Advisory Council

The membership of the ACS may elect additional Council members to advise the executive council and provide adequate representation of the membership, for example in terms of cytometry field (research, clinical, industrial) or geographical area (Australia, New Zealand). Additional Council members shall serve until the next Annual General Meeting.


Current Advisory Council:

Kate Pilkington: Conference Convener

Anna Brooks: Research Adviser

Vuong Nguyen: Clinical Adviser


Vuong Nguyen is the Senior Scientist of the Clinical Flow Cytometry Laboratory at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He graduated from RMIT – BAppSc-Laboratory Medicine in 2006. He worked in the core-laboratory (Biochemistry, Haematology, Blood Banking and Flow Cytometry) until 2010 where he specialised in flow cytometry. In 2012 he obtained the International Cytometry Certification Examination. He was awarded the “Cliff Francis Memorial award” presented by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) for “Recent scientific publication of significant merit” in 2014.

He has been part of the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma group working on AML MRD. He is currently on the Australasian Cytometry Society’s Clinical Guidelines Taskforce focusing on Leukaemia and Lymphoma, CD34 Enumeration and Minimal Residual Disease.

He is an Honorary Lecturer for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia on Clinical Flow Cytometry. He is also a NATA assessor, auditing clinical flow cytometry laboratories. He has been on the organising committee of past Australasian Flow Cytometry Group. In 2017 he was co-chair of the inaugural CYTOAsia conference held in Singapore.

Maggie Wang: SRL Advisor

Maggie WangDr Xin Maggie Wang obtained her Masters in Science in 2001 and a PhD in 2007 at the Department of Medicine, the University of Sydney, Australia. She took the senior flow cytometry scientist position at the Western Sydney Area Health in 2008 and became manager of the Westmead Research Hub flow cytometry core facility in 2011. In 2016, she was promoted as Scientific Platforms Manager responsible for seven scientific platforms including flow cytometry at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Westmead Research Hub, the University of Sydney. She has been a member of ISAC and ACS since 2008 and became a member of ACS Council in 2017 to represent SRL members. She has participated in ISAC Live Education Task Force activities since 2017 and presented at a number of flow cytometry workshops. For last ten years she has been heavily involved in providing advise and assistance with the development of flow cytometry applications, designing a new flow cytometry core facility, establishing business models, investigating new lab management systems, setting up the biosafety procedures as well as collaborating with several researcher groups.

Adrian Smith: ISAC Liaison