The Team

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea (Executive Director)

Dr Evans-Galea is the inaugural Executive Director of IMNIS with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). She liaises with University and Industry leaders around Australia to coordinate and oversee the national roll-out of multiple IMNIS programs (MedTech-Pharma, Energy Resources and Minerals Resources). With a PhD in molecular biology and over 15 years of experience leading translational medical research programs at world-leading organisations in the United States and Australia, Dr Evans-Galea’s research and leadership has been internationally recognised with numerous awards. Dr Evans-Galea has chaired executive committees and served with advisory groups in state and federal governments. Strongly committed to empowering early-mid career researchers, she regularly mentors students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Dr Evans-Galea has developed graduate mentoring programs in the USA, was founding chair of the EMCR Forum with the Australian Academy of Science and currently leads the Australian Science and Innovation Forum with ATSE. An internationally recognised advocate for women in STEMM, she serves on the Science in Australia Gender Equity Expert Advisory Group and is co-founder of Women in STEMM Australia. Dr Evans-Galea has been recognised with an Australian Leadership Award and in 2017 was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

Dr Janet Yeo (MedTech-Pharma Program Coordinator)

Dr Yeo is the National Projects Manager with AusBiotech and the IMNIS MedTech-Pharma Program Coordinator. Dr Yeo graduated with her PhD in Medical Biology from the University of Melbourne where she also taught Masters of Engineering students as an Engineering Communications tutor and Skills Towards Employment Program demonstrator at the University. Dr Yeo worked for a year in research management at the University of Melbourne, supporting the delivery of the University’s Research Infrastructure Strategy objectives. A discussion about her future with a mentor sparked the decision to finally leave the comfort of the University after nearly a decade studying and working there. Dr Yeo is responsible for recruiting industry mentors in the life sciences nationally as well as the administration of Mentorloop for the IMNIS MedTech-Pharma program with ATSE.

Sarah Hayward (Administration Officer)

Sarah moved to Melbourne early this year and joined the ATSE team where she provides administrative assistance and procurement support across the ATSE office, and is the first contact for visitors and esteemed Fellows. Sarah has significant experience in the food service and sales industry, as well as experience as a clinical assistant and receptionist in a busy orthodontic centre. Sarah joined the IMNIS team in June 2017 on a part-time basis as Administration Officer. In this role she is responsible for providing administrative support to the IMNIS Executive Director. Sarah also assists with event organisation, online communications, and general enquiries about the IMNIS program. With strong communication and administrative skills, Sarah has the ability to problem-solve and adapt in high pressure situations. She is also a fast-learner and an excellent team player who demonstrates a high level of independence and initiative. Sarah enjoys working in the STEM sector and she understands the challenges and rewards related to a STEM career.