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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.
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.
Ketaki Sharma 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 at the University of Sydney. Ketaki is a member of the team at NCIRS that provides scientific technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and is also part of the New South Wales Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS). She is undertaking a PhD on optimising vaccination during pregnancy to protect newborn infants from vaccine-preventable illnesses, and also has a special interest in vaccination of people with immunocompromise.
Archana Koirala is a paediatric infectious disease specialist and general paediatrician who joined NCIRS in 2018. She is part of the New South Wales Immunisation Specialist Service (NSWISS) 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.
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.
Sabira joined NCIRS in 2021. She is on advanced training and has dual training in general paediatrics and community child health. Sabira has worked at the Children's Hospital at Westmead since 2012, rotating through various departments in the hospital and on secondment to different periphery hospitals around Western Sydney. Sabira has a special interest in community-based child health, including development, behaviour, immunisation and Aboriginal health.
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 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 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.
Katrina joined NCIRS in 2021 after working at Westmead Children's Hospital for the past 3 years in different areas. She has spent majority of her nursing career in the Emergency Department at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. Katrina has also previously worked as a midwife in various parts of Northern Australia. She also currently works at a private urgent care centre called WISE. Katrina has a special interest in vaccine preventable diseases and research.
Maha joined NCIRS in September 2020 as research assistant. She has qualifications in forensic and biomedical science, blood collection and marketing. Maha has an extensive experience in the public and private sectors. She has worked as a scientific officer coordinating a liver cancer screening study and a technical officer in a microbiology department performing microbiology and molecular testing.
Evie joined NCIRS in April 2020. Previously through her undergraduate placement, she has worked as a research assistant at Menzies School of Health Research in Brisbane where she assisted on a scoping and systematic review for Menzies’ B.Strong program. She is currently pursuing Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney where she is specialising in research methods. Evie is assisting the clinical research team at NCIRS on a number of studies, including the NSW School Transmission Study and clinical trials on investigational vaccines.
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.
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