miCF Research Centre ® Team


Professor Adam Jaffe, Group Leader

Adam is a Respiratory Physician at Sydney Children's Hospital and Head of Paediatrics at the School of Women's and Children's Health, UNSW. He has many research interests, including developing new medications which may help reduce the destructive build-up of sputum in the airways of children with CF. More information can be found on Adam's academic profile page.


Dr John Widger, Head of Department, Respiratory Medicine, Sydney Children's Hospital

John is a Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Consultant and is the Director of Paediatric Respiratory medicine at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick. He is also a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales. John's research interests are in obstructive sleep apnoea, cystic fibrosis and asthma.


Dr Keith Ooi, Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Keith is a translational clinician investigator with research interests and expertise in gastroenterological conditions in cystic fibrosis, diagnostic dilemmas, non-classic manifestations of CF and childhood pancreatic diseases. He is Senior Lecturer within the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW. More information can be found on Keith's academic profile page.


Dr Shafagh Waters, Senior Research Associate

Shafagh is passionate about molecular research with clinically applicable outcomes. Her main research project has a strong translational focus and aims to discover small molecules and peptides that are effective in correcting the functional defects exhibited by CFTR mutation, while addressing the variability between individuals. More information can be found on Shafagh's academic profile page.

Dr Yvonne Belessis, Director of Cystic Fibrosis services, Sydney Children's Hospital

Yvonne's main field of research is early airway infection and inflammation in children with cystic fibrosis, with a particular interest in biomarkers of early CF lung disease. More information can be found on Yvonne's academic profile page.


Other team members:  
  • Dr Penny Field, Respiratory Physician
  • Dr Sandra Chuang, Respiratory Physician
  • Dr Louisa Owens, Respiratory Physician
  • Dr Laura Fawcett, Respiratory Fellow
  • Amanda Thomsen, Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Tamarah Katz, Dietitian
  • Carolyn Shalhoub, Genetic Counsellor
  • Michael Doumit, Physiotherapist
  • Holly Murphy, Social worker
  • Meagan Lang, Clinical Psychologist
  • Jamie McBride, Respiratory Scientist
  • Leanne Plush, Respiratory Scientist
  • Rhonda Bell, Clinic Coordinator
  • Maria Lozano, Respiratory Secretary
  • Roxanne Strachan, Research coordinator
  • Dr Bernadette Prentice, PhD Candidate
  • Chris Hewson, PhD Candidate
  • Dr Michael Coffey, PhD Candidate
  • Nino Turgutoglu, Research Assistant
  • Dr Sharon Wong, Research Assistant
  • Dr Nikhil Awatade, Postdoctoral researcher
  • Associate Professor Charles Verge, Paediatric Endocrinologist and Head of Endocrinology, Sydney Children's Hospital
  • Dr Shihab Hameed, Paediatric Endocrinologist