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  • Professor Melissa Wake


    As Director of GenV, Melissa uses her experience as a paediatrician and as one of Australia’s foremost community child health researchers to lead its development and implementation. You can find out more on Melissa here.

  • Professor Richard Saffery

    Deputy Director, Bio Sciences

    As Deputy Director of Bio Sciences, Richard provides expert guidance on the creation, and strategic implementation of Australia’s largest biological sample repository. You can find out more on Richard here.

  • Professor Sharon Goldfeld

    Deputy Director, Equity and Knowledge Translation

    As Deputy Director of Equity and Knowledge Translation, Sharon provides strategic direction on the translation of research to inform policy service delivery and professional practice. You can find out more on Sharon here.

  • Dino Asproloupos

    Program Manager

    As Program Manager, Dino leads the operations of GenV out of the MCRI, including governance, finance and general management to support the GenV team.

  • Joan Leong

    Bio Discovery Manager

    As Bio Discovery Manager, Joan is responsible for coordinating the creation and implementation of Australia’s largest biorepository. This includes the management of high-utility samples from service providers and participating research projects.

  • William Siero

    Cohort 2020s Manager

    As Cohort 2020s Manager, Will is responsible for the recruitment of the GenV child and parent cohort, developing the processes and working with the maternity hospitals supporting the cohort.

  • Dr Jessika Hu

    Solutions Hub Co-Lead (Epidemiology)

    As Solutions Hub Co-Lead (Epidemiology), Jessika is a clinical and public health doctor, responsible for designing the research output of GenV to better understand the distribution and causes of health problems.

  • Naomi Schwarz

    Solutions Hub Co-Lead (Knowledge Translation and Engagement)

    As our Solutions Hub Co-Lead (Knowledge Translation and Engagement), Naomi is responsible for ensuring research generated from GenV can effectively inform policy, service delivery and professional practice.