A team of experienced professionals is managing the work of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance.
Professor Clara Gaff
Professor Clara Gaff is the Executive Director for Melbourne Genomics.
Clara has been involved in the use of genetics and genomics in health care for almost 20 years through roles in genetic counselling, management of genetic services, health professional education, and strategic development in Australia and the UK. She has worked in public health, government, academic and not-for-profit sectors.
Clara has a PhD in molecular genetics, certification in genetic counselling and postgraduate qualifications in health service research and evaluation. She is a Member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Human Genetics Advisory Committee and the Ethics and Social Issues Committee of the Human Genetics Society of Australia.
Khay-Lin is the Alliance's General Manager.
Since 2006, Khay-Lin has worked for various medical research institutes, in roles including business development, IP and commercialisation, and operations. Prior to this, Khay-Lin worked for an ASX-listed multi-national company, performing business and planning analysis in the areas of corporate strategy and finance.
Khay-Lin has a PhD (Medicine) and an MBA.
Clinical Project Manager
Elly Lynch is the Clinical Project Manager for Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance; currently seconded from the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services. Elly is a Senior Genetic Counsellor with more than 15 years' experience.
Elly co-established the Clinical Genetics Service at Austin Health, where she worked as Unit Manager from 2007-2016. Prior to this, Elly worked at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital in the UK.
Elly has extensive clinical experience in seeing patients with cancer genetic syndromes. She has published in medical journals and is involved with clinical supervision of Associate Genetic Counsellors, as well as being a current member of the Board of Censors for Genetic Counselling.
Dr Amy Nisselle
Workforce Stream Lead
Dr Amy Nisselle is a Specialist Project Officer for the Australian Genomics Health Alliance Workforce & Education research program, Workforce Stream Lead for the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and an Honorary Senior Fellow of The University of Melbourne. She is based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Victoria.
Amy is a researcher, project manager, communicator and producer with a doctorate in multimedia genetics education and evaluation. She has 20 years’ experience in health, science and education research, and her publications have been cited more than 1,000 times. Amy has worked in Australia, the USA and UK, first in population-based genetic screening then moving into research and delivery of medical and genetics educational materials in various settings – primary, secondary and tertiary education, continuing medical education and public sectors.
Dr Natalie Thorne
Lead of Innovation & Technology
Dr Natalie Thorne is Melbourne Genomics' Lead of Innovation & Technology.
After a degree majoring in mathematics and statistics and minoring in genetics, Natalie completed her PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's Bioinformatics division.
Natalie worked for Cancer Research UK at the Cambridge Research Institute in the computational biology group where she worked on a variety of microarray genomics applications in cancer and analysis of data from emerging genomic technologies. After five years in the UK, she returned to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in a senior postdoctoral position within the statistical genetics lab. Natalie's studies utilised high-throughput sequencing technology to discover disease-causing DNA mutations, focusing on projects to improve the use of whole genome sequencing for disease diagnosis.
Dr Melissa Martyn
Evaluation Project Manager
Dr Melissa Martyn is a Senior Fellow in the Genomics in Society Group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Melissa has been seconded to the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance program team in various roles since mid-2014. Melissa's current role with Melbourne Genomics is Program Evaluation Manager; working collaboratively with subject area experts to develop novel methodological approaches for evaluation of genomics.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts/Science, a PhD in genetics and a unique mix of expertise from previous roles in biomedical research, medical education, health program evaluation and research into psychosocial aspects on genetics. Melissa’s research focuses on the intersection between genomics and healthcare, encompassing process and impact evaluation, including patient perspectives, and development of workforce capability to support incorporation of genomics.
Communication and Engagement Manager
Karen Meehan is the Communication and Engagement Manager for Melbourne Genomics.
Karen has 20 years' experience spanning strategic communications, events management, media and stakeholder relations, and online and print journalism. Prior to joining the Melbourne Genomics' team in 2015, Karen worked for 11 years for Museums Victoria, managing communications for Melbourne's Immigration Museum and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum, as well as working with museum scientists to communicate specialised research to the media and general public.