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Meet our Humans of Medical Research

We want to introduce you to our scientists as humans. These are the people who directly benefit from your ongoing support. They are so excited to share their stories with you!

You can even ask them a question!

Dr Ulf Schmitz

Dr Ulf Schmitz

I see music as a release. It helps clear my head and is fantastic at reducing stress.

Professor Phil Hansbro

Professor Phil Hansbro

Outside of the laboratory I’m an avid birdwatcher. I’ve been fascinated by birds since I was a child.

Associate Professor Devanshi Seth

Associate Professor Devanshi Seth

I’ve always been very passionate about my hobbies, and always been artistically inclined.

Dr Hui Emma Zhang

Dr Hui Emma Zhang

For me, life is all about learning and experimentation, the love for my family and of course cooking!

Dr Claudio Counoupas

Dr Claudio Counoupas

Born in Egypt to parents who were half-Italian and half-Greek, I grew up fascinated by science.

Professor Chris Semsarian

Professor Chris Semsarian

I’m Head of the Molecular Cardiology Program at Centenary. I established the Program in 2001.

Natasha Yung

Natasha Yung

My role as Risk and Compliance Manager is to ensure Centenary meets standards and regulations relevant to our work.

Dr Nick Pearce

Dr Nick Pearce

I’m the Chief Operating Officer at Centenary. As COO, I am responsible for anything which doesn’t directly come under science.

Professor Mark Gorrell

Professor Mark Gorrell

As a child, I was always fascinated with how things worked, which is what initially attracted me to medical research.

Dr Elinor Hortle

Dr Elinor Hortle

I am among a league of scientists determined to eliminate the world’s deadliest infectious disease, tuberculosis.

Stuart Cook

Stuart Cook

I never really thought one day I’d be donning a lab coat in my day-to-day work. But after studying biology in Year 11, the tables turned.

Dr Katrina Frankcombe

Dr Katrina Frankcombe

I’m in charge of Translation and Commercialisation. I help our research breakthroughs become real-life health solutions.

Jade Boland

Jade Boland

I am a Research Assistant in Professor Geoff McCaughan’s Liver Injury and Cancer Program here at the Centenary Institute.

Dr Kristina Jahn

Dr Kristina Jahn

My job is to ensure that our high-tech state-of-the-art microscopes at Centenary are operating well for their research.

Associate Professor Anthony Don

Associate Professor Anthony Don

My research is creating a more thorough understanding of the underlying causes of brain inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Stefan Oehlers

Dr Stefan Oehlers

When I’m not at work I find ways to relax and recently just swapped video games for running.

Professor Peter Hersey

Professor Peter Hersey

I have been treating melanoma patients and researching ‘Australia’s cancer’ for decades.

Associate Professor Jodie Ingles

Associate Professor Jodie Ingles

I have been working as a cardiac genetic counsellor for the past 14 years meeting families with inherited heart conditions.

Dr Philip Tong

Dr Philip Tong

I work in the field of skin diseases, to better understand the disease mechanisms of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Dr Ken Liu

Dr Ken Liu

My work is investigating new ways to treat liver cancer. This area of medical research is important as liver cancer is rising.

Dr Ben Roediger

Dr Ben Roediger

My work is investigating the mechanisms by which inflammation contributes to chronic inflammatory diseases, including allergic disease and cancer.

Julie Hunter

Julie Hunter

I went to university to study a psychology degree and realised that I loved carrying out experiments and I have been in the lab ever since.

Dr Richard Bagnall

Dr Richard Bagnall

I investigate the causes of cardiovascular disease in order to uncover better treatments and cures for a disease, one of Australia’s biggest killers.

Dr Angelina Lay

Dr Angelina Lay

I love what I do every day, it is challenging but rewarding knowing that my medical research today will help us better understand disease.

Associate Professor Patrick Bortolino

Associate Professor Patrick Bortolino

My passion for research is fuelled by an eager curiosity and a burning desire to dissect and understand the mechanisms of complex biology.