We would like to introduce you to our BPMRI team:
Dr Michael Hunter
Dr Michael Hunter was awarded a PhD with Distinction by the University of Western Australia for his studies in molecular biology and genetics conducted at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Free Hospital, London. Read More.
Dr Jennie Hui
Dr Hui is a molecular geneticist whose primary training was in the field of Immunogenetics. Over the last 15 years, her main research focus involved the study of genetics and epidemiology of human diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and diabetes. She has been associated with the Busselton Health Study since 2002 when she took up her first post-doctoral position, working on the genetics of asthma with Professor Bill Cookson from the University of Oxford. Read More.
Glenys joined the Busselton Health Study team in 2016 and has had extensive experience in nursing and phlebotomy in clinical and research settings. Before relocating to Western Australia she worked on the Garvan Institute’s Dubbo Osteoporosis Longitudinal Study in rural NSW and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Her current roles include admin, recruitment, participant liaison, volunteer coordination and clinical testing.
Gemma holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery from Curtin University, along with a Graduate Diploma in Education from Edith Cowan University where she received a number of awards for academic achievement in her studies. Gemma joined the Busselton Health Study team in 2019 after an extensive career at St John of God Health Care in Subiaco and Bunbury and Hollywood Hospital. Her current roles includes clinical testing, data management and coordinating practicum placements at the Busselton testing facility.
Rachel holds a BSc in Health Promotion and Certifications in Fitness. She has extensive experience in health assessments and community health programs in her previous role as Health Promotion Officer in the North West of Western Australia. Rachel joined the BPMRI in 2020 on the Busselton Respiratory Study project. Her current role includes clinical testing along with maintaining the BPMRI’s social media and electronic communication and promotional activities
Olivia Holloway obtained a Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research with Honours from the University of Tasmania in 2017 and is currently completing her PhD studies into neurological pathology following traumatic brain injury conducted at the Wicking Dementia Centre. She joined the BPMRI in 2022 on the Busselton Respiratory Study project. She is responsible for biospecimen processing including the biobanking of bloods, serum and DNA, as well as the microscopy differentiation of inflammatory cells in induced sputum cytopreps collected at the Busselton Health Study Centre.
Mark Divitini completed a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mathematics and Computing at Curtin University of Technology in 1988. During 1989 he was employed by the School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University of Technology as a statistician. He then worked for two years at the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of London mainly in projects involved with occupational asthma and its causes. Since 1993 Mark has been employed as a Research Associate in Statistics at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia. In this time he has been involved with various analyses relating to the Busselton Health Study. These include the analysis of cardiovascular risk factors and mortality, familial aggregation of cardiovascular risk factors and various aspects of respiratory disease.
Kashif Mukhtar is the database programmer at the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia. Kashif manages the data from all past Busselton Health Study surveys. He works to maintain the accuracy and integrity of these data, and assists with new surveys to ensure data quality. He also provides data extraction services to researchers using the data collection.