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:

Dr Anna Brooks
Councillor ex officio, Conference Chairperson

AnnaDr Anna Brooks holds a BCA (management) and a PhD in Immunology and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Maurice Wilkins Centre at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has been using flow cytometry for most of her research years, but has also been managing and enhancing the capabilities of the flow cytometry facility housed in Professor Rod Dunbar’s immunology lab (School of Biological Sciences) for the last 8 or so years. Anna recently launched and now directs this platform, Auckland Cytometry, as a shared resource facility for the Faculty of Science. In addition, Anna is currently facilitating a collaboration with Auckland Genomics to establish a pipeline for single cell transcriptomics (scRNAseq), the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Anna is experienced in multicolour panel development, especially for the characterisation of complex cellular populations in digested human tissues. Anna’s current research interest lies in dissecting the heterogeneity of mesenchymal cells in human adipose tissue using both flow cytometric and proteogenomic techniques (CITEseq/scRNAseq). In addition, Anna is an associate investigator on an on-going international collaboration with the role of developing multicolour panels (20+ colours) to monitor immune responses for clinical trials.

Anna is an active member of the international flow cytometry community and regularly attends and presents at both cytometry and research interest conferences. Anna is passionate about teaching flow cytometric best practices and has presented and facilitated a number of workshops, including at the international CYTO conferences. She has also sat on a number of conference organising and national grant reviewing committees. As well as ACS, Anna is also a member of the Australian Society for Immunology, the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research, the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry and the International Society for Stem Cell Research

Laura Ferrer Font

Laura Ferrer FontAfter finishing her PhD in Barcelona, Laura took a Postdoctoral position with Prof. Hermans who heads the Cancer Immunotherapies Programme, and it was when she became involved with spectral flow cytometry and was totally captivated by the potential of this technology. In 2019, she joined the Hugh Green Cytometry Centre, headed by Kylie Price, as a High Dimensional Spectral Cytometry Specialist. In this role, she has been involved in many different clinical and fundamental research projects, she has developed and analysed multicolour high-dimensional panels (25+ colours) to monitor immune responses, she has published several protocols about the use of spectral flow cytometry and she has delivered numerous workshops for national and international audience.

Laura has been involved with international flow cytometry societies for several years and regularly attends and presents at both cytometry and research interest conferences. Laura was part of the organising committee for NZ Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology 2019 conference. Laura is passionate about cytometry education and she would like to support the Society’s goals not only of creating more educational opportunities and online resources, but also of finding a way to explore networking opportunities in our current world environment. Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing a strong shift towards online content. Rather than seeing it as a forced change, she wants us to be able to embrace this opportunity and create stronger networking links for all, including underrepresented or distant users.

Daniel Orellana

Daniel Orellana is the senior scientist heading the flow cytometry unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He has lead the clinical diagnostic laboratory for the past 8 year, which specialises in leukaemia and lymphoma investigations, paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and supports numerous research programs in expanding our understanding of multiple myeloma.

Daniel, who holds a Masters in Medical Science specialising in pathology, is a member of the Flow Cytometry Working Party for NSW Health Pathology; the largest public pathology service in Australia. This Working Party is focussed on advancing flowcytometry services across NSW to deliver exceptional patient care.

Daniel has a passion for education and has been an invited speaker to a number of Clinical Educational workshops for commercial industry and scientific societies. He is invested in developing the next generation of scientists at the University of Technology Sydney, where he has been lecturing for the past 3 years in the diagnostic application of flow cytometry. In 2015, he was awarded the ACS Clinical Flow Cytometry poster award for his work in proliferation of lymphoma cells. Following this achievement Daniel joined the ACS organising committee for the 2017 ACS Clinical Flow Cytometry Roadshow which toured Australia and New Zealand.

Daniel is committed to continuing professional development for ACS scientists in the clinical field of flow cytometry

Suat Dervish

Suat Dervish is the manager of the Westmead Cytometry, Imaging and Electron Microscopy core research facilities that are part of the Westmead Research Hub, in the largest health and medical research precinct in the southern hemisphere. Leading a team of 5 specialists with a diverse set of skills with the objective to ensure quality data generation and technological developments to facilitate translational medical research.

Suat graduated from the University of Sydney, achieving a 1st class honours in Medical Science focusing on T cell immunology and subsequently worked as a Cytometry Development Specialist at Sydney Cytometry while undertaking postgraduate research into

how Activated Protein C affects the immune system in autoimmune diseases. Notable achievements include ISAC Live Education Taskforce contribution (Shanghai 2019), workshop presentations “Quality Cell Sorting” at Cyto (Boston 2017 ), “Cell Sorting” at Single Cell (Sydney 2018), “High Parameter Unmixing” at WOC (Singapore 2019), developing software/hardware used internationally to improve cell sort quality and speed, being part of the “2020 ACS Homeshow” organising committee and hosting the “ACS Build Your Own Cytometer” workshops. A significant part of his focus is the development of novel cytometry based techniques with his innovative spirit being recognised by being awarded an AMP Tomorrow Maker Grant, an Entrepreneurial USYD Union Kick Start Grant and the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Enterprise.

Suat is an ISAC SRL Emerging Leader (2016-2020) and currently teaches the cytometry component to undergraduates as part of the AMED course through Sydney University.

His main interests include educating, inspiring and enabling developments in cytometry.

Robert Salomon

Rob Salomon is an experienced cytometerist and technical scientist that is motivated to drive the advancement of science through the appropriate use of technology. This involves both the effective utilization of current technology as well as the development and/or application of novel technologies. Rob is a scientifically trained technologist that has driven large projects and built effective teams to leverage cutting-edge technologies for the advancement of science. He is inspired to:

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  1. Advance Science
  2. Progress the understanding of disease and biological processes
  3. Help researchers achieve their goals
  4. Work within as well as lead cohesive teams where highly skilled specialists can work in a collaborative manner to achieve outcomes that would not be possible individually
  5. Leverage technological solutions to help answer big questions
  6. Identify synergies between previously disparate technologies to provide seamless solutions to simplify complex processes

Since 2015, Rob has been working to advance the field of Genomic Cytometry. This is evidenced by his driving role in the design, planing and implementation of the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics. Rob, along with the team he built and with support from the Garvan Institute, successfully conceived, funded and built the centre. The centre is the only one of its kind in Australia and is unique in the world in that it brings the previous disparate modalities of cytometry, microfluidics, genomics and bioinformatics under the one roof. Most recently, Rob has been Working at the University of Technology Sydney with the Institute of Biomedical Materials and Devices (IBMD) and the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia (CCIA) where he lead the technology design for the recently announced ACRF Child Canner Liquid Biopsy Program.

Rob has been involved with the ACS since beginning in cytometry in 2004. He has filled a number of positions with the ACS including, Website committee member, Treasurer and is currently the ACS Industry and Innovation liaison member. In his role with ACS he is passionate about bringing new technologies and approaches to the field of Cytometry and is looking to provide support for innovation and to improve connections between industry and academia.