Team Members

Sheila O'Donoghue

Biobank Leader BCCA TTR and Project Manager - Biobank Education and Certification


Sheila O'Donoghue is the Biobank Leader of the Tumour Tissue Repository at BC Cancer and the OBER Project Manager responsible for the biobank certification and education programs. Prior to working with OBER, she was the project manager for the BC BioLibrary and spent fifteen plus years managing national and local clinical trials. She is the past Chair of the ISBER Education and Training Committee.

Lise Matzke

Leader, OBER


Lise Matzke is a Leader for OBER. She has participated in technical, research and administrative aspects of tissue biobanking. Lise has spent the past 12 years in human biological research with the past nine directly involved in biobanking and translational research. Lise is an active member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Education and Training Committee.

Tania Castillo

BCCA TTR Research Assistant


Tania worked as Research Assistant for the BBRS and the Tumour Tissue Repository at BC Cancer from 2012-2017. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in Microbiology and worked in plant research prior to biobanking. She is currently doing a M.Arch. and helps the BBRS and TTR with graphic and website design.

Simon Dee

IT Project Manager


Simon Dee leads the application platform and services development for BC Cancer's next-generation Bio-banking platform. He has experience in building technically challenging web-based applications and services. He has implemented the TTR (Tumour Tissue Repository) Information Systems Architecture and has also provided a cutting edge solution to support the BC Cancer TTR Database Repository initiative of storing patient clinical data, pathologist annotations, outcomes, and specimen inventories for cancer research. This solution will be ground breaking in supporting and directing new research initiatives as well as allow the exploration of data mining not possible in the past.

Nicolas Luc

ATiM Project Leader


Nicolas Luc joined (CTRNet) in 2007. As the ATiM Project Leader he identifies, analyzes, prioritizes and controls new requirements and change requests for ATiM based on the business needs and the comments of network biobank experts. He is also in charge of ongoing functional analysis and consolidating and communicating information to the developers.

In addition, Nicolas works actively with network biobanks as an ATiM software consultant. He analyses the gaps between the ATiM core version and specific biobank requirements, designs custom solutions, customizes the ATiM source code, deploys the customized versions and offers training and support to bank users.

Nicolas has also worked for 6 years on software development both for biomedical research and clinical research. Nicolas holds a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics.

Uladzimir Parkalau

IT Developer


Vlad joined the team from Belarus to work as a Computer & Systems Support Technician\IT Developer and is responsible for assisting the team with IT related biobank projects.

He has spent over four years working in the WEB development area and about three years in the healthcare sector. He was working on different projects to find and implement solutions for a variety of tasks. Besides his educations in Applied Computer Science with specialization in Network, System and Software Development.

Rebecca Barnes

CTRNet Program Leader


Rebecca Barnes is the Program Leader for the Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet). She is responsible for helping the Executive and Management Committees with strategic planning and for overseeing some of CTRNet's current initiatives. Rebecca has a long-standing history with CTRNet, having been part of several task forces to help develop its tools and programs such as the Standard Operating Procedures and the Biobank Certification Program. She has worked in cancer research and biobanking for nearly 10 years, including positions managing biobanking programs in BC. In addition to her CTRNet role, in the past year Rebecca has taken on a new role to establish a "Permission to Contact for research" program for a regional health authority. The common thread for her various roles has been enhancement of health research capacity, through sustainable and standardized systems and processes. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) and a Master's degree (Environmental Toxicology/Carcinogenