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 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. In 2019 she was selected to the Marylou Ingram Scholar program by the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry.  

President Emeritus


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.

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.


Kate Pilkington is a cytometry Applications Specialist with Cytek Biosciences, supporting Australia and New Zealand in spectral cytometry and pursuing her passion for cytometry education and promotion of best practices for scientific excellence in cytometry. She has cytometry experience with cells from all phyla and her diverse user base at both Cytek and her previous roles as Cytometry Facility Manager at University of South Australia and SA Pathology afforded her the opportunity to collaborate on many projects across several disciplines, with a strong focus on cancer biology and transplant immunology, and an ongoing soft spot for cell trafficking studies.

Based in Adelaide, Kate discovered her passion for cytometry during her post-graduate studies at Adelaide University and hasn’t looked back. A long-standing member of both ISAC and ACS, Kate founded the Adelaide Cytometry user group, CYTOMAD, to further her mission for cytometry education of local scientists. Kate chaired the ACS2018 meeting in Adelaide and using the skills learned during that process has continued to support Conference Organising Committees and the Executive Committee with her technical support skills before her recent election to Executive Treasurer.