Staff

FlowCore is run by four dedicated full-time staff with more than 40 years combined experience in flow cytometry. Services provided by our staff include operation of the sorters, provision of training and assistance for the analysers and consultation for researchers requiring help with experimental design.

Andrew Fryga - Manager

Andrew completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) at Queensland University of Technology in 1989. During the 90's he worked in pathology, haematology, immunology and blood banking laboratories in both Melbourne and London (where he was first exposed to flow cytometry). In 1996, whilst working in the blood bank at the Royal Children's Hospital, he joined the Bone Marrow Transplant Laboratory and spent five years phenotyping leukemia and lymphoma and enumerating stem cells by flow cytometry. He decided to pursue flow cytometry full time and moved to the core laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 2001. In 2005 he joined the Australian Stem Cell Centre as the manager of the flow cytometry facility, and now manages the expanded FlowCore facility under the auspices of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University

Kathryn Flanagan - Senior Research Officer

Kathryn completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science; majoring in biochemistry and micro-organisms at Deakin University, graduating with distinctions in 2004. She went on to work as an analytical chemist in a commercial laboratory; conducting product research and development, as well as quality control. At the beginning of 2008 she accepted a position as research assistant with FlowCore at Monash University.

Adam Dinsdale - Senior Research Officer

Adam completed a Bachelor of Arts/Science at the Australian National University in 2001 and moved to the University of Queensland take up a Bachelor of Science Honours (1st Class) in 2002.  Upon completion, he moved back to Canberra for a role at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in immunology; performing flow analysis.  In 2004 he returned to Brisbane for a position at The Queensland Brain Institute cell sorting facility, predominantly investigating neural stem cell populations.  In mid-2005 he left to pursue an MPhil in Ecological Genetics at the University of Queensland, publishing (among others) a seminal paper related to species groupings, consensus sequences and analyses.  Adam gained further experience in gene silencing at CSIRO in Brisbane, before moving into Melanoma research at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience in 2011.  Adam joined FlowCore in 2013 to begin the next chapter of his scientific career.

Keith Niven - Senior Research Officer

Keith completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Deakin University with honours in 2004. In 2005, he commenced a PhD at The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Deakin University studying mitochondrial division proteins in the slime mould Dictyostelium discoideum. Upon completion, he worked for a small start-up Biotech company Affinity BIO helping to develop the ReD3 screening system which allows the development of high affinity and highly selective single-chain antibodies in a matter of days. During the development of this platform Keith was introduced to Flow Cytometry and in 2017 took up a position with FlowCore as the next step in his scientific career.