Conjoint Associate Professor Lisa F Lincz
(PhD, GDipClinEpid, Senior Hospital Scientist, Haematology Unit
|Research Areas||Diagnostics / Screening, Genetics, Therapy and Treatment, Microparticles|
|Research Topics||Leukaemia/Lymphoma/Multiple Myeloma, Blood and bone marrow disorders, Stroke and cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Side Effects / Adverse Reactions / Poisoning, Envenomation|
|Research Types||Laboratory Research|
Dr Lisa Lincz has been conducting lab based research for the Hunter Haematology Research Group at Calvary Mater Newcastle since 1998. Her research interests combine a background in molecular biology with current knowledge of clinical haematology and a passion for discovering biomarkers of disease and response to treatment.
Although her main focus was cancer biology in the earlier years of her career, this has slowly shifted towards an underlying theme of thrombosis and coagulation, with an emphasis on the role of circulating microparticles. Dr Lincz also holds a senior conjoint appointment at the University of Newcastle. Dr Lincz is the Chairperson of the Calvary Mater Newcastle Research Committee.
More information about A/Prof Lincz's academic achievements may be found here:
Getting to know you
When did you start doing research?
My first research assistant job was in the late 80's when I was doing my BSc at McGill University, but I didn't start pursuing my own research interests until my honours degree in 1993.
What is your most significant contribution to research?
In collaboration with researchers at the John Hunter Diabetes clinic and the University of Newcastle, our recent work concerning the role of microparticles in diabetes has produced some very exciting findings that we hope will help explain some of the complications of the disease.
What research achievement are you most proud of?
Seeing my students succeed in their research projects, attain their degrees and ultimately go on to successful careers of their own makes me most proud.
What inspires you?
The belief that my work will someday make a difference.
What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?
I was a PhD student at the Cancer Research Unit at the University of Newcastle.
What did you do before you became a researcher?
I taught figure skating and worked as a pool lifeguard.
What made you decide to do research?
A year 6 science experiment.
What was your first/worst/best/strangest/memorable/etc job in research?
My most memorable job was in the early 1990's when I worked in a genetic profiling lab. We provided a paternity testing service and did a lot of work for immigration services and it was a real eye opener! The methods were so archaic compared to how it would be done today. We even did all the statistics manually using calculators and stats tables. It reminds me of how much things can change in a relatively short time.
What do you do to relax?
I run. It gives me time to unclutter my brain and helps me think more clearly.
What is the craziest thing you have ever had to do "in the name of research"?
When I was at uni I had a part time job in the anaesthesiology research laboratory, and I once had to chase a frog down a crowded corridor because I left him out of the cold room for too long and once he was warm he jumped off the bench and escaped from the lab!!