Operations Staff

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

Director of the Hunter Cancer Biobank

Marjorie Walker

Marjorie Walker is Professor of Anatomical Pathology at the University of Newcastle Australia, an Honorary Staff Specialist at NSW Health Pathology, John Hunter Hospital Campus, NSW and Director of the Hunter Cancer Biobank, HMRI Newcastle. Previously she was Reader and Honorary Consultant at the Centre for Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, until 2012.Her expertise as a histopathologist is in interpretation of clinical or molecular events in tissue sections, correlating both routine pathology and immunocytochemistry to demonstrate particular cells or their function or secretion with clinical patient data. Marjorie principally works in gastrointestinal and urological pathology.

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Biobank Manager

Cassandra Griffin

As HCRA Biobanking Manager, Cassandra leads the biobanking team working across the Hunter Cancer Biobank, Sequential Blood Biobank and MHF Brain Biobank. Cass and the Biobank team coordinate investigator driven collections, assist with the scoping of new collection protocols for local research, provide high quality IHC and bespoke TMA services and work closely with the national and international biobanking community to ensure that we have the best possible resources and services available for our local researchers.

Cassandra has an eclectic background with experience in both clinical and laboratory research, as well as international experience in health communications and performing arts. She holds a BA (University of Newcastle) B BiomedSci (University of Newcastle) and MPH (University of Sydney).

Email: Cassandra.Griffin@newcastle.edu.au

Phone: 02 4921 7460

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