Will Siero is the project manager for the Gen V initiative at the Melbourne Children's Campus where he has been working for 7 years at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Will's studies involve developing expertise in collaboration, communication, process and project management, strategy and developing an understanding of a large range of scientific disciplines including genetics, bioinformatics, statistics, epidemiology, proteomics, metabolomics, human biology, physiology and product development.
Initially working on smaller collaborative projects in the areas of autoimmunity and child health, Will has worked across a number of large collaborative projects (multiple organisations and greater than 100 members). These include the International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C) with 22 studies across 15 countries and 380,000 mother child pairs; and the RV3 Vaccine clinical trial program with clinical trials in both New Zealand and Indonesia. Will sits on a number of institutional committees on the development of collaborative infrastructure, including LifeCourse and the Melbourne Children's Bioresource Centre initiatives.
- 2010: Amgen Australia Prize for Excellence in Biotechnology Research, Amgen Australia
The way that science and health operate has changed. Gone are the days where science is the endeavour of individuals. Initially this involved small teams of scientists form the same disciplines and overtime evolved into teams of scientists from multiple disciplines.
More recently, the complexity of problems we face and the need to translate solutions into practice has meant the formation of large cross disciplinary, cross sector and cross institutional collaborations. Such collaborations have great potential but also present new challenges. Through the facilitation and management of large projects Will has become interested, and developed capacity, in how to make these collaborations function successfully to achieve their goals.
- Gen V
- Melbourne Children's Bioresource Centre
Pezic A, Ponsonby AL, Cameron FJ, Rodda C, Ellis JA, Halliday J, Siero W, Lucas RM, Dwyer T. Constitutive andrelative facultative skin pigmentation among Victorian children includingcomparison of two visual skin charts for determining constitutive melanindensity. Photochem Photobiol. 2013 May-Jun;89(3):714-23
Safavi-Hemami H, Siero WA, Gorasia DG, Young ND, Macmillan D, Williamson NA, Purcell AW. Specialisationof the venom gland proteome in predatory cone snails reveals functionaldiversification of the conotoxin biosynthetic pathway. J Proteome Res. 2011 Sep 2;10(9):3904-19
Safavi-Hemami H , Siero WA, Kuang Z, Williamson NA, Karas JA, Page LR, MacMillan D, Callaghan B, Kompella SN, Adams DJ, Norton RS, Purcell AW. Embryonic toxinexpression in the cone snail Conus victoriae: primed to kill or divergentfunction? J Biol Chem. 2011 Jun 24;286(25):22546-57
- The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation