Faculty, Staff and Contributors

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, Leader, OBER; Project Manager – Biobank Resource Centre

Lise Matzke is the leader for OBER and Project Manager for the Biobank Resrouce Centre (BRC). 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. 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.

email to Lise Matzke


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.

email to Sheila O’Donoghue


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.

email to Simon Dee


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.

email to Sindy Babinszky