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Our Team

Management Team
Prof David Lynn 

Professor David Lynn
SAGC Scientific Director

Prof. David Lynn is Director, SAHMRI Computational & Systems Biology Program; Professor, Flinders University College of Medicine & Public Health; and Director of the SA Genomics Centre. He leads a multidisciplinary team of computational and experimental researchers who employ systems immunology and biology approaches to investigate the regulation of complex systems, with a particular focus on the immune system and cancer. His group spans from in silico research in bioinformatics and network modelling to in vitro and in vivo preclinical models, to clinical trials and cohort studies. In the last 10 years, Prof. Lynn was CI on projects worth >$20 million including from The NHMRC (3 CIA; 1 CID), European Commission, MRFF, and Cancer Australia.

In his honorary role of SAGC Scientific Director, Professor Lynn will provide high-level scientific leadership to the centre and support the establishment of SAGC-business relationships, in alignment with the centre’s strategic plan. 

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Dr Sen Wang
SAGC Centre Manager

Sen has more than ten years’ experience using the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies and has an in-depth understanding of NGS applications in the research and clinical fields. With a research background, Sen has profound experience working on academic, clinical and industrial projects in National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratories. The technologies involved include single-cell RNA-seq (scRNA-seq), scATAC-seq, RNA-seq, small RNA-seq, whole exome sequencing (WES), whole genome sequencing (WGS), ChIP-seq, ATAC-seq and methylome-seq. Working together with the genomics specialists and the Bioinformatics platform at the SAGC, Sen is endeavoured to deliver the state-of-the-art, end-to-end genomics services to the research and clinical communities.  

Prof David Lynn

Dr Nathan Watson-Haigh
Acting Head of Bioinformatics

Nathan has over 15 years’ experience in the field of bioinformatics with expertise in genomics, transcriptomics, system biology, phylogenetics, bioinformatics training, Linux systems administration, pipeline development, high-performance and cloud computing. He has previously worked for CSIRO and the University of Adelaide.


Genomics Team
Prof David Lynn

Mark Van der Hoek
SAGC Senior Genomics Staff

With over 20 years’ experience in genomics in SA, Mark has held leading genomics roles within the University of Adelaide, SA Pathology and SAHMRI working with many platforms including from Illumina, Ion Torrent, Fluidigm, Nanopore and 10X Genomics. From establishing microarrays within the University of Adelaide in the early 2000’s to clinical and research next generation sequencing services at SA Pathology, and more recently as manager of SAHMRI Genomics, he has a track record of implementing services with a strong focus on quality and customer satisfaction. As a board member of the Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) for over 10 years, he has convened the society’s annual scientific meeting and is the current treasurer. He has worked with many of SA’s genomics groups and has experience in management, quality systems, analysis, troubleshooting and R&D.

Dr Renee Smith
SAGC Senior Genomics Staff | Quality Manager

Renee has 13 years of experience working with sequencing technologies including managing the Flinders Genomics Facility for the past 8 years which has processed many cancer related samples utilising Illumina sequencing and OpenArray platforms. She has extensive experience in microbiome studies, having undertaken microbial research on a diverse range of samples including groundwater, soil, marine, insects, ochre, and various human samples. 

Letitia Pimlott  Letitia Pimlott
SAGC Laboratory Staff

With experience in both industry biotechnology and research sectors, Letitia initially worked on protein production and later microRNA biomarkers in cancer. For the past 5 years she has worked at the Flinders Genomics Facility processing a range of samples including for RNASeq with a focus on small RNA libraries.
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Tim Rudd
Research Laboratory Staff

Timothy is a recent graduate from the University of Adelaide and has played a valuable role in the operation of the genomics services at SAHMRI since he began in 2019. He is experienced in library preparation, molecular biology techniques and the operation of the Illumina platforms.

Cara Fraser Dr Cara Fraser
Administration Officer

Cara’s research experience during her PhD and as a post-doctoral researcher focused around vaccines, tyrosine kinase inhibitors and immunotherapy, with a common theme on how therapies can work together for better outcomes. The next progression in Cara’s career was working with the team at SAHMRI PIRL as Preclinical Studies Manager. In this role Cara managed a diverse range of projects, most notably Huntington’s Disease (HD) studies which were international collaborations capitalising on the unique facilities at PIRL (large animal imaging side-by-side with surgical facilities) and a sheep model of HD based here in SA.


Bioinformatics Team
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Dr Nhi Hin

Nhi is a Bioinformatician and Transcriptomics expert that has a PhD in the investigation of Alzheimer’s Disease in Zebrafish models using RNA sequencing. She also has extensive experience with data visualisation.

Dr Ziad Al Bkhetan

Dr Ziad AI Bkhetan

Ziad completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne where he worked on optimising haplotype phasing for more accurate genetic investigations. His experience involves bioinformatics, machine learning, software engineering and GPU programming. Ziad has worked on several research problems, including haplotype phasing, genotype imputation, expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and the three-dimensional structure of the genome. He also worked in the industry as a software developer.

Dr Pei Qin Sabrina Ng

Dr Pei Qin (Sabrina) Ng

Pei Qin (Sabrina) holds a PhD in plant epigenetics, RNA biology and bioinformatics from University of Adelaide. She is a trained bioinformatician with both bioinformatics and wet lab experience, including next-generation sequencing library construction. Her PhD focused on deciphering the RNA code - RNA modifications, on plant growth and development and the evolution of enzymes that are responsible for the RNA modifications. Her expertise includes analysing RNA-based sequencing data such as RNA-seq, small RNA seq, tRNA-seq. She is also experienced in multi-omics integration analysis, phylogenetics analysis, and variant calling, and currently collaborating with Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics on long read sequencing data analysis.