Dr Helen Quinn BSc (Hons), PhD, MAppEpid
Senior Research Fellow - Executive Management Team
Alexis Pillsbury BA, MIPH, MPP, MAppEpid
Senior Research Officer (Safety & Policy) 

Alexis Pillsbury is a senior research officer at NCIRS within policy and vaccine safety. In her primary role, she works as an epidemiologist and coordinator of vaccine safety surveillance under the national AusVaxSafety surveillance initiative. She also works within NCIRS policy team. Alexis completed her Master of Philosophy Applied Epidemiology (MAE) degree while working at NCIRS and also has postgraduate degrees in international public health and public policy. In addition to her interests in vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccine safety, she is also interested broadly in infectious disease epidemiology and surveillance, disease control in developing countries and issues concerning public health politics.

Catherine Glover BS, MS
Research Officer, Vaccine Safety

Catherine is an epidemiologist for AusVaxSafety. Catherine completed academic degrees in the USA, with a Master of Science in Mathematical Biology at The Ohio State University following a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She became interested in vaccine-preventable diseases during a graduate internship at the Ohio Department of Health, where she developed a mathematical model to examine the effectiveness of the delayed vaccination response to the 2014 measles outbreak in the Ohio Amish community. Prior to joining NCIRS, Catherine worked in microbiology and immunology research laboratories, coordinated a research study on hepatitis C in pregnancy, and taught mathematics at the college level. Catherine is interested in infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine safety and vaccine hesitancy.

Nicola Carter MPH
Project Officer, AusVaxSafety

Nicola Carter joined NCIRS as a project officer for AusVaxSafety in July 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Human Movement and Health Education and is currently completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Nicola comes from a health education background and has a particular interest in disease prevention and health promotion. Prior to joining NCIRS, Nicola worked in various health education roles within New South Wales Health Local Health Districts and Pillars. In her role as AusVaxSafety Project Officer, Nicola is responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HPV and maternal pertussis active vaccine safety surveillance activities. She also fulfils a pivotal role by providing overall programmatic support to the diverse and rapidly expanding AusVaxSafety program.

Yvette Patton
Administrator Officer

Yvette joined the AusVaxSafety team within NCIRS in March 2021. She is currently in her last year of completing a Bachelor of Business Administration/Bachelor of Exercise Science. Yvette has over 10 years' experience in various administration roles, including sporting organisations and allied health services.

Last updated March 2021