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eResearch Analysts

The University of Queensland

Dr David Green
ph: +61 7 3346 6635
email: david.green@uq.edu.au


David is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and HPC Manager at The University of Queensland’s Research Computing Centre. He has long been using computers to “figure stuff out” and enjoys working with researchers to help them do the same. He was an academic in the Applied Physics and Computer Systems departments at the University of Technology, Sydney for almost 15 years. He has worked in research computing support roles at UQ since 2007.
Dr Edan Scriven
email: e.scriven@uq.edu.au


Edan is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and software engineer at UQ’s Research Computing Centre. Edan’s expertise is in systems development and operations, with a focus on cloud-based and other virtualised environments.
Dr Marlies Hankel
ph: +61 7 3346 3996
mob: +61 4 0426 2445
email: m.hankel@uq.edu.au


Marlies is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and researcher. She has over ten years’ experience in high performance computing and cluster management. Her research interests include Quantum Dynamics and Computational Nanotechnology. Her main roles include looking after UQ’s HPC cluster users and QCIF’s partner share at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). If you are interested in obtaining computational time at the national compute facilities, please contact Marlies.
Dr Nick Hamilton
email: n.hamilton@imb.uq.edu.au


Nick is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and researcher at UQ’s institute for Molecular Bioscience. He works with biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and others to develop methodologies and tools in mathematical modelling, machine learning, automated classification, graph algorithms, data visualisation and clustering, image segmentation, quantification, feature extraction, and inference from bio-imaging.

Queensland University of Technology

Craig Windell
ph: +61 7 3138 6017
email: c.windell@qut.edu.au


Craig is the QCIF eResearch Analyst at QUT. Craig is an IT professional with many years of experience at QUT assisting and supporting researchers to understand and use IT systems. He has performed a number of IT roles from desktop support, system administrating and system design. He has worked within QUT’s Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, ITS and more recently in cloud computing development and operations for the Visualisation and eResearch Group.

Griffith University

Amanda Miotto
ph: +61 7 3735 4697
email: a.miotto@griffith.edu.au

Amanda is the QCIF eResearch Analyst at Griffith University. She has worked at Griffith as an eResearch Support Specialist for the past nine years, initially as a bioinformatician, then as a software developer and technical resource on various projects, and more recently as an analyst for groups such as Compounds Australia and Innovations in Health Technology. Griffith researchers are welcome to ask Amanda for help in areas such as Python and R coding, high performance computing, scientific workflows, solution design or general data science questions.


Jason Bell
ph: +61 7 4930 9229
mob: +61 4 0963 0897
email: j.bell@cqu.edu.au


Jason is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at CQU. He provides high performance computing support and technical advice to CQU researchers. Jason’s research interests include video collaboration/conferencing tools, nonlinear optimisation, evolutionary algorithms, high performance computing, distributed and parallel computing, and robotics.

James Cook University

Chantelle Pinnington
ph: +61 7 4781 3199
email: chantelle.pinnington@jcu.edu.au


Chantelle is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at JCU based within the JCU eResearch Centre. With a background and degree in environmental science, Chantelle is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems. She has held professional roles using her GIS and database management skills with the Queensland Government and North Queensland Bulk Ports. JCU researchers are welcome to ask Chantelle for help with GIS and QCIF services, such as high performance computing, data storage and data management.

University of Southern Queensland

Dr Francis Gacenga
ph: +61 7 4687 5640
mob: +61 4 7707 2707
email: Gacenga@usq.edu.au


Francis is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at USQ. He has 15 years’ experience in IT service management as a researcher and practitioner. His main role is to increase the uptake of QCIF IT services and infrastructure use. Francis has experience working in government agencies in IT service strategy, design, transition, operation and continual service improvement. He is dedicated to delivering eResearch services by helping researchers use HPC, collaboration tools and services, research project management, and research data management to enable data-driven collaborative research and foster an interdisciplinary research culture. Please contact Francis for HPC compute, parallel computing, virtualisation, video collaboration, research project management, data management and storage services.

QFAB team

Dr Dominique Gorse

Director, Data Scientist

Dr Anne Bernard

Head of Biostatistics

Kathy Dallest

Health Informatician

Dr Gareth Price

Head of Computational Biology

Valentine Murigneux


Dr Tiffanie Nelson

Research Community Engagement

Dr Igor Makunin

Senior Bioinformatician

Dr Farah Zahir


Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Ryan

Senior Biostatistician

Nick Rhodes

Database and Systems Administrator

Justin Scott


Thom Cuddihy

Bioinformatician, Software developer

Nicholas (Nicko) Matigian

Biostatistician and Bioinformatician

Michael Thang

Computational Biologist

Management and Governance

Management Team

QCIF is managed by an experienced team:

