Our team

Professor Michelle McIntosh - Director

Professor Michelle McIntosh


Michelle has 20 years experience as a pharmaceutical scientist specialising in drug delivery system innovations; analytical chromatography techniques; pharmaceutical product commercialisation; characterisation and development of prodrug technologies; cyclodextrin-enabled formulations for poorly water soluble compounds; subcutaneous delivery of monoclonal antibodies and development of dry powder inhaled delivery systems.

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Dr Philip Wright - Laboratory Manager 

Dr Philip Wright

Laboratory Manager

Phil has 25 years analytical chemistry experience gathered in the biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors. He is expert in chromatography and mass spectroscopy systems and has developed and validated numerous HPLC and HPLC-MS methods during his career. Phil has previous experience in establishing and managing GLP analytical facilities and has also managed projects focusing on scale-up and GMP manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients.


Dr Julia Morizzi - Senior Research Officer 

Dr Julia Morizzi

Senior Research Officer

Julia has been employed at MIPS for a number of years and has over 10 years’ experience in the early drug discovery area. Her major focus had been LCMS analyses of small drug candidates to determine their pharmacokinetic and metabolic properties. She has also been involved in establishing quality management systems for ISO certification. focusing on scale-up and GMP manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Dr Claire McEvoy - Research Officer 

Dr Claire McEvoy

Research Officer

Claire joined Monash University in 2006. Her PhD in Biopharmaceutics evaluated the solubilisation properties and pharmacokinetics of poorly water soluble drugs after oral administration in lipidbased drug delivery systems. Claire has previously worked on stability and bioanalysis of oxytocin and has since focused on LCMS bioanalysis of small molecule compounds.

Joseph Pelle - Laboratory Technician and Training Specialist 

Joseph Pelle

Laboratory Technician and Training Specialist

Joseph has worked in an analytical teaching laboratory and as a senior instrumental technical officer in the university sector for 17 years. Joseph has a background in analytical chemistry and is experienced in using a range of analytical instruments for food and chemical analysis. Joseph provides training to higher degree research students on GC, GCMS, HPLC, LCMS, FTIR, Fluorescence, AAS and ICP instruments. He has a strong background in method development and trouble-shooting and is highly experienced in repairing and performing maintenance checks on scientific instruments.

Dr David Rudd 

Dr David Rudd

MALDI Specialist

David has over 10 years experience in analytical chemistry, including over 8 years specialising in mass spectrometry imaging using MALDI-TOF. Additionally, he has experience in complimentary and validation techniques including HPLC-MS, GC-MS, derivatision and rapid MS methods. David also specialises in the development of imaging techniques for low molecular weight species using nanofabricated substrates, enabling spatial ADME studies. Having acted as support for a number of platforms, David has broad experience in a large range of MALDI methods and actively does method development.


Nicole McMillan - Business Operations Coordinator 

Nicole McMillan

Business Operations Coordinator

Nicole has worked in both the private and University sectors providing administrative and project support for over 25 years. Prior to joining HMSTrust Laboratory at Monash University in November 2014, she spent 10 years at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne in a number of roles including Centre Manager, for the Centre for Health and Society, and as a Project Officer for the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Tobacco Control.