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.



Matthew Linden, PhD
Associate Professor of Haematology
School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Western Australia
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Dr. Linden is internationally recognised for his expertise in the characterisation of platelet function in health and disease, the detection of antiplatelet drug resistance and his contribution to the development of new antiplatelet therapies. His research has been featured thrice on the cover of journals and, with more than 2,200 citations, has had a significant impact on the fields of haematology and cytometry. He was named a 2016 Marylou Ingram Scholar by the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry in recognition for his development of novel cytometry techniques for blood platelets and platelet-immune systems biology. Dr Linden chaired the ACS2015 meeting in Perth, and was treasurer for the inaugural CYTO Asia meeting in Singapore in 2017.

Past President

Sandy Smith

IMG_0521[17907]Sandy Smith is the Senior Hospital Scientist in the clinical Flow Cytometry Laboratory at ICPMR, Westmead Hospital, Sydney. Before this he was the Senior Scientist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney for 14 years. He has always been keen and active in R&D within the clinical laboratory. In 2007, Sandy developed and implemented the first 8 colour panels used for routine clinical samples in Australia. He has presented and published on panel construction, data analysis, and detection of neoplastic B cells and plasma cells by clonality. Recent laboratory projects have included investigations into transitional B cells, T regs in haematological malignancies, plus novel markers for B cells, T cells and plasma cells.

Sandy has previously been on the Executive Committee from 2010-2012, including President in 2010. He has been on national assay guideline committees since 2009, and is on several of the taskforce committees currently updating the ACS Clinical Guidelines. In 2012, Sandy was the first Australian to pass the International Cytometry Certificate Exam (ICCE) and become a Certified Cytometrist.



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 Research Fellow at the Ramaciotti Facility for Human Systems Biology (RFHSB), an initiative established in 2013 to support the development of mass cytometry within NSW. 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 within RFHSB across many diverse clinical applications. Collaborators span groups local to the University of Sydney campus and beyond.

Executive Secretary

JMR October 2016 joanna photoJoanna Roberts is a flow cytometry specialist based in New Zealand working as a consultant on flow cytometry projects in Universities, Research Institutes and Biotech companies. Joanna’s company Flowjoanna has been successfully pursuing the aim of supporting researchers to get the best data from their projects for five years.

Projects involve immune phenotyping studies in humans and animal models using flow and mass cytometry, cell biology techniques for cancer biology, and flow cytometry for microbiological and ecological assays.

Prior to creating Flowjoanna, Joanna worked as a flow cytometry specialist for AgResarch Ltd, a Crown Research Institute in New Zealand. Before that, she set up and managed the Flow Cytometry Platform at the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Joanna first discovered flow cytometry in the lab of Prof Graham Le Gros at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) while studying the immune response to influenza infection. During her time at MIMR she was solely responsible for setting up the flow cytometry platform including their first cell sorter. Joanna joined the ACS for the first time in 2003. She is also a member of the Australasian Society for Immunology and the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry.