Christoph Hagemeyer

Prof Hagemeyer is a Senior Research Fellow of the NHMRC and Head of the NanoBiotechnology Laboratory at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (Monash University). He studied Chemistry in Germany and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Freiburg (Germany) for contributions to the field of Cytochrome P450 metabolism in the brain. As a postdoctoral fellow, he worked in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at the “Centre national de la recherche scientifique” in Bordeaux (France) before migrating to Australia in 2005. He has particular expertise in the use of small recombinant single-chain antibodies for molecular imaging and drug delivery. He has work extensively in cardiovascular research developing anti-thrombotic fusion proteins and novel imaging probes for MRI, Ultrasound and Positron Emission Tomography. He has published widely in leading journals (Circ Res, Adv Mater, Angew Chem..) on vascular biology, molecular imaging, recombinant antibodies and nanotechnology and has been supported throughout his career by national and international fellowships and grants.

Sara Motamen

Dr Sara Motamen is the Scientific Project Manager within the NIF Central Team.

Sara completed her PhD at Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University in 2020 followed by postdoctoral work at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Her research focused on developing anti-tuberculosis and anti-viral drugs.

Sarah Flaim

Dr Sarah Flaim is National Imaging Facility’s Chief Operating Officer.

Sarah brings a valuable skillset to NIF, and joins us from The University of Queensland, where she was most recently the School Manager in the School of IT and Electrical Engineering, managing core operational activities and providing oversight and leadership of a team of 30 professional staff. She has a passion for leading high-performing teams, enhancing workplace culture and identifying pragmatic solutions to the operational challenges facing academic institutions. 

Prior to this, Sarah held a number of specialist research management roles across several UQ faculties and central units and has an in-depth understanding of the life cycle of research projects. Before joining UQ in 2010, Sarah was a postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College at the University of Oxford, where she undertook interdisciplinary research in computational biology focusing on the electrophysiology of the mammalian heart.

Paul Bonnington

Professor Paul Bonnington joined UQ in 2022 as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Infrastructure).

He has decades of experience within research infrastructure in the tertiary sector, providing researchers with access to major computing, software, and analytics capability.

Prior to joining, he was Director of eResearch at Monash University. Paul led a multi-disciplinary centre of over 50 eResearch, data and computational professionals providing expertise to computing, visualisation and data capabilities for numerous research areas.

Under Paul’s direction, the Monash eResearch Centre hosted federally-funded national eResearch infrastructure worth more than $27 million, for specialised high-performance computing, research cloud services and data storage and data management, underpinning the data-centric research of over 4,000 researchers. He also led numerous state and national research infrastructure initiatives while at Monash.

At the University of Auckland, Paul established New Zealand’s first eResearch program.

Paul’s major research interests lie in graph-theory, medical AI, and developing advanced computational solutions to combinatorial problems.

Paul has also served on numerous state and national boards in the research and research infrastructure areas, including the current Australian Earth-System Simulator National Research Infrastructure (ACCESS-NRI) Board.

Kh Tohidul Islam

Dr Kh Tohidul Islam is currently working as an Imaging Scientist Research Fellow at Monash Biomedical Imaging, Monash University, Clayton, Australia. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2013 from Prime University, Bangladesh, an MBA in 2015 from Lincoln University College, Malaysia, followed by a Master of Computer Science (A.I.) in 2017 from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, and his PhD in MDHS (computer vision, A.I., and image processing) in 2022 from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Before joining Monash University, he worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Malaya and subsequently as an Academic Support at the University of Melbourne. Then he served as a Research Assistant at Edith Cowan University, Australia and was followed by another Research Assistant position at the University of Melbourne.

His research interests include medical image processing (classification, registration, and segmentation), machine learning and deep learning, and AI. Recently he has focused on ultra-low-field (64mT) MRI analysis, reconstruction, and their clinical utilities using deep learning for his current position at Monash University.


