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Our People

Sydney Catalyst is comprised of a large and diverse membership of individual researchers, clinicians and students with a shared commitment to improving outcomes for people affected by cancer.

The members and staff from the Sydney Catalyst central office team listed here are all involved in the leadership, scientific, and governance groups that are responsible for driving the Sydney Catalyst program. Full access to a list of all other Sydney Catalyst members is available HERE.

Name
Role
Associate Professor Philip Beale
Governing Council,  Scientific Advisory Committee,  T2/T3 Working Group
Associate Professor Philip Beale
Background:   Philip is the Clinical Director of Cancer Services at the Concord Repatriation General Hospital and Associate Professor Medicine, Concord Clinical School. Philip obtained his m...
Professor Michael Boyer AM
Executive,  Governing Council,  Scientific Advisory Committee
Professor Michael Boyer AM
Background:   Michael is the Medical Director of the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, a Clinical Professor, within the Central Clinical School of the University of Sydney and a medical oncologi...
Dr Karen Briscoe
Governing Council,  Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr Karen Briscoe
Background:   Karen is a medical oncologist in the Mid North Coast Local Health district. Karen obtained her qualifications from UNSW and trained in the Illawarra and St George region and la...
Dr Bea Brown
EnRICH Flagship Program Manager,  T2/T3 Working Group
Dr Bea Brown
Background: Bea has been working in health research and research management since the early '00s and in health services and implementation research since 2009, with a brief interlude spent teachi...
Professor Phyllis Butow
Executive,  Governing Council,  Scientific Advisory Committee,  T2/T3 Working Group
Professor Phyllis Butow
Background:   Phyllis has worked for over 20 years in the area of Psycho-Oncology and has developed an international reputation in this and the area of health communication. She is curr...
Merran Findlay
Scientific Advisory Committee,  SCITCRS 2019 Working Group,  T2/T3 Working Group
Merran Findlay
Background: Merran Findlay is the Executive Research Lead - Cancer Nutrition and Oncology Specialist Dietitian across the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - Chris O'Brien Lifehouse partnership. ...
Associate Professor Peter Grimison
Scholarship Review Panel Chair,  Scientific Advisory Committee
Associate Professor Peter Grimison
Background:   Peter Grimison is currently Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse in Sydney; Visiting Medical Officer at Royal Prince Alfred and Dubbo Base Hospitals;...
Professor Philip Hogg
Executive and Operations,  Governing Council,  Pilot and Seed Review Panel Chair,  Scientific Advisory Committee,  T1/T2 Working Group
Professor Philip Hogg
Background:   Phil is an NHMRC Senior Principle Research Fellow. He graduated with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Queensland in 1987. His post-doctoral training was in the...
Professor Lisa Horvath
Scientific Advisory Committee,  T1/T2 Working Group
Professor Lisa Horvath
Background:   Having completed medical school at the University of Sydney and trained in medical oncology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Lisa subsequently worked at the Garvan Institute com...
Dr Anthony Joshua
Scientific Advisory Committee,  SCITCRS 2019 Working Group
Dr Anthony Joshua
Background:   Anthony completed his medical oncology training at the Royal Prince Alfred hospital in Sydney, Australia before moving to Toronto, Canada to complete a PhD under the super...
Dr Jessica Lee
T2/T3 Working Group
Dr Jessica Lee
Background:   Jessica is a palliative medicine physician and clinician-researcher at the Concord Centre for Palliative Care. She is a PhD candidate at University of Technology, Sydney, study...
Professor Jane Phillips
T2/T3 Working Group
Professor Jane Phillips
Background: Jane is Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular & Chronic Care, Faculty of Health at UTS and a professor of nursing with experience in delivering evidenced-based palliative care...
Dr Nicole Rankin
Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr Nicole Rankin
Background:   Nicole has more than 15 years experience working in cancer control, primarily in psychosocial and behavioural aspects of patient care.  She has undergraduate qualific...
Professor John Simes
Executive and Operations,  Governing Council,  Scientific Advisory Committee
Professor John Simes
Background:   John, MBBS, MS, FRACP, MD is Director of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials Centre based at the University of Sydney. He is a Senior ...
John Stubbs
Scientific Advisory Committee
John Stubbs
Background:   Holding degrees in Accounting and Arts John is a regular speaker at medical conferences and seminars on cancer policy, advocacy, clinical trials and related issues. John is cur...
Associate Professor Natalka Suchowerska
T1/T2 Working Group
Associate Professor Natalka Suchowerska
Background:   Natalka graduated with a PhD in medical physics from the University of Sydney, following a career in clinical physics. Her work broadly aims to use novel technologies and funda...
Professor Mathew Vadas
Governing Council,  Scientific Advisory Committee
Professor Mathew Vadas
Background:   Mathew trained in medicine at the University of Sydney and as a physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital before completing a doctorate at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institu...
Dr Sonia Yip
Operations Team,  Scientific Advisory Committee,  T1/T2 Working Group
Dr Sonia Yip
Background:   Sonia is a molecular biologist and obtained her PhD in signal transduction pathways in breast cancer and CML from the Garvan Institute. She has wide experience in oncology rese...
Professor Jane Young
Governing Council,  Scientific Advisory Committee,  T2/T3 Working Group
Professor Jane Young
Background:   Jane is an epidemiologist with a medical background and specialist training as a public health physician. She has appointments at the University of Sydney, where she holds the ...
Associate Professor Paul Timpson
Governing Council,  Scientific Advisory Committee
Associate Professor Paul Timpson
Background:   Paul completed his PhD with Professor Margaret Frame at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, UK in 2002 where he assessed the interplay between Src family kinases an...
Ellen Brodie
Central Office Team
Ellen Brodie
Background:    Ellen's undergraduate degree was in International Relations with majors in politics, French and Spanish. Ellen undertook a Master's degree in International Developme...
Cara McFarlane
Central Office Team
Cara McFarlane
Background:    After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Management, Cara pursued her childhood passion to work for an airline. She gained invaluable analy...
Kimberley Mander
Central Office Team
Kimberley Mander
Background:    Kim recently joined the Sydney Catalyst team from Adelaide. She completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and was drawn to the biology of disease and undertook a...
Spoorthi Gowda
Central Office Team
Spoorthi Gowda
Background:    Spoorthi joined the Sydney Catalyst team as Senior Research Officer within the EnRICH Flagship program. She has a Masters degree in Information Technology with a maj...
Merilyn Heuschkel
Research Manager
Merilyn Heuschkel
Background:   Merilyn has an undergraduate degree in Applied Science (Sports Management & Exercise Science) and a Master's degree in Public Health. She has 15 years experience worki...
Dr Alison Young
Central Office Team,  Scientific Advisory Committee,  T2/T3 Working Group
Dr Alison Young
Background:    Alison is a psychologist and current Masters of Clinical Psychology/PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Alison has over five years of experience working in ps...
Divya Murthy
Central Office Team
Divya Murthy
Background:    Divya completed a combined degree in Arts and Law, majoring in languages (Italian, Spanish and French) in her arts degree and focussing on media law and intellectual...
Kirsty Galpin
ENRICH FLAGSHIP RESEARCH FELLOW
Kirsty Galpin
Background:    Kirsty began her career as a registered nurse in the UK.  She has been working in health research since 2004 in intensive care and peri-operative settings. ...
Mark Schreuder
T1/T2 Research Fellow
Mark Schreuder
Background:    Mark Schreuder is working at the CTC as a T1/T2 Research Fellow in the field of cancer biology. During his training he gained extensive experience in cardiovascular ...
Dr Brooke Nickel
T2/T3 Working Group
Dr Brooke Nickel
Background:    Brooke Nickel, BSc Hons, MIPH, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The University of Sydney School of Public Health. She has been working as a public health res...
Adeline Yap
Central Office Team
Adeline Yap
Background:    Adeline previously worked as a junior medical officer and gained clinical experience in a variety of specialties. Throughout her clinical career, she has always had ...
Prof Nehmat Houssami
T2/T3 Working Group
Prof Nehmat Houssami
Background:    Nehmat has worked as a breast clinician in screening and diagnostic services for >25 years, including roles as Medical Director of the Sydney Breast Clinic, and...
Associate Professor Peter Malouf
T2/T3 Working Group
Associate Professor Peter Malouf
Background:    Associate Professor Malouf has expertise and skills in quantitative research methods, systemic review and meta-analysis, mixed method, and evaluation. Associate Pr...
Professor Jonathan Clark AM
Scientific Advisory Committee
Professor Jonathan Clark AM
Background:    Professor Clark undertook a two-year fellowship in Head and Neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,...