Dr Clayton Chiu MBBS, MRCP (UK), MPH&TM, GradDipAppEpi, FAFPHM
Public Health Physician - Executive Management Team
Dr Sanjay Jayasinghe MBBS, MSc, PhD
Research Fellow

Sanjay is a medical graduate with postgraduate qualifications in community medicine and public health. His PhD from The University of Sydney was on effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccinations in Australian children and the role of underlying at-risk conditions in increasing susceptibility of children to invasive pneumococcal disease. Sanjay has worked at NCIRS for over 10 years, primarily in the area of evidence-based technical support for the development of immunisation policy and practice. In addition to infectious disease epidemiology, he also has extensive experience as a health services researcher in the areas of quality and safety of healthcare for the elderly, evaluation of complex system interventions, and assessment of provider and consumer perspectives of healthcare. He has a particular interest in appraisal of large administrative and clinical databases for research and use of linked data to inform clinical practice and policy. Sanjay has also worked as a clinical practitioner in Sri Lanka and Australia. 

Cyra Patel BA (Hons), MSPH, MBA
Senior Research Officer (Policy Support)

Cyra Patel has a background in public health and health systems, with extensive experience working in health research in both clinical and academic settings. At NCIRS, Cyra provides technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) regarding immunisation policies in Australia, and contributes to research on vaccines and the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases. Prior to joining NCIRS, Cyra worked at the Sax Institute on implementation science research, specifically on projects that aim to increase the uptake of evidence in clinical practice. Cyra has a strong interest in international public health and strengthening health systems to improve population health outcomes. She has worked on a range of health projects overseas, including Liberia, Pakistan and the USA.

Alexis Pillsbury BA, MIPH, MPP, MAppEpid
Senior Research Officer (Safety & Policy) - Vaccine Safety (including AusVaxSafety)
Catherine Tran BPharm, GradCertPharmPrac, MPH
Research Officer (Policy Support)

Catherine has qualifications and extensive experience in clinical pharmacy and public health. Prior to joining NCIRS in 2018, Catherine worked as a clinical pharmacist for seven years holding senior clinical and managerial roles within New South Wales Health Local Health Districts. Catherine also has experience in clinical trials having worked on a range of pivotal international clinical trials in infectious diseases. In her role as Research Officer at NCIRS, Catherine undertakes research that informs clinical guidelines and policy relating to immunisation. Catherine is a member of the team at NCIRS that provides scientific technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Catherine has a broad interest in evidence-based practice and the translation of research evidence to inform public health policy and practice. 
 

Dr Catherine King BA, GDip (IM - Librarianship), MAppSci (LIM), GCertEBP (Med), PhD AALIA
Information Manager

Catherine King has postgraduate qualifications in Public Health, Library and Information Management and Evidence-Based Practice (Med). She has previous experience as the manager of both district and teaching hospital clinical libraries and has extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews. Joining NCIRS in 2001, Catherine provides professional librarianship and information management services to support the evidence-based policy, teaching and research activities of the Centre, including ongoing literature searching for The Australian Immunisation Handbook and ATAGI working parties. Catherine has completed a PhD with the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney, examining parental perspectives and practices on influenza and influenza vaccination to inform vaccination policy and programs. Catherine is interested in systematic review methods, qualitative research, infectious diseases, vaccine hesitancy and immunisation information needs.

Edward Jacyna BAppSc, GradCert (Drug Dev), GradDip (Info & Lib Studies)
Assistant Librarian

Edward has a background in clinical trials working on various trials for the Langton Centre/Sydney Hospital. He has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Graduate Certificate in Drug Development from the University of NSW and a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Curtin University. Edward joined NCIRS in 2008 as the Assistant Librarian and is involved in maintaining NCIRS’s knowledge-based resource collection and sourcing relevant literature to support the policy, teaching and research activities of the centre.

Dr Jean Li-Kim-Moy MBBS (Hons), DipPaed, FRACP
Clinical Research Fellow

Jean Li-Kim-Moy joined NCIRS in February 2011. He completed his medical training at the University of Sydney (2000). He was awarded a Diploma of Paediatrics (2004) from the University of NSW and subsequently has completed his paediatric training (FRACP, 2010). He has worked extensively at The Sydney Children’s Hospital within both subspecialty and general paediatrics. He works as a General Paediatrician in a busy suburban practice as well as a Clinical Research Fellow at NCIRS. His current interests are in influenza vaccine efficacy and safety in young children.

Dr Sarah Sheridan
Public Health Physician
Dr Tsitsi Diana Mubaiwa BBiomedSc, MClinSc (Microbiology), PhD
Research Officer (Policy and Handbook Support)

Diana joined NCIRS in April 2019. She has qualifications in Biomedical Science and Microbiology. She completed her PhD in 2017 at Griffith university and is currently doing Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. Before joining NCIRS, Diana worked in vaccine research and most of her work focused on identifying and characterising vaccine targets for Neisseria meningitides and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In addition, Diana worked as a Teaching Associate for undergraduate Microbiology and Infectious Disease Control courses in Griffith University's School of Medical Science.

Zoe Ye Jin Joo BMedSci, MPH
Research Officer (Policy and Handbook Support)

Zoe joined NCIRS in April 2019. She completed her Bachelor of Medical Science (Neuroscience) at The University of Sydney and a Master of Public Health at the University of Auckland. Before joining NCIRS, Zoe was an intern at the World Health Organisation in Suva, Fiji, where she became interested in immunisation research and surveillance. Zoe has experience in providing policy recommendations from evidence-based research for tobacco and betel nut control. In her new role as Research Officer, Zoe undertakes research to inform clinical guidelines and policy relating to immunisation.

Last updated May 2019