Heidi Espedal

Heidi Espedal is a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where she is the National Imaging Facility (NIF) fellow overseeing the new human PET-CT scanner being installed in the Western Australian NIF node.

Heidi has a biomedical background with a BSc in Biochemistry (University of Stavanger, Norway), MSc in Medical Cell Biology and a PhD in Neuro-Oncology (both University of Bergen, Norway, 2015). From 2015 and until joining NIF, Heidi was the platform leader of the preclinical PET-CT facilities at the Molecular Imaging Center (MIC), University of Bergen. Heidi established the preclinical MRI and PET imaging platform for gynecological cancer as part of her postdoctoral research project. Heidi has an ongoing research collaboration for gynecological cancer with the Mohn Medical Imaging and Visualization Centre (MMIV) at Haukeland University Hospital and University of Bergen, Norway.

Heidi’s research interest include dynamic PET imaging techniques and improved quantitative image analyses.

Jennifer Rumbel

Jenn is a Kamilaroi woman with a passion for empowering Aboriginal people and communities She has undergraduate degrees in Theology and Aboriginal Studies with Newcatle university. Currently Jenn is PhD Candidate in Aboriginal Studies with the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle, looking at the impact of the Catholic Church in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese on Aboriginal Spirituality health and wellbeing.

Her previous Aboriginal research roles include the Memory Study with the Health Behaviour Collaborative and Driving Change with the George Institute.

Jenn is a member of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese and the current Chair of Firstchance Early Childhood Early Intervention service in Newcastle, which supports a number of local Aboriginal led early childhood services and a member of the Lowitja Institute Members Community.

She also holds a fellow ship co-funded by the National Imaging Facility and Systems Neuroscience Group to foster Indigenous collaboration and ownership in the field of imaging research to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

Guy Cameron

Guy is a proud Wailwan (Aboriginal) man with a Doctorate of Philosophy (Immunology and Microbiology). Guy is a post-doctoral researcher working as part of the Aboriginal ear and immune health, expanding our knowledge on ear disease which disproportionally affect Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander children. He also holds a fellowship co-funded by the national imaging facility and systems neuroscience group to foster Indigenous collaboration and ownership in the field of imaging research to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. Additionally, Guy is an Indigenous tutor and mentor with the Wollotuka Institute, striving to assist mob with getting equal opportunity.

Peter Bugeia

Peter is an eResearch professional, with over twelve years experience providing research computing, research data storage and management solutions to Australian researchers.

He has a postgraduate honours degree in computer science, specialising in information systems, and has over 35 years of experience analysing, designing, implementing and managing highly technical business solutions across a range of industries including banking and finance, media, telecommunications, health and medical, government and education. 

Peter led the implementation of Macquarie University’s Research Data Repository, and Western Sydney University’s HIEv automated data capture system. During his time at Intersect Australia, Peter managed and refined  Intersect’s NCRIS-funded national research cloud computing and research data storage service, leading  a number of large-scale research computing migration projects for Intersect members. Peter specialises in providing research data management advice to human researchers.

Heath Pardoe

Heath Pardoe is an Associate Professor at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Stream Lead for Science and Operations Support in the Australian Epilepsy Project and Academic Lead for the Florey MRI facility. He holds honorary positions at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

His primary research interest is computational analysis of neuroanatomical MRI with a focus on epilepsy. He develops and applies statistical methods, including artificial intelligence techniques, to large neuroimaging datasets to map subtle disease related brain changes. As part of these research goals he has developed methods for harmonization of multi-site imaging data and techniques for assessing and correcting for the effects of in-scanner head motion on neuroanatomical MRI scans. His research efforts have been supported by grant funding from the NH&MRC, the NIH and philanthropic organizations.

Dr Pardoe completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Western Australia. He underwent postdoctoral training with Graeme Jackson at the Florey (2005-2012) and was an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Grossman School of Medicine (2012 – 2022).

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