Serology Workshop: Meet the Speakers

Serology Workshop: Meet the Speakers

Here you will find biographies for some of the amazing speakers
at this year’s Serology Workshop.


Image of Tony Field - Serology 2017 workshopTony Field, B.AppSc, MASM

Operations Manager – Clayton Laboratory, Australian Clinical Labs

Tony commenced his career as a Biochemist at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre (QVMC) in 1980. He transitioned into Microbiology in 1982 due to interest, where he remained as a Microbiologist until QVMC’s closure, and its subsequent relocation to the Monash Medical Centre Clayton in 1987. In 1993, Tony moved to Dorevitch Pathology where he remained as a Serologist for 7 years.

In 2000, he transitioned to what was then Gribbles Pathology /Healthscope Pathology. Interests in Molecular Biology and Laboratory Automation led him to become the Department Head of Healthscope Molecular In 2006. Recent acquisition of Healthscope Pathology by Crescent Capital and rebranding to Australian Clinical Labs has seen Tony adopt an Operations Manager role of Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Serology, Immunology and Cytology.


Suellen Nicholson

Senior Medical Scientist – Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory

Suellen Nicholson is a Senior Medical Scientist heading the Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory, within the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory at The Doherty Institute. The laboratory includes the State HIV Reference laboratory, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Reference Laboratory for Measles/Rubella and is part of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis. Suellen has over thirty years’ experience working in serology laboratories focussed on testing and result interpretation for over 40 viruses, bacteria and parasites.

In addition to diagnostic and reference work, Suellen is actively involved in local, national and global public health programs. She has led a number of research projects and is currently a member of The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia Advisory Committee.


Image of Sue Alderson - Serology 2017 workshopSue Alderson

Senior Hospital Scientist – The Institute for Clinical Pathology & Medical Research

Sue is a graduate of Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga) with a Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathology). Sue’s early career was highly focused on Serology testing. During her time working in the Serology department of South Western Area Pathology Service (Liverpool Hospital 1990-2000) she was given the opportunity to help in the Virology department during peak periods. This started her interest in Virology, and in 2000 she moved to the Clinical Virology section of Pathology West-ICPMR.

As a Senior Hospital Scientist, Sue supervises the chlamydia testing section. She is responsible for the diagnosis of viruses by electron microscopy and the testing of specimens for Influenza Surveillance. Pathology West-ICPMR is one of two State Reference laboratories for Influenza and is a National Reference Laboratory for WHO. Influenza Surveillance data is submitted to state, national and international levels.

Sue has been a member of the RCPA Scientific Advisory Committee for Chlamydial Serology since 2003.


Image of Robert Gibb - Serology 2017 workshopRobert Gibb, M.AppSc (MLS), B.AppSc (MLS), MASM

Supervising Scientist – Pathology Queensland Central Laboratory, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital

Bob’s extensive experience in Serology and Immunology laboratories has seen many changes in methodology and technology over the past 40 years, negotiated changes in our scope of testing and seen the introduction of new work-flows with the development of robotics and automation.

As the Supervising Scientist in the Hospital’s Serology Laboratory, Bob overseas the majority of serology testing for hospitals in South East Queensland, and the Laboratory also acts as the tertiary referral laboratory for all Queensland Public Hospitals, as well as private and interstate laboratories.

Bob has presented at ASM, AIMS and NRL conferences and is the author/co-author on several papers and articles in scientific journals. He  is a member of Australian Society for Microbiology and the RCPAQAP Scientific Advisory Network, a current NATA Assessor and involved in gaining GMP licensing with TGA and ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for the laboratory.