinical Immunology through University of Western Australia. She has worked in laboratories for over 20 years and her experience includes recombinant protein generation, Murine tissue...

Anusha Hettiaratchi

Ordinary Member

Anusha is the manager at the UNSW Biorepository, located within the Lowy Cancer Centre, as part of the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre at UNSW. She has over 13 years’ experience as a bench scientist, and uses skills learnt and refined during this time to now enable research through the services...

Samantha Higgins

Ordinary Member

Samantha is currently the Quality Manager of the Victorian Cancer Biobank (VCB), a network of five Tissue Banks together with a Central Operations node located across Metropolitan Melbourne. Samantha uses her 14+ years of experience working as a Scientist in ISO-accredited forensic laboratories and...

Valerie Jakrot

Ordinary Member

Starting in clinical trials Val moved to manage the biospecimen bank at Melanoma Institute Australia in 2010. In 2019 Val now oversees the collaborative research projects of MIA, their governance, reporting frameworks and funding (government and community grants). Val’s background is nursing and...

Catherine Kennedy

Ordinary Member

Catherine is the manager of the Gynaecological Oncology Biobank (GynBiobank) at Westmead Hospital and The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, NSW. She has held this position since 2005. During this time, the GynBiobank has achieved significant growth with support provided, in part, by the ABN...

Louise Ludlow

Louise manages the Children’s Cancer Centre Biobank at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne. Louise has been in this role since she was given the opportunity to establish the biobank in 2013. She strives to provide high quality, clinically annotated...

Wayne Ng

Ordinary Member

Wayne is the Manager for Victorian Cancer Biobank (VCB) based in Melbourne, with special interests in modernisation and sustainable biobanking operations as a consortium. He is also currently the Indo-Pacific Rim Regional Ambassador for International Society for Biological and Environmental...

Shirley Wee

Dr Shirley Wee is a clinical research fellow with Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ), Griffith University. Following a career in advertising, marketing and promotions in South East Asia and Japan, she settled in Australia where she achieved a First Class Honours in Biomedical Science, a...

Li Zhou

Ordinary Member

Li was a registered paediatrician in China. After she obtained her PhD from University of Sydney in 2011, she worked as postdoctoral research officer for 2 years before she stepped into biobanking field. This year is her 7 years full time working as Project Officer with The Tumour Bank at The...