Operations Staff

Operations Team Members

The operations team is responsible for the management and running of the biobank. Each have special sets of skills making them well suited to providing excellent biospecimens and services for research.

To contact the HCB team please email hcra-biobank@newcastle.edu.au

Biobank Team Leader

Pia Laegdsgaard

Pia is the biobank Team Leader who oversees the management and operations of the Hunter Cancer Biobank including biospecimen accrual, special collections and histology services. Pia has been part of the HCRA team for 2 years and has been managing the  the development of the Sequential Blood Collection for the Hunter Cancer Biobank.

Pia has a science and research background with a BSc(hons) and PhD.

Senior Biobank Technician

Sarah Nielsen

Sarah is the Senior Biobank Technician for the Hunter Cancer Biobank. Her role is to provide high quality annotated specimens and clinical data to scientists to support their research projects. Sarah enjoys working as part of a busy multidisciplinary team in field as crucial as cancer research.Sarah has over 16 years' experience working in diagnostic and research pathology laboratories and holds a Bachelor Degree in Science (Biology).

The University of Newcastle, Australia Hunter New England Local Health District Calvary Mater Newcastle Hunter Medical Research Institute Cancer Institute NSW Pathology North