Dr Clayton Chiu MBBS, MRCP (UK), MPH&TM, GradDipAppEpi, FAFPHM
Associate Director, Immunisation Policy Support and Guideline Development - Executive Management Team
Public Health Physician
Dr Helen Quinn BSc (Hons), PhD, MAppEpid
Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer - Executive Management Team
Dr Stephen Lambert MBBS MAppEpid PhD FAFPHM 
Staff specialist Immunisation

Stephen Lambert is a public health physician with an interest in the public health surveillance and management of communicable diseases. Stephen's research interests include using publicly available data to assess vaccine program impact and quantify the effectiveness of new and existing vaccines.

Dr Sanjay Jayasinghe MBBS, MSc, PhD
Research Fellow/Senior lecturer

Sanjay is a medical graduate with postgraduate qualifications in community medicine and public health. He holds a conjoint academic appointment as Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney. 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. 

Alexis Pillsbury BA, MIPH, MPP, MAppEpid
Senior Research Officer (Safety & Policy) - Vaccine Safety (including AusVaxSafety)
Dr Jean Li-Kim-Moy MBBS (Hons), DipPaed, FRACP, PhD
Staff Specialist Immunisation

Jean Li-Kim-Moy is a staff specialist in immunisation at NCIRS. He also works as a community general paediatrician. He joined NCIRS in 2011 and has assisted in numerous vaccine clinical trials. He completed a PhD in 2018 on influenza vaccination in Australian children. He is an honorary research fellow at the University of Sydney and has a research interest in influenza vaccine safety and immunogenicity in children. Jean currently works on evidence review and synthesis to provide technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). 

Dr Sarah Sheridan BA, BMed, MPH, MAppEpid, PhD, FAFPHM 
Public Health Physician

Sarah Sheridan is a public health physician with expertise in applied epidemiology and strong interest in vaccine preventable disease control. Her PhD was on the impact and effectiveness of vaccination programs in Queensland using routinely collected and linked data, particularly on pertussis and varicella. At NCIRS, Sarah predominantly focuses on providing technical support for the development of immunisation policy and practice. Following her basic clinical training, Sarah trained in public health, with an international focus, and undertook the Applied Master of Epidemiology during which she undertook multiple projects internationally, including in Lao PDR and Papua New Guinea. Sarah has maintained a strong interest in immunisation research using linked data as well as international public health and field epidemiology, undertaking projects in Samoa.

 

Dr Ketaki Sharma, MBBS, MPH, FRACP
Staff Specialist/Clinical Lecturer - Clinical Research
 
Dr Anastasia Phillips
Staff Specialist Immunisation

Anastasia Phillips is a public health physician working in vaccine safety and immunisation policy. She completed her public health specialist training with the Western Sydney Public Health Unit and NCIRS, and is completing her PhD in vaccine safety with NCIRS and the University of Sydney. She has worked in immunisation and disease control in both New South Wales and Western Australia and on national vaccine pharmacovigilance projects. She currently also works part time as  the Public Health Physician in Immunisation with the public health unit in Perth, Western Australia.

Catherine Tran BPharm, GradCertPharmPrac, MPH, MHM
Senior Research Officer/Program Coordinator, Immunisation Policy Support and Guideline Development 

Catherine has qualifications and extensive experience in clinical pharmacy, public health and health management. Before 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 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 Zhicheng (Jeff) Wang BPharm (Hons), PhD
Senior Research Officer/Lecturer

Jeff has qualifications and experience in clinical pharmacy, systematic reviews and guideline development. His PhD research at the University of Sydney was on "Improving the adaptation and implementation of public health guidelines". His systematic review work on guideline development methods has been published in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)'s Guidelines for Guidelines. Before joining NCIRS in 2020, he has worked as a community pharmacist and a university tutor, teaching public health units at the University of Sydney School of Pharmacy. In his role at NCIRS, Jeff undertakes research and systematic reviews that inform clinical guidelines related to immunisation.

Dr Adelaide Morgan BA, BMed/MD, MPH 
Senior Research Officer

Adelaide completed a combined Doctor of Medicine/Bachelor of Arts at the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She is currently a trainee with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Her experience in clinical practice is as a junior doctor with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and a General Practice Registrar. Before joining NCIRS in 2020, Adelaide worked at Cancer Council Australia in clinical practice guideline development and coordination of federally funded projects in cancer policy and practice.

Dr Tsitsi Diana Mubaiwa BBiomedSc, MClinSc (Microbiology), MPH, PhD
Research Officer/Lecturer

Diana joined NCIRS in April 2019. 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. Diana holds a conjoint academic appointment as a lecturer in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School.

Katrina Nicolopoulos BSc, MPH (Professional Practice)
Research Officer, Immunisation Policy Support and Guideline Development

Katrina joined NCIRS in 2021. Previously, Katrina worked in the Performance Team of SESLHD Mental Health Services to analyse, assess and improve clinical data. As part of her Master of Public Health (Professional Practice), the University of Sydney, placement, Katrina was involved in the qualitative evaluation of the Early Psychosis Youth Service Program to determine its impact and effectiveness, and inform future policy direction of the program. 

Madeline Valeri BSc (Health), MPH
Research Officer, Immunisation Policy Support and Guideline Development

Madeline joined NCIRS in 2021. Previously, Madeline worked as an analyst in health outcomes at a health economics consultancy firm where she evaluated the clinical and cost effectiveness of new and existing medicines and medical devices for reimbursement to the Australian and New Zealand markets. Madeline worked on a range of therapeutic areas, including influenza vaccines. Madeline's interests include immunisation research and surveillance. 

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.

Deepika Jindal, BA(Hons), MComm, PostGradDip (Management)
Editor and Content Manager

Deepika is the editor and content manager for NCIRS. She has a masters degree in communication and a postgraduate diploma in management. Deepika has 20 years' editorial and content management experience, having worked with a newspaper, multiple publishing houses and a research organisation in the past. At NCIRS, Deepika is responsible for editing all outputs across NCIRS and all its initiatives, working with SMEs to create new content, managing resources, including their promotion, and managing all websites, including NCIRS, PAEDS, AusVaxSafety and ARIA websites.

Last updated April 2021