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BioPRIA Staff Members

ANTHONY Janette 3X3


Ms Janette Anthony
is the BioPRIA Administrative Assistant and Personal Assistant to the Director of BioPRIA, Professor Gil Garnier. Janette has worked at BioPRIA for nearly ten years, with her role expanding alongside that of the Institute. As PA to the Director, Janette coordinates and supports Prof. Gil Garnier in meeting his range of professional responsibilities. As BioPRIA's Administrative Assistant, Janette is responsible for the smooth running of the Institute, liaison with current and new students and staff, administration of the Master of Bioresource Engineering and coordination of the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (BAMI).

JOHNSON Alysa 3X3


Ms Alysa Johnson
is Project Manager of the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacuring Initiative (BAMI), a new Industry Transformation Research Hub hosted by BioPRIA and funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), six complementary industry partners and Monash University. Alysa is in charge of managing the BAMI finances and ensuring the integrity of the accounts. As Project Manager, Alysa contributes to driving the planning process across a number of phases, in order to meet deadlines and ensure the funds are utilised within agreed timeframes.

MCLEAS Heather 3x3


Ms Heather McLiesh
is a Research Officer at BioPRIA, in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. She has over 20 years experience as a scientist in the blood typing laboratory at Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Before moving to Monash University, Heather worked for 18 months at Grifols, as a senior scientist in the blood transfusion industry. At BioPRIA, Heather works with current PhD students on the blood typing project under the supervision of the Director of BioPRIA, Professor Gil Garnier.

Vikram Raghuwanshi


Dr Vikram Singh
Raghuwanshi
is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacuring Initiative (BAMI). His work is focused on developing nanocellulose- and hemicellulose-based novel functional materials for food, biomedical and technological applications. Vikram's work also includes characterising materials by using Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) and Reflectometry investigation methods on large scale synchrotron (X-rays) and neutron facilities. Dr Raghuwanshi is also working with current PhD students under the supervision of the Director of BioPRIA, Prof. Gil Garnier.

SHARMAN Scot 3X3
Mr Scot Sharman is a Research Assistant at BioPRIA in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. Trained as a chemist, Scot has been working at BioPRIA for the past five years. He is reponsible for maintaining the laboratories and ordering and purchasing the equipment, materials and chemicals required by researchers at BioPRIA and the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacuring Initiative (BAMI). Scot is also responsible for training and managing staff and students in OH&S practices and he is the Health & Safety representative for the Department of Chemical Engineering.
VARANASI Swambabu 3X3


Dr Swambabu Varanasi is a post-doctoral research fellow at BioPRIA and the Bioprocessing Advanced Manufacuring Initiative (BAMI). His PhD focused on preparation methods of biodegradable and recyclable cellulose nanofibre membranes for ultra-filtration applications. At BAMI, Swambabu is working on two projects: Project 1: Cellulosic fibre non-woven materials for high performance applications and Project 3: Engineering specific barriers with coated paper, both of which are related to the Functional Materials platform of BAMI. Swambabu is also working with new PhD students under the supervision of BioPRIA Director, Prof. Gil Garnier and Deputy Director, Dr Warren Batchelor

 


Dr Clare Henderson is a post-doctoral research fellow at BioPRIA in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. She completed her PhD in optical physics at the University of Melbourne in 2013 and specialises in laser illumination and microscopy. Clare is setting up a new laser-based blood analysis system to develop rapid low-cost diagnostic methods and tools. Clare works with current PhD students on the blood typing project under the supervision of the Director of BioPRIA, Prof. Gil Garnier.