Executive Council

The executive council of the Australasian Cytometry Society is comprised of the current president, secretary and treasurer, as well as either the immediate past president, or the president elect. All appointments are by election at the Annual General Meeting of the Society, which normally coincides with the Annual Scientific Meeting.



Helen McGuire, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Ramaciotti Facility for Human Systems Biology
Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney NSW 2050

Dr Helen McGuire is a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Sydney. Her research focus and interests lie in the clinical application of immunological studies to a range of human diseases, and she is particularly passionate about applying recent technological advances such as mass cytometry. Having extensively researched in this area, she is highly regarded for her expertise in utilising mass cytometry for clinical profiling. She coordinates collaborative projects across many diverse clinical applications. Collaborators span groups local to the University of Sydney campus and beyond. In 2019 she was selected to the Marylou Ingram Scholar program by the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry, and is currently serving on the ISAC Council.    

President Elect

Maggie Wang, PhD
Scientifics Platforms Director
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
and Westmead Research Hub

Dr Xin Maggie Wang obtained her Master of Science in Medicine in 2001 and PhD in 2007 from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Sydney, Australia. After one year postdoc training in the Liver Lab at the Centenary Institute, she took the senior flow cytometry scientist position at the Western Sydney Area Health in 2008 and became the manager of the Westmead Research Hub Flow Cytometry Core Facility in 2011. In 2016, she was promoted as the Scientific Platforms Manager and then the Scientific Platforms Director in 2019. She is now responsible for ten scientific platforms including flow cytometry at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the Westmead Research Hub. For the last 13 years she has been heavily involved in flow cytometry training and education, facility design and operation, technology upgrade, application development and biosafety procedure implementation.

Maggie is actively interacting with local and international cytometry societies and has been a member of the Australasian Cytometry Society (ACS) since 2008 and a member of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) since 2009. As an invited speaker, she has presented at 23 cytometry related events since 2012. She was the ACS SRL Advisory Council in 2018 and 2019. Now, she is a member of the Live Education Subcommittee and the SRL Recognition Program Subcommittee of ISAC as well as a committee member of the Chinese Society of Biotechnology.

Executive Secretary

Michael Thomson has been an ACS member for over 10 years and has 12 years Cytometry Core Lab experience. As a core manager he is passionate about utilising Shared Resources to support research goals and clinical outcomes, and presently manages the Flow Cytometry core at MHTP, a busy translational research core laboratory that has given him expertise in cytometry matters including panel design, instrumentation chacterisation, biosafety, project presentation, cytometry education, budgeting, communication and staff management.

Michael is a graduate of the ISAC Shared Resources Emerging Leader Program (2019) and a current member of the ISAC SRL Outreach Task Force which is responsible for maintaining and expanding the communication and delivery of Shared Resource Laboratory content to the ISAC membership.

Michael has been active in the ACS, and was a member of the Local Organising Committee for the 2012 and 2019 Melbourne meetings, where he was Meeting Secretary. He has presented and moderated on SRL workshops and tutorials at both ISAC and ACS meetings on various SRL topics, including the successful 2017 joint ACS meeting, Cyto Asia.


Joanna Roberts: For me, cytometry is a powerful and fascinating technology with endless applications to new questions facing medicine, agriculture, conservation, and the environment. It is thrilling to imagine those break throughs that might yeild more insight into health and disease and then see them unfold in the community of scientists – cytometrists – that you get to work with. That is why I love my professional life.

I came to flow cytometry as a confused under-graduate student and discovered the joy of beautiful T cell staining on a four colour BD FACScan. As I realised I had found what I loved, a few years later I got the opportunity to set up a flow cytometry shared resource lab at a medical research institute, the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington, New Zealand. From there I secured a role as Head of Platform for flow cytometry at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. I returned to New Zealand and worked for AgResearch Ltd for a few years before realising that I would get the most fun out of my working life if I worked for myself. I set up Flowjoanna around that time, a company offering support, training, and assistance with cytometry related projects.

In early 2022, my projects include work using spectral cytometry and autofluorescent signatures, analysis of cattle samples to detect various  cell types of importance to health, disease and the environment, a conservation genetics project employing karyotype techniques and a number of other service-orientated tasks such as genome size estimates and ploidy analysis in plants such as hops. I am proud to currently have two Pūhoro STEM Academy interns working with me at flowjoanna.

In the past 5 years I have been editor of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology Quarterly Newsletter, Secretary of the ACS, and member of the ISAC CYTOWomen taskforce. I am currently ACS Treasurer and look forward to serving this society in this role.