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Centenary Institute - Medical Research
Centenary Institute - Medical Research

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!

Meet our scientists and you can even ask them a question!

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

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Dr Nick Pearce

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Stuart Cook

Stuart Cook - Centenary Institute Scientist

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 Kristina Jahn

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

Professor Peter Hersey

Peter Hersey - Centenary Institute Scientist

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

Dr Ken Liu

Ken Liu - Centenary Institute Scientist

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

Dr Richard Bagnall

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Professor Chris Semsarian

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Professor Mark Gorrell

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Dr Katrina Frankcombe

Katrina Frankcombe - Centenary Institute Scientist

I’m in charge of Translation and Commercialisation – my role requires me to look at what research is being undertaken at Centenary.

Associate Prof Anthony Don

Centenary Institute Medical Reasearch

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

Associate Prof Jodie Ingles

Jodie Ingles - Centenary Institute Scientist

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

Dr Ben Roediger

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Dr Angelina Lay

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Natasha Yung

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

Dr Elinor Hortle

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Jade Boland

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Dr Stefan Oehlers

Centenary Institute Medical Research

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

Dr Philip Tong

Philip Tong - Centenary Institute Scientist

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

Julie Hunter

Julie Hunter - Centenary Institute Scientist

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.

Associate Prof Patrick Bortolino

Patrick Bertolino - Centenary Institute

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

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