Executive Committee of Management

 stuart cordwell

Professor Stuart Cordwell
School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences
The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
A/Prof. Stuart Cordwell is a graduate of the University of Sydney. He was an author on the manuscript that defined the term ‘proteome’ in 1995 and has been involved in proteomics research throughout his career. He was Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility from 1999-2003, and Director of Research and Development from 2003-2004. He is now co-appointed as an Associate Professor in the School of Molecular Bioscience, the Charles Perkins Centre, and the Discipline of Pathology, School of Medical Science at the University of Sydney. He was recently appointed Academic Director of the new $5 million University of Sydney Core in Mass Spectrometry. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Group of the Bosch Institute. He was awarded the Selby Research Award in 2006 for work on bacterial membrane proteins and a Villum Kann Rasmussen VELUX Professorship Denmark (2009) for his work on post-translational modification of proteins. His research focuses on the post-translational modification of proteins and their crosstalk during bacterial and cardiovascular disease. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers with nearly 4000 career citations. He is a member of the Editorial Boards for the journals Proteomics and Proteomics (Clinical Applications). He has been invited to speak at >20 conferences since 2005, including 5 HUPO World Congresses. Cordwell has also served as the Secretary of the Australasian Proteomics Society (APS) from 2007-2013, Chair of the Education and Training Committee, and is currently a Vice-President of APS, a member of AOHUPO Council from 2010-2012 and on the Organizing Committee of the Lorne Proteomics Symposium since 2004. He has co-supervised 14 PhD students and more than 20 Honours students. He also established the first laboratory-based undergraduate Proteomics course in Australia. His vision for the APS is of an inclusive society and support network that encourages the participation of Early and Mid-Career Researchers, as well as providing financial and travel support for students and consistent high quality meetings of international standard.

 peter hoffman 3 VICE PRESIDENT/Conference Chair 
Professor Peter Hoffmann
Director, Adelaide Proteomics Centre
School of Biological Sciences 
School of Physical Sciences
University of South Australia, SA, Australia
Prof Hoffmann received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at University of the Saarland, Germany in 1999. He spent four years in Melbourne working with Richard Simpson and Bruce Kemp where he specialised in the use of free-flow electrophoresis in proteomics and the detection of protein phosphorylation by mass spectrometry. He moved back to Germany in 2003 and played an integral role in establishing a proteomics facility at the University Leipzig, Germany. In 2005, he was recruited back to Australia to establish a Proteomics Centre at the University of Adelaide. He holds now a Chair in Proteomics and is Director of the Adelaide Proteomics Centre at the University of Adelaide. His research is focused on biomarker discovery in cancer, detection of protein phosphorylation and Tissue Imaging Mass Spectrometry. The Adelaide Proteomics Centre houses the national facility for Tissue Imaging Mass Spectrometry for Australia. Prof Hoffmann is also Deputy Director of Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing. Prof Hoffmann is also an elected member of the HUPO Council starting 1st of January 2015. My vision is to modernise the society and to have democratic input from all members of the society into a new constitution and how the society will be run in the future. I will also support early career researchers and women on a national and international level and I see that as part what the society’s responsibility is to their members.
 anthony-purcell TREASURER
Professor Anthony Purcell 

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Monash University, VIC, Australia

Tony Purcell is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Larkin’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University. He holds a Honorary Professorship at the University of Melbourne and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Roche Medal (ASBMB) and the Jacques Miller Award (ASI). He was the inaugural president of Proteomics and Metabolomics Victoria and is the current Treasuer of this association. He has been a member of APS since its inception and played a role in several APS committees. He is also on the Executive committee of the Australasian Peptide Society. His research integrates peptidomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, biophysics, structural biology and functional assays to identify new targets of immune responses. As such he has a long history of cross-disciplinary research with mass spectrometry central to these efforts. Over his career he has made important contributions to understanding the T cell recognition in autoimmunity, drug hypersensitivity, cancer and infectious diseases. He is arguably one of Australia’s top performing proteomics researchers publishing over 160 peer reviewed papers and attracting extensive funding from NHMRC, ARC, JDRF, NIH and industry. He has been instrumental in bringing new quantitative tools to immunological studies, in particular the use of multiple reaction monitoring and data independent acquisition techniques to dissect complex host-pathogen interactions. My view for APS is to promote our technology to the broader scientific community and to increase funding to our sector through greater public awareness and political advocacy. I believe our society can do more to support our students and ECRs through awards, exposure at major international meetings and travel bursaries. Finally, I will work towards better mentorship through the society to help guide our younger (and not so young) researchers through the perils of post-doctoral, fellowship and faculty appointments.

 mark molloy SECRETARY
Professor Mark Molloy
The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
Prof Mark Molloy has been an active researcher in the proteomics field since 1995, gaining his PhD in 2000. He has worked in academic and industry laboratories in Australia and USA applying proteomics to investigate questions of a biomedical nature. Mark has over 85 publications in the field. Since 2010 he has been Director of the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF) at Macquarie University. Mark has been a member of APS since 2005, and an annual participant and session chair at the Lorne proteomics conference. Since 2009 he has contributed to the APS management committee as the NSW Representative. In 2013 he led a review of the APS constitution and made recommendations on modernising the society, some of which were presented at the 2014 AGM. Mark’s nomination to a senior executive role is a sign of his commitment to growing APS as the leading national body representing the proteomics discipline in Australia. Mark is familiar with Secretarial duties as he is a board member of APAF Ltd., and he has much experience on academic committees. He is committed to greater democratization of the society and the encouragement of society growth by introducing new students delegates. Here, he has a track record having convened the Proteomics & Beyond symposium in Sydney in 2012 and 2014, each event attracting over 100 early career delegates.
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Dr Morten Thaysen-Andersen
Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
Macquarie University, NSW, Australia

