Ms Fiona Scorgie
(B.App.Sci (Medical & Applied Biotechnology), B.Biomed (Hons), Hospital Scientist, Haematology )

Research AreasDiagnostics / Screening, Genetics, Therapy and Treatment
Research TopicsLeukaemia/Lymphoma/Multiple Myeloma, Blood and bone marrow disorders, Stroke and cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Envenomation
Research TypesLaboratory Research

Ms Fiona Scorgie has been conducting laboratory based research under the guidance of Dr Lisa Lincz in the Hunter Haematology Research Group at Calvary Mater Newcastle since 2001. Her main areas of research include genetic screening of clinical patients for disease biomarkers, as well as preparing clinical samples for centralised tissue banking.  Ms Scorgie is also kept busy with collaborative projects in snake bite coagulopathy under the direction of Dr Geoff Isbister. Finally, the labour of love that has spanned her career is the measurement of telomere length for various studies, most of which involve collaboration with Dr Jennette Sakoff.

Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?

My first laboratory job was located here at the Mater where I was doing genetic screening for haemochromatosis.

What research projects are you currently working on?

Multiple! At the moment I am juggling mutation analysis for an acute promyelocytic leukaemia sub-study, sample preparation for a TIA study, cell culture for the diabetes study and then tissue banking for any new leukaemia patients that come in.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

Finding a new polymorphism in the TSER gene.  I needed to repeat the experiment a few times before feeling confident that all the reagents were working properly.  We published our findings in 2007, but around this time another paper came out with the same finding. I think that group just beat us!

What inspires you?

I just enjoy what I do, which is what keeps me coming in every day.

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

I was a university student who gift wrapped presents on the side to survive!

What has helped you the most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

My boss Dr Lisa Lincz, and the great work environment here in my department.

Who are your main collaborators at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

My projects usually involve collaborations with either Dr Geoff Isbister or Dr Jennette Sakoff.

What made you decide to do research?

I always liked the idea of being able to do something different each day at work.  Whether it be learning a new technique (or remembering how to do an old one), or participating in a new project with the goal of finding something that will make a difference.  I guess I like the challenge and diversity.

What was your first / worst / best / strangest / memorable /etc job in research?

Having to extract DNA from mouth wash samples.  This was the pits as people have all sorts of gross stuff in their mouth that always ended up in my samples.  I feel sick just thinking about it! 

What do you do to relax?

I ride my bike. I am also currently learning to play an instrument, which may not be relaxing or peaceful for my neighbours.


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