Our Team

Phillip Shepherd

Phillip Shepherd

Regional Manager

Phillip is a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist and holds a Master’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Auckland University of Technology. He has over 19 years’ experience in the clinical laboratory space and has special interest in the operationalisation of complex research and diagnostic support structures and clinical cancer genomics, he is primarily responsible for the overall operation the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank.

Cris Print

Cris Print

Chair Scientific Advisory Board

Cris graduated in Medicine in 1989 then completed PhD in the University of Auckland. After a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in Melbourne, Cris spent six years in Cambridge University, UK, where he was a Fellow of St Edmunds College. While there he co-founded a bioinformatics biotechnology company that became listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 2007. He leads a cross-disciplinary research team of clinicians, biologists and data scientists who use genomics bioinformatics to better understand human disease, especially cancer. Cris sits on the Board of Directors of the NZ Institute of Environmental Science and Research and is Vice President of the Auckland Branch of the Royal Society of NZ. He leads the Genomics Into Medicine Strategic Research Initiative in Auckland and Chairs the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank Scientific Advisory Board.

Peter Browett

Peter Browett

Clinical Director

Peter is a consultant haematologist at Auckland City Hospital and Professor of Pathology in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School, and after postgraduate training in clinical and laboratory haematology in Auckland, he was a Wellcome – HRC research fellow in the Department of Haematology, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London. Peter is involved in several co-operative group and investigator initiated studies in blood disorders and stem cell transplantation. He is co-director of the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Research Unit, with interests in blood cancer genomics, biomarkers in leukaemia, and the monitoring of measurable residual disease. Peter is Clinical director of the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank, and Grafton Clinical Genomics.

Prem Sharma

Prem Sharma

Tissue Bank Technician

Prem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Analytical methods in Chemistry and Biochemistry and has over 15 years of lab experience including Research and Development lab at Glaxo (UK) and diagnostics at Quest diagnostics (UK). Prem has a particular interest in tissue bank operations and quality. She is responsible for collections and daily operation at Matika Kiora – the Middlemore Tissue Bank site of the ARTB.

Alice Rykers
Alice Rykers

Tissue Bank Technician

Alice has a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Auckland University of Technology. She manages the tracking, timing and facilitation of collections for all collection pathways within the ARTB and is the database super-user where her skill is utilised by all sites across the ARTB. Alice has a special interest in rare diseases which complements her planning role well.

David Chen

David Chen

Tissue Bank Technician

David holds a Bachelor’s degree of Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Otago and is currently undertaking post-graduate study at the University of Auckland. He has special interest in cancer genomics and is primarily responsible for the Gynaecology Oncology collection and electronic consenting project within the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank.

India Wallace

India Wallace

Tissue Bank Technician

India has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science, with a focus on immunology. She has been working in the Clinical Environment since graduation and is responsible for the collection and processing of leukaemia samples. India has a particular interest in the development of the Paediatric Leukaemia collections within the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank.

Celestine Wong

Celestine Wong

Tissue Bank Technician

Celestine holds a masters in biomedical science from The University of Auckland and is a member of the ARTB technical team based at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. She is responsible for the daily operation of the ARTB-Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences laboratory in regards to stock, consumables, maintenance and ordering, and the development and implementation of standard operating procedures in conjunction with the ARTB manager. Celestine has a special interest in quality, compliance and laboratory practice.