John Bancroft John Bancroft
Chief Executive Officer
Email: john.bancroft@qcif.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3365 7274
Mobile: +61 4 0795 8592
nigel ward Nigel Ward
Manager: eResearch
Email: nigel.ward@qcif.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3346 4216
Mobile: +61 4 1423 4040
Dr Dominique Gorse
Director: QFAB Bioinformatics
Email: d.gorse@qfab.org
Phone: +61 7 3346 2624
Mobile: +61 4 3165 6780
Stephen Bird Stephen Bird
Manager: Service Delivery, Operations and Infrastructure
Email: stephen.bird@qcif.edu.au
Mobile: +61 4 3835 5299
Troy Lockett Troy Lockett
Manager: Business Development & Communications
Email: troy.lockett@qcif.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3365 7534
Mobile: +61 4 0232 1906
 Mark Crowe Mark Crowe
Manager: Training
Email: mark.crowe@qcif.edu.au
Mobile: +61 4 3433 1588
Dr Jeff Christiansen Dr Jeff Christiansen
Program Manager: Associate Director Engagements and Operations—Australian BioCommons
Email: jeff.christiansen@qcif.edu.au
Mobile: +61 4 6874 0880
 Joy Byrne Joy Byrne
Business Manager
Email: business-manager@qcif.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3365 7570
shannon lindsay qcifweb Shannon Lindsay
Communications Consultant
Email: s.lindsay@uq.edu.au
Mobile: +61 4 2052 4392
 Cheryl King Photo Cheryl King
Executive Assistant
Email: cheryl.king@qcif.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 3365 7534
Fax: +61 7 3365 6136


 Board of Directors

davidgray thumb Mr David Gray
ChairmanAppointed as QCIF’s Chairman in 2008: A former Managing Director of Boeing Australia, David has held senior executive positions with GEC Heavy Engineering, Exicom and GEC Marconi. David holds, and has held, a number of board and advisory board positions, including CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority), Brisbane Airport, Collection House, Queensland Motorways and WaterSecure, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for his services to Australian aviation.
  Professor Joe Shapter
Director: The University of QueenslandJoe received his PhD in Reaction Dynamics from the University of Toronto in 1990. He subsequently held an NSERC Fellowship at The University of Western Ontario before moving to Australia in 1996 to take up a position at Flinders University. He took up his position at the University of Queensland in February 2018. Joe served as Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences for six-and-a-half years and headed the Flinders involvement in both the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and was SA Director for AMMRF. His major interests are in the area of novel nanomaterial production, nanometer scale of these materials and their applications in, for example, sensors or solar cells.
Professor Matt Bellgard
Director: The Queensland University of TechnologyMatt joined QUT in 2018 as its inaugural eResearch Director. Prior to this, he spent more than 12 years as Director of WA’s Centre for Comparative Genomics. He has also served as Director of iVEC@Murdoch, a facility that housed Australia’s second largest computer, and as Project Director of the Nectar National Research Cloud in Western Australia (2014–2015). He is currently co-leading development of digital infrastructure for funded collaborative research in adaptive platform trials that are of particular relevance for rapidly evaluating new therapies. This activity critically relies on quality health data linkage, patient engagement and reliable secure digital platforms that can operate across jurisdictions and health stakeholder business units. His scientific work has resulted in developments in the areas of pairwise sequence alignment and artificial intelligence, human genomics, bacterial bioinformatics, whole genome analysis and annotation for a range of species, as well as eResearch across a range of disciplines.
Professor Andrew Smith
Director: Griffith UniversityAndrew is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Science), Griffith University, and was appointed in November 2016 having served as Dean of Applied Sciences at RMIT University since 2010 and in the recent interim as Deputy Dean Research & Innovation in the School of Science. He also serves on the executive of the Australian Council of Deans of Science. He graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey, U.K., in 1985 and completed his PhD at Southampton University in 1989. He joined the University of Sussex as a research fellow before being appointed to the faculty as a lecturer in 1993 and becoming Professor in 2002. He went on to serve successively at Sussex, as Director of Graduate Studies for Life Sciences, Head of Chemistry, and Head of the first joint Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, before joining RMIT.
andrew-krockenberger-web Professor Andrew Krockenberger
Director: James Cook UniversityAndrew is Dean of Research at James Cook University, with responsibilities in development of JCU’s research environment, excellence and relevance. He has particular responsibility for strategic direction and operational performance of core research infrastructure. He graduated with a PhD in Zoology from University of Sydney in 1994, receiving an Eleanor Sophia Wood Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and has worked in research and teaching at UNSW, University of Washington and JCU, with extensive experience in ecophysiology in laboratory and field. Appointed Dean of Research at JCU in 2013, he has been strongly involved in development of JCU’s analytical and experimental facilities and field stations, particularly the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, completed in 2014. Prof. Krockenberger is a Director of QCIF and serves on the Advisory Board for the Terrestrial Environmental Research Network (TERN).
Professor John Bell
Director: The University of Southern QueenslandJohn is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Southern Queensland. His responsibilities include the implementation of the USQ Research Plan, managing research programs, partnerships and investments, driving research performance and supporting research staff and students to achieve excellence. John joined USQ in August 2019 following 25 years at QUT as Head of the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering (2012–2019), and as Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering (2001–2011). John has a long history of association with Cooperative Research Centres, having been a program leader in both the Australian CRC for Renewable Energy (1996–2001), and in the CRC for Construction Innovation (2002–2004), and a Director of the CRC for Railway Innovation (2008–2010) and the CRC for Integrated Engineering Asset Management (2012–2013). His research career covers nanotechnology and new materials development, materials for energy efficiency, conversion and storage.
roy pidgeon Mr Roy Pidgeon
Director: CQUniversityRoy is Chief Information and Digital Officer at CQUniversity. His responsibilities include delivering real business and technical solutions for the whole of the University’s activities in learning, teaching, research and corporate functions. He focuses on establishing innovation culture through effective partnerships with stakeholders and improving customer engagement, service delivery, governance and management of technology applications and solutions. Roy first joined CQUniversity in 2008 as Associate Director of Infrastructure Services and Support. Prior to that he was IT Director at Charles Darwin University from 2003–2008.