Our people

Our people

The Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre sits across seven departments, with the Management Committee based in the Department of Molecular Sciences. Membership of the centre is focused on collaboration across departments and faculties through individuals who can contribute to achieving the aims of the Centre.

The Science Advisory Board meets bi-annually. Members include:

  • Mr Andrew Gilbert, BioPlatforms Australia (Chair)
  • Dr Brad Walsh, CEO Minomic
  • Professor Marc Wilkins, Director of Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, UNSW.

Management committee

Nicki Packer

Director, Biomolecular Discovery and Design

Professor Nicki Packer 

Formerly Executive Vice President of the biotechnology company Proteome Systems, Nicki was part of the team that set up the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility at Macquarie. She is a senior editor of Proteomics and holds several patents in glycobiology.

Ian Paulsen

Deputy Director, Biomolecular Discovery and Design

Professor Ian Paulsen 

An expert in genomics, Ian worked for several years as an investigator for the Institute for Genomic Research in the US, where he led the sequencing of many microbial genomes. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and holds a NSW Life Science Research Award at Macquarie.

Helena Nevalainen

Director, MBiotech

Professor Helena Nevalainen 

Helena is an experienced research manager, and has worked in the biotechnology industry on strain and product development. She has also researched for multinational biotech companies in the US and Finland.

Paul Haynes

Director, ITTC

Professor Paul Haynes 

Before joining Macquarie, Paul pursued a research career in the US, including working at the Rockefeller University in New York, and as Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. In 2006 he took up a New South Wales Government Biofirst Fellowship.

Mark Malloy

Director, APAF

Associate Professor Mark Molloy 

Mark is a biochemist with 20 years' experience in proteomics. He completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan Medical School. 

Later he worked in the proteomics R&D group at Pfizer, leading a team to identify biomarkers of new drug entities.

Morten Thaysen-Andersen

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Morten Thaysen-Andersen

Morten obtained his PhD in analytical glycobiology in 2009 from University of Southern Denmark. He has since been awarded several postdoctoral fellowships at Macquarie University with funding from the Danish and Australian Research Council and Cancer Institute NSW.

Sasha Tetu 

Lecturer, DECRA Fellow

Dr Sasha Tetu

Sasha is a molecular microbiologist and DECRA Fellow at Macquarie University. Her research utilises a variety of 'omics' techniques to better understand the biology of microorganisms involved in disease, industrial and agricultural processes.

 

Members

Member Organisational unit
Professor Brian Atwell Dept of Biological Sciences (Biology)
Associate Professor Andrew Barron Biology
Associate Professor Paul Beggs Dept of Environmental Sciences
Emeritus Professor Peter Bergquist MQMS
Dr Louise Brown MQMS
Associate Professor Jennifer CornishDepartment of Psychology
Professor Roger ChungFaculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS)
Professor Yves De DeeneDepartment of Engineering
Dr Alfonso Garcia-BennettMQMS
Professor Michael GillingsBiology
Associate Professor Ann GoodchildFMHS - ASAM
Professor Gilles GuilleminFMHS - ASAM
Dr Jennifer HallinanBiology
Associate Professor Grant HoseBiology
Dr Paul JaschkeMQMS
Associate Professor Bridget MabbuttMQMS
Professor David RaftosBiology
Professor Shoba RanganathanMQMS
Dr Georgy SofronovDepartment of Statistics
Associate Professor Anwar SunnaMQMS
Dr Sasha TetuMQMS
Dr Morten Thaysen-AndersenMQMS
Professor Robert WillowsMQMS
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