Dr. Morten Thaysen Andersen (MTA) is a Fellow of the Cancer Institute NSW at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He obtained his PhD in Carbohydrate and Protein Chemistry in 2009 from University of Southern Denmark under the guidance of Prof. Peter Højrup, and completed two postdoctoral fellowships in Glycobiology at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia under Prof. Nicki Packer awarded to him by the Danish and Australian Research Agencies. MTA now leads a research group at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia that conducts research in Structural and Analytical Glycobiology with a focus on understanding how complex carbohydrates (glycans) affect the function of key proteins in complex biological systems including inflammation (innate immunity), cancer, and pathogenic-host interactions. His group develops and utilises state-of-the-art mass spectrometry-based technologies for the large-scale and accurate molecular mapping of carbohydrate-protein structures (glycomics and glycoproteomics) and uses complementary molecular and cellular assays to investigate the structure/function relationships of carbohydrate-conjugated proteins in the context of a range of human diseases.

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Dr Michelle Colgrave
Proteomics Research Scientist
CSIRO, QLD & Edith Cowan University, WA,  Australia

Michelle Colgrave obtained a BAdvSc (Hons I) in 1999 and PhD from The University of Wollongong in 2002. Since then, Michelle has undertaken postdoctoral fellowships in instrument development (Nottingham, UK) and structure/function studies of bioactive peptides and worked as an application scientist with Applied Biosystems (now Sciex). In 2007, she joined CSIRO and is the Molecular Analysis Team Leader in the Agriculture Flagship, based in Brisbane. Michelle’s research group applies proteomics and mass spectrometry (MS) to identify key proteins that will benefit Australia's livestock and plant industries and improve human health. Michelle is using MS as a tool for: (1) detection of differential protein and peptide expression; (2) characterisation of post-translational protein modifications e.g. glycosylation of Hendra virus proteins; (3) peptide quantification (targeted proteomics); (4) developing new separation techniques. Since 2010 Michelle has developed MS techniques for the quantification of gluten (hordeins in barley; gliadins and glutenins in wheat). She is dedicated to education, training and dissemination of cutting-edge proteomic and MS approaches that she hopes to see adopted by APS members. 

Professor Marc Wilkins
Director, Ramaciotti Centre
School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
The University of NSW, NSW, Australia

Marc has worked in the field of proteomics for 20 years and has >100 publications in the field. He has served as a senior editor for PROTEOMICS for 10 years and, prior to that, as an editorial board member of ELECTROPHORESIS. Marc is an elected member of the HUPO Council, now serving his third term, and was co-convenor and program chair of the HUPO2010 congress held in Sydney. Marc is an annual attendee at the APS conference and is committed to seeing it continue as the premier event for proteomics in Australasia. He is also committed to the continuation of APS as a lively and inclusive scientific society.

 Andrew Webb


Dr Andrew Webb
Head, Proteomics Laboratory
Acting Division Head, Systems Biology & Personalised Medicine
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute


Dr Andrew Webb graduated his PhD in Biochemistry at Monash University in 2005 (Melbourne Australia). As a CJ Martin Fellow, he completed his Post-doctoral training in areas of Immunology, Virology and Mass Spectrometry at Imperial College London. He then moved to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in 2011 and was appointed Laboratory Head of the new Proteomics Research Laboratory in 2015. His lab focuses on developing proteomic and bioinformatic techniques to advance discoveries in biology and clinical research, working collaboratively with many labs both nationally and internationally. Andrew is also committed to educating and training the next generation of Proteomics researchers, and views APS as an integral part of this process.






NSW Representative
Mark P Molloy
Director, Australian Proteome Analysis Facility Ltd (APAF)
Macquarie University NSW, Australia

QLD Representative
Michelle Hill
University of Queensland
Diamantina Institute
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

SA Representative
Peter Hoffmann
Director, Adelaide Proteomics Centre
School of Molecular and Biomedical Science
University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

VIC Representative
Anthony W Purcell
Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Monash University,VIC, Australia

WA Representative
Richard Lipscombe
Managing Director, Proteomics International
Lotterywest State Biomedical Facility - Proteomics Node
Centre for Food and Genomic Medicine WA, Australia

NZ Representative
Bill Jordan
Director, Centre for Biodiscovery
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand


Education & Training Coordinator 
Michelle L Colgrave
Senior Proteomics Research Scientist
CSIRO Livestock Industries
St Lucia, QLD, Australia

Web Page Coordinator - Ben Crossett
The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Trade Committee
Co-ordinator: Gavin Reid
Stuart Cordwell, Tony Purcell 

Program Committee
Co-ordinator: Peter Hoffmann
Stuart Cordwell, Gavin Reid, Nicki Packer, Marc Wilkins, Mark Molloy, Tony Purcell, Michelle Hill, Richard Lipscombe, Vera Ignjatovic

Finance Committee
Co-ordinator: Gavin Reid
Stuart Cordwell, Peter Hoffmann, Tony Purcell, Mark Molloy, Michelle Hill

Education Committee (Students)
Co-ordinator: Michelle Colgrave
Tony Purcell, Stuart Cordwell, Mark Molloy, Peter Hoffmann, Michelle Hill, Very Ignjatovic, Marc Wilkins, Ben Crossett

President: Rong Xu
NSW Representative: Duthika Mallawaaratchy
VIC Representative: Rong Xu
SA Representative: Matthew Briggs
QLD Representative: Dayle Sampson

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