We would like to introduce you to our BPMRI team:
Dr Michael Hunter - Director BPMRI Busselton Health Study Centre (Busselton based)
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. [more].
Dr Jennie Hui - Director BPMRI Busselton Health Study Laboratory (Perth based)
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. [more].
Jolijn Thompson - Research Nurse (Busselton Baby Boomer Study, Busselton Respiratory Study, Protocol & Procurement Officer)
Jolijn obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Edith Cowan University Bunbury and commenced employment with the BPMRI in 2019. Currently she coordinates the Busselton Respiratory Study underway in 2020. In addition to her clinical skills and interest in community health, Jolijn has had extensive experience in administration, HR and the not-for-profit sector.
Stephanie Murphy - Research Nurse (Data Officer, Busselton Baby Boomer Study)
Stephanie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Edith Cowan University Bunbury and commenced employment with the Surgical Ward at Bunbury Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She joined the Busselton Health Study team in 2012 to pursue a career in population health research and community health. Her current role includes participant liaison and clinical testing, and the collation of study data from the Busselton Baby Boomer Study.
Glenys Hubbard - Research Nurse (Admin Officer, Busselton Baby Boomer Study)
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 participant liaison, volunteer coordination and clinical testing.
Gemma Gill - Research Nurse (Busselton Baby Boomer Study)
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.
Deborah Burwood - Research Nurse (Busselton Baby Boomer Study)
Debra joined the BHAS in 2011 and is a long-term resident of Busselton. She holds qualifications in enrolled nursing and laboratory skills obtained from the WA School of Nursing and Bunbury TAFE. Deb has held various positions within pharmacy, chemotherapy and pathology departments at Busselton, Royal Perth and Mount Hospitals, as well as working in the private pharmacy and pathology sector in the region.
Rachel Migliore - Research Assistant (Busselton Respiratory Study)
Rachel holds a BSc in Health Promotion and Certifications in Fitness. She has extensive experience in health assessments and community health programs in her role as Health Promotion Officer in the North West of WA. Rachel joined the BPMRI in 2020 on the Busselton Respiratory Study project.
Johanna Rewa- Research Assistant (Busselton Respiratory Study)
Jo obtained a BSc in Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise Science) with Distinction at Deakin University and was recently awarded a BSc Honors degree in Health Science from ECU Bunbury for her research conducted as part of the Southwest Food Community project. Jo joined the BPMRI in 2020 on the Busselton Respiratory Study project.
ClancyRose Higgins - Research Assistant/Lab Technician (Busselton Respiratory Study)
ClancyRose obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science from Notre Dame University and joined the BPMRI in 2020 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 - Research Associate (School of Population and Global Health, UWA)
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 - Database Programmer (School of Population and Global Health, UWA)
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.