Faculty, Staff and Contributors
Dr. Peter Watson, Director
Dr. Peter Watson will provide leadership for the UBC Office of Biobank Research and Education.
- Other affiliations:
- Director of the Tumour Tissue Repository Program at the BC Cancer Agency
- Chief Physician Vancouver Island Centre
- Senior Scientist and a Professor of Pathology, University of British Columbia
- Co-leader of the Canadian Tissue Repository Network
He currently combines a clinical practice as a breast pathologist with research interests in the molecular pathology of breast and ovarian cancer, and in the discipline of biobanking.
His research program has included the discovery, validation, elucidation of the mechanism of action, and exploration of the therapeutic potential of the S100A7 gene in breast cancer. He also leads and co-leads provincial and national biobanking initiatives to advance translational cancer research.
Lise Matzke, Project Manager – Biobank Resource Centre
Lise Matzke is a Project Manager for the Biobank Resrouce Centre (BRC) with OBER. In this role, Lise conducts R&D in biobanking by developing novel tools and products for the discipline. She has also been active as a consultant for different types of biomedical biobanks and she has published several manuscripts for Biopreservation and Biobanking. In the past 15 years, Lise has held positions in field, laboratory, research and administrative aspects of biobanking in the areas of biomedical, archaeological, and forensic biobanking. Lise is member of the ISBER Education and Training Committee.
Sheila O’Donoghue, Project Manager – Biobank Education and Certification
Sheila O’Donoghue is the Biobank Leader of the Tumour Tissue Repository at the BC Cancer Agency and the OBER Project Manager responsible for the biobank certification and education programs. Prior to working with OBER, she was the project manager for the BC BioLibrary and spent fifteen plus years managing national and local clinical trials. She is the Vice-Chair of the ISBER Education and Training Committee.
Stefanie Cheah, Project Manager – Permission to Contact
Stefanie Cheah is the OBER Project Manager for the Permission to Contact (PTC) Platform, a strategy to overcome the obstacles of patient recruitment by asking all patients entering a clinic/centre for their permission to be contacted for future research purposes. She has also been involved with creating education content and supporting the biobank certification program. Stefanie brings over five years’ experience in the laboratory setting specializing in the areas of molecular biology, immunology and biochemistry.
Simon Dee, Information Technology Manager
Simon Dee is the Tumour Tissue Repository and OBER IT Project Manager. He leads the application platform and services development for BC Cancer Agency’s next-generation biobanking platform. He has experience in building technically challenging web-based applications and services. He has implemented the Tumour Tissue Repository) Information Systems Architecture and has also provided a cutting edge solution to support the BC Cancer Agency TTR Database Repository initiative of storing patient clinical data, pathologist annotations, outcomes, and specimen inventories for cancer research. This solution will be ground breaking in supporting and directing new research initiatives as well as allow the exploration of data mining not possible in the past.
Jodi LeBlanc, Project Nurse
Jodi LeBlanc brings 21 years of nursing experience in the areas of oncology and general surgery to her role as lead for the BCCA PREDICT (PTC) program and project nurse at the British Columbia Cancer Agency Tumour Tissue Repository. She has practiced in Alberta, Texas, and British Columbia. In her role as project nurse, Jodi is responsible for seeing cancer patients who have expressed an interest in donating their tissue and clinical information for cancer research as well as leading informed consent education for several biobanks and translational research groups.
email to Jody Leblanc
Sindy Babinszky, Lead Biospecimen Technician
Sindy Babinszky is the lead biospecimen technician in the Tumour Tissue Repository Program at the BC Cancer Agency. She has over ten years of laboratory experience in both plant and animal tissue culture and has been participating in the biobanking of human cancers for 10 years. Her position encompasses all aspects of biobanking from biospecimen accrual and laboratory maintenance to access and distribution of biospecimens to the translational research community. Her expertise in hands-on biobanking informs her many contributions to OBER projects.
Alex Slotty, Information Technology Analyst
Alex joined the team from Germany to work as a Computer & Systems Support Technician/IT Analyst for a year and is responsible for assisting the team with IT related biobank projects. He has spent over nine years working in the healthcare sector, working on different projects to find and implement solutions for a variety of tasks. Besides his degree in Applied Computer Science with specialisation in Health Informatics he also holds a degree in Healthcare Business Economy.
Dr. Anna Meredith, Project Manager for Biospecimen Research and Access
Anna Meredith is a Project Manager for Biospecimen Research and Access at OBER. She has over 10 years of experience in translational research using human biospecimens, including: study design and protocol development; sample collection, archiving and banking; and scientific writing for manuscripts and grant applications. Anna has a background in molecular biology and biochemistry, and completed her PhD training in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia, where her research focused on heart failure, biomarker discovery, and cardiac remodeling.