Alice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from the Auckland University of Technology majoring in Haematology, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics. Working at the Auckland Regional Biobank as a technician for 3.5 years, she has gained valuable experience with regards to the operations and running of a Biobank which she brings to her role as Technical Manager. With interest in enabling researchers with their collections, she enjoys the challenges that go alongside the role. She is primarily responsible for the overall operation the Auckland Regional Biobank.
Peter is a consultant haematologist at Auckland City Hospital and Professor of Pathology in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School, and after postgraduate training in clinical and laboratory haematology in Auckland, he was a Wellcome – HRC research fellow in the Department of Haematology, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London. Peter is involved in several co-operative group and investigator initiated studies in blood disorders and stem cell transplantation. He is co-director of the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Research Unit, with interests in blood cancer genomics, biomarkers in leukaemia, and the monitoring of measurable residual disease. Peter is Clinical director of the Auckland Regional Biobank, and Grafton Clinical Genomics.
Chair Scientific Advisory Board
Cris graduated in Medicine in 1989 then completed PhD in the University of Auckland. After a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in Melbourne, Cris spent six years in Cambridge University, UK, where he was a Fellow of St Edmunds College. While there he co-founded a bioinformatics biotechnology company that became listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 2007. He leads a cross-disciplinary research team of clinicians, biologists and data scientists who use genomics bioinformatics to better understand human disease, especially cancer. Cris sits on the Board of Directors of the NZ Institute of Environmental Science and Research and is Vice President of the Auckland Branch of the Royal Society of NZ. He leads the Genomics Into Medicine Strategic Research Initiative in Auckland and Chairs the Auckland Regional Biobank Scientific Advisory Board.
Farqad is a qualified medical and health science professional, seasoned research technician, and professional Histology technician, she is passionate about utilizing her medical and scientific knowledge with like-minded professionals and researchers. Farqad holds a Master’s degree in Medical Science (Anatomy) and a Doctoral degree in Liver Cirrhosis from the University of Malaya (Malaysia). Prior to coming to New Zealand, she had more than 10 years of teaching experience in medical, health science, and laboratory settings at the tertiary level and more than 4 years’ experience as a research technician and teaching assistant in the Department of Anatomy & Medical Imaging and as Histology Technician within the technical service department at the University of Auckland. A part of consenting, collection, and processing in ARB, Farqad is the Designated Laboratory Person in ARB who ensures all consumables and materials are purchased and stocked appropriately to meet planned activities and undertake inventory functions in line with standard operational procedures and in conjunction with the technical manager.
Anona holds Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science specialising in Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Diagnostic Genetics. Anona has experience in working in New Zealand Diagnostic Laboratories as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the areas of Human Genetics particularly in Molecular Haematology, and Molecular Virology of respiratory viruses. As a biobank technician, Anona’s daily operations includes administrative work, and the collection and processing of samples.
Anona also provides technical support for Molecular Haematology laboratory in Diagnostic Genetics at LabPlus.
Nancy holds Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology and has specialization in Clinical Microbiology. She has more than 8 years of experience in Research and Diagnostic Laboratories in India as well as Dubai. In New Zealand, she has worked as a Scientist and Laboratory Supervisor in the areas of Analytical Chemistry and Functional Medicine. Nancy has special interest in Holistic medicine and Clinical Microbiology.
Bernice holds a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science from the Philippines. Prior to New Zealand, she has gained more than 5 years of practice in a diagnostic laboratory as a licensed medical technologist and has worked in many clinical studies/researches and clinical vaccine trials. She has worked in a research facility (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) of the Philippine government’s Department of Health in handling COVID-19 during the global pandemic under Department of Virology. As a Biobank technician, she does administrative works, collection and processing of samples, storage and monitoring of samples in the ARB. She aims to further enhance her skills and knowledge in clinical research/trials and in clinical laboratory.