Associate Professor Nicholas Wood MBBS, DCH, MPH, FRACP
Associate Director, Clinical Research and Services - Executive Management Team
Senior Staff Specialist
Dr Harunor Rashid MBBS, DCH, MD
Epidemiologist

Harunor Rashid joined NCIRS in June 2011 as an epidemiologist in the clinical research team. He received paediatric training in Bangladesh, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UK, ultimately receiving, in 2009, his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of London for his thesis on Epidemiology of respiratory infections associated with Hajj pilgrimage, under the supervision of Professor Robert Booy. He is particularly interested in the epidemiology of vaccine preventable infections among travellers.

Dr Lucy Deng MBBS, DCH, MIPH, FRACP
Staff Specialist/Clinical Lecturer 

Lucy Deng is a general paediatrician and staff-specialist at NCIRS. She holds a conjoint appointment as Clinical Lecturer in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Lucy is part of the NSW Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) team and reviews children who have experienced an adverse event following immunisation. Lucy is also currently undertaking a PhD in severe acute neurological events following immunisation.

Dr Ketaki Sharma
Staff specialist
Dr Archana Koirala MBChB, DCH, MIPH, FRACP
Staff Specialist/Clinical Associate Lecturer

Archana Koirala is a paediatric infectious disease specialist and general  paediatrician who joined NCIRS in 2018. She is part of the NSW Immunisation Specialist team and reviews children who have experienced an adverse event following immunisation. She has a special interest in using genomics to understand vaccine preventable diseases.

Dr Rama Kandasamy
Staff Specialist/Lecturer

Rama Kandasamy joined NCIRS in February 2020. Rama is a paediatrician, newly awarded NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow and lecturer at the University of New South Wales. His research interests include infectious diseases in children and the use of vaccines to prevent them, with a focus on childhood pneumonia.

Dr Andrew Dunn, MBBS, BAppSc(MRS), DCH
Immunisation Fellow

Andrew Dunn is a general paediatrics trainee who joined NCIRS in February 2020. He is part of the Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) team and reviews children who have experienced an adverse event following immunisation. Andrew has worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 6 years across multiple clinical specialties. He has a special interest in immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases.

Rosemary Joyce RN
Research Clinical Nurse Consultant

Rosemary Joyce is a registered nurse and midwife with postgraduate certification in immunisation, neonatal intensive care and has also worked as a Rehabilitation Consultant Case Manager. Rosemary joined NCIRS in 2006 and is working as a clinical trials nurse investigating both paediatric and adult vaccines. Rosemary is currently working on studies investigating the pertussis vaccine, and is a member of the NSWISS team.

Lisa Pelayo
Research Nurse

Lisa is a paediatric nurse who has worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for over 23 years. She completed post-graduate studies in Immunisation for Health Professionals, Anaesthetic and Recovery Room Nursing, and Quality Management. Lisa joined NCIRS in February 2020. As a research nurse, she is a member of the NSWISS team involved in immunisation and studies that investigate vaccine preventable diseases.

Ajay Jadhav
Research Nurse

Ajay is a registered nurse with a variety of experience in the public and private sector. He is currently working towards his postgraduate certificate in immunisation. Ajay has worked at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 7 years in the perioperative department. He has also previously worked as Research Nurse and Clinical Research Coordinator at the Save Sight Institute.

Lou-Ann Barr 
Administration Officer

Lou-Ann is personal assistant to Professor Robert Booy (Senior Professorial Fellow) and also provides a range of administrative support to NCIRS staff. Lou-Ann has over 25 years experience in various administrative roles within the Department of Health. Before joining NCIRS in 2015, Lou-Ann held the position of Administration Manager at an NSW Health statewide child protection program for over 20 years.

Last updated March 2020