Molecular Genetics Team

Pavel Bitter, Molecular Genetics Facility Manager

Pavel BitterPavel has managed research and diagnostic labs in Germany and Australia. Throughout his years in research he has worked with various techniques covering protein isolation, cell sorting and microscopy. He has extensive experience in Realtime PCR, Sequencing, Genotyping and is familiar with OGTR, NATA and PC2 regulations. He has been working in the Garvan Molecular Genetics facility since 2007.



Deborah Kelly, Mouse Genotyping Service Programmer/ Quality Manager

Deborah KellyDeborah completed her Bachelors in Biochemistry and her Masters in Applied Sciences at the University College Cork in Ireland in 2011. She began working in Garvan Molecular Genetics in 2013 and is currently working in the Mouse Genotyping Service as a Programmer. She plans approximately 1,000 samples a day, programs the EpMotion and Janus robots, additionally she is the Quality Manager of the Garvan Molecular Genetics facility.



Bhargavi Yamasani, Mouse Genotyping / Methylation Quantification Service Coordinator

Bhargavi YamasaniBhargavi completed her Masters in Biotechnology from Bangalore University, Bangalore, India and her Bachelors with Genetics as the key area of interest from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India. She was involved in various research projects in India, including a project on Human Cytogenetics. She joined the Garvan Molecular Genetics team in 2012. Within the Mouse Genotyping Service she is responsible for the analysis of results and coordination of the workflow, and is also the Analyst of the Methylation Quantification Service.



Dr Jason Seow, Mouse Genotyping Service Operator

Jason SeowJason completed his PhD in Medicine in 2012 at the University of Sydney. Before that he completed his Honours of Science in Developmental Biology at the University of Queensland. He has worked as a Research Assistant in Singapore and Australia and joined the Garvan Institute in 2013. He currently works as the Mouse Genotyping Service Operator. His responsibilities include setting up of high throughput Real time and Melt curve PCRs and managing the PCR set up liquid handlers (Janus and epMotion 5075).



Dr Seema Bhalla, Sequencing / SNP Genotyping Service Coordinator

Seema BhallaSeema completed her PhD at PGIMER (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India) in the Department of Experimental Medicine in 2008. She has extensive experience in Molecular Microbiology, Population Genetics, and Clinical Research. Seema has four years of research experience in research projects related to complex human disorders. She began working at the Garvan Molecular Genetics facility in 2009 and coordinates the Sequencing and SNP Genotyping services. 



Aanand Khale,  Casual Research Assistant

Aanand Khale-

Aanand works for the Molecular Genetics facility in various positions as a casual Research Assistant. He started in 2012 to work for the Molecular Genetics facility and has since graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences. 



Dr Tadeusz Marciniec,  Casual Research Assistant

Tadeusz Marciniec

Tadeusz completed his PhD in chemistry at the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. He has experience in a wide range of molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology techniques including purification and analysis of DNA, RNA and proteins, mammalian cell line culturing and the development of transgenic mice lines. He joined the Garvan Molecular Genetics facility in 2013 and currently works as deputy Sequencing  Service Coordinator. He is responsible for processing customer samples for DNA sequencing analysis on the ABI 3130xl Genetic Analyzer.



Ho Joon Lee,  Casual Research Assistant

Ho Joon Lee

Ho Joon completed his Masters and Bachelor of Science Honours in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. He then worked as a technician and lab manager in New Zealand. Currently he is finishing up his PhD at the Faculty of Pharmacy, the University of Sydney. He has extensive experience in a wide range of fields: pharmacological neuroscience; protein structure and function studies using X-ray crystallography and NMR and cancer research in cellular and developmental biology.