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.

Email: p.bitter@garvan.org.au

Deborah White, Mouse Genotyping Service Programmer/ Quality Manager

Deborah WhiteDeborah 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.

Email: d.white@garvan.org.au 

Eve Radunz, Services Assistance

EveEve completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Sydney in 2016. She began working at Garvan Molecular Genetics in mid-2016 as a Services Assistant. She assists with the operation of all services, in particular Cell Line Identification and Mouse Genotyping. She is also a first point of contact for clients with enquires.

Email: e.radunz@garvan.org.au

Dr Jason Seow, Mouse Genotyping Service Analyst

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 analysing high throughput Real time and Melt curve PCRs and managing the PCR set up liquid handlers (Janus robots).

Email: j.seow@garvan.org.au

Dr Seema Bhalla, Mouse 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. 

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Dr Tadeusz Marciniec, Sequencing Service Coordinator

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.

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Teighan Greaves, Nucleic Acid Extraction Service Coordinator

Teighan was awarded her Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) from the University of Newcastle at the beginning of 2016. In September 2016 Teighan began working for the Garvan Molecular Genetics Team as the Nucleic Acid Extraction Service Coordinator. She helps with the first stage of processing samples by isolating DNA or RNA which can then be used for further analysis.

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Ben Knobel, Nucleic Acid Extraction Service Operator

Ben KnobleBenjamin completed his Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (majoring in Animal Genetics and Biotechnology) at the University of Sydney in 2017. He began working at Garvan Molecular Genetics at the beginning of 2018 as a Nucleic Acid Extraction Services Operator. He is familiar with various DNA and RNA extraction techniques and processes samples in a NATA ISO 17025 quality environment. He is also responsible for reception and processing of all external Mouse Genotyping Services (MGS) samples.

Email: b.knobel@garvan.org.au 

Joshua Diao, Mouse Genotyping Service Operator

Josh_Diao.jpgJoshua completed his Bachelor of Medical Science (Majoring in Biomedical Science) at the Western Sydney University in 2015. He began working at the Garvan Molecular Genetics at the beginning of 2018 as a Mouse Genotyping Service Operator. He assists with the general operation of the high throughput Mouse Genotyping Service and operates the liquid handling systems (Janus Robots).

Email: j.diao@garvan.org.au 

Richard Kightly, Services Assistant

richard_kightly.JPGRichard has completed both Bachelors and Masters in Biological Sciences at Macquarie University in 2014. He has been working at Garvan Molecular Genetics at the start of 2018 as a Services Assistance. He assists in operations of Mouse Genotyping, Clinical Sequencing, liquid handling robots and is the current acting Quality Manager. Richard has two years previous experience working in Diagnostic Pathology.

Email: r.kightly@garvan.org.au