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Director – Professor Marc Wilkins

Marc has over 20 years’ of experience in ‘omics’ research, and in the establishment and use of high technology facilities. He has co-founded two biotechnology companies, has 7 years of full-time experience in industry and 5 years’ experience as a non-executive company director. He has a career total of >140 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has edited 2 books. His current research interests are the dynamics of protein interaction networks and the understanding of complex phenotypes by use of next-generation sequencing. Marc directs two initiatives at UNSW: the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics and the Systems Biology Initiative.

Deputy Director – Dr Helen Speirs

Dr Helen Speirs has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of genomics. She completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 1996, followed by postdoctoral positions investigating the genetics of hypertension. In Australia, she held both postdoctoral and operations management positions at the University of Sydney before joining the Ramaciotti Centre in 2005. Her interests lie in developing genomics technologies and enabling research by making them accessible to the research community. Helen is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA)

Professional Staff

The Ramaciotti Centre has a highly trained and experienced team of professionals dedicated to providing you with advice and support for your project and with data of the highest quality. 

Next Generation Sequencing – Service Managers                                                                   
Dr Helena Mangs  (Illumina)                                                                
Jason Koval (Illumina)
Tonia Russell (PacBio) 

Next Generation Sequencing – Research Assistants
Dr Angela Chilton
Dr Carolina Correa                                                                        
Dr Zena Kassir
Dr Darshi Ramesh
Dr Caitriona Murray
Scott Genner
Rhys Stark
Stefano Vecchiarelli

Micorarray & Nanostring Services                                              
Dr Erika Becker   
Dr Kristin North                                                                         

Sanger Sequencing – Service Manager                                                              
Dr Jackie Chan                                                                           

Quality Consultant    
Keren Nataila 

Administrative Officer                                                     
Abigail Teo

IT Support                                                                        
Robin Heron

Casual Research Assistants                                                                      
Dr Kylie Cairns
Lisa Pham 


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