Management

Committee

Anusha Hettiaratchi

President

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...

Cassandra Griffin

Vice President

Cassandra manages the Hunter Cancer Biobank (HCB) at Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle, NSW. She has held this position since early 2018 and has contributed to the growth and diversification of the Biobank with support from NSW Health Pathology and the University of Newcastle’s Hunter...

Catherine Kennedy

Treasurer

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...

Valerie Jakrot

Treasurer

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...

Helen Tsimiklis

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...

Ussha Pillai

Secretary

After completing a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) Ussha commenced as a technical assistant in Pathology at Royal North Shore Hospital before moving to the Kolling Institute Tumour Bank in 2006. Ussha is experienced in consenting patients, collecting and processing biospecimens, submitting...

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...

Georget Reaiche-Miller

Ordinary Member

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...

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...

Leanne Wallace

Ordinary Member

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...

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...

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...