Ussha Pillai


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 and reporting to multiple human ethics committees and also writing and updating the Standard Operating Procedures.

During her time at the Kolling she has been heavily involved in the design and development of the Tumour Bank Database. Ussha has also spent 6 months seconded to the Australian Breast Cancer Tissue Bank as the project manager.

She has collaborated on several NSW Biospecimen Stakeholder Network projects including the consent project Embedding patient tissue banking consent into routine clinical practice: To maximise state-wide consent and enable a patient-led approach to tissue banking and most recently the data linkage project Enabling near real-time clinical data capture for biobanks using electronic medical records (eMR).

Ussha is currently the Senior Tumour Bank Officer at the Kolling Institute Tumour Bank managing the day-to-day running of the bank and leading a team of four biobanking staff. In 2018, Ussha was responsible for achieving certification status for the Kolling Institute Tumour Bank through the NSW Health Pathology Biobank Certification Program by leading the tumour bank team through the process, becoming only the fifth biobank to do so.