Rebecca Velickovic

BSc, MForSc

Head of Biospecimen Bank

Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Science followed by a Master of Forensic Science in Perth at the University of Western Australia.

She then moved to Sydney and established a career in clinical research with over 14 years’ experience across the fields of genomics, molecular biology, immunogenetics, gene therapy, clinical trials, biobanking and translational research.

Her first job in Sydney, which involved matching organs from deceased donors to recipients, confirmed that a career in clinical science was for her. A research role on a paediatric cancer trial at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead then exposed her to the importance of clinical trials.

Rebecca joined the MIA Biobank in 2015. In her current role as Head of Biobank she leads a team who manage the largest collection of melanoma specimens in the world, donated by over 15,000 patients. Her team is responsible for the collection, transportation, processing and storage of blood, tissue and stool specimens for translational research projects and clinical trials.

Rebecca is passionate about facilitating high quality research and standardising procedures in the biobanking and clinical research fields.