DR. PETER WATSON is the director of the Biobanking & Biospecimen Research Services (BBRS) and its biobank the Tumour Tissue Repository at BC Cancer, an agency of the Provincial Health Authority (PHSA) in British Columbia. He also holds appointments as Senior Scientist at the BC Cancer Research Centre, and Professor of Pathology at the University of British Columbia, and is an adjunct Professor at the Univerisity of Victoria. 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 focuses on biomarkers of breast tumour progression and response to therapies. This work has included the discovery, validation, elucidation of the mechanism of action, and exploration of the therapeutic potential of the S100A7 gene in breast cancer. This research has led to publication of over 175 scientific research papers. His biobanking roles include serving as the principal investigator of the Canadian Tissue Repository Network (CTRNet) and the director of the University of British Columbia- Department of Pathology Office of Biobank Education and Research (UBC OBER).
SHEILA O'DONOGHUE is the Biobank Leader of the BBRS and the Tumour Tissue Repository at BC Cancer 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 past Chair of the ISBER Education and Training Committee.
SIMON DEE leads the application platform and services development for BC Cancer's next-generation Biobanking platform. He has experience in building technically challenging web-based applications and services. He has implemented the BBRS and TTR (Tumour Tissue Repository) Information Systems Architecture and has also provided a cutting edge solution to support the BC Cancer 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.
LISE MATZKE is the Leader of the UBC Office of Biobank Education and Research (OBER) and a project manager with the BBRS. Lise has spent the past 15 years deeply involved in both the technical and operational levels of biobanking. Translating her knowledge to help others, Lise has focused the past four years on helping research groups/institutions establish and operate new biobanks as well as work with OBER to develop novel tools for researchers to use in their everyday operations. Lise teaches undergraduate and graduate students how to operationalize biospecimen research at UBC in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
SINDY BABINSZKY is the lead biospecimen technician in the BBRS and Tumour Tissue Repository Program at BC Cancer, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in British Columbia. 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 UBC OBER projects.
JODI LEBLANC is the Consent Nurse for the BBRS and Tumour Tissue Repository at BC Cancer, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in British Columbia. She has ample experience in patient care and worked as an oncology and emergency nurse in Canada and the US. She is the principal liaison between the clinical, research and the biobanking communities, and is involved in all aspects of participant involvement in biobanking.
BRENT GALI is the BBRS and Tumor Tissue Repository Project Manager at BC Cancer. He has over five years of experience working with numerous labs and research groups in Manitoba and British Columbia. He is responsible for the daily operations of the TTR, as they relate to both retrospective and prospective biospecimen collections. His primary role is to work closely with researchers interested in prospective studies by determining what their research interests are, and how the TTR can best partner with them to obtain the biospecimens they need.
KARLENE CARVALHO joined the team as a Research Assistant for the BBRS and the Tumor Tissue Repository after graduating from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in Biology in 2017. She is involved in various aspects of the biobanking process, including consenting patients, accrual and processing of biospecimens, laboratory maintenance, and daily TTR operations.
ULADZIMIR PARKALAU joined the team from Belarus to work as a Computer & Systems Support Technician\IT Developer and is responsible for assisting the team with IT related biobank projects. He has spent over four years working in the web development area and about three years in the healthcare sector. He was working on different projects to find and implement solutions for a variety of tasks. Besides his educations in Applied Computer Science with specialization in Network, System and Software Development.
VICTORIA HARTMAN has been working as a Research Assistant for the BBRS and Tumour Tissue Repository at BC Cancer since graduating from the University of Victoria with a BSc in combined Biology and Psychology in 2015. She works in various aspects of the biobanking process, and daily operations. She has also worked on the BC Cancer’s Permission to Contact project PREDICT, and has previously worked as a co-op student for the Emergency and Health Services Commission and Agriculture and Agri-Food
TANIA CASTILLO-PELAYO worked as Research Assistant for the BBRS and the Tumour Tissue Repository at BC Cancer from 2012-2017. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in Microbiology and worked in plant research prior to biobanking. She is currently doing a Masters in Architecture, and helps the BBRS and TTR with graphic and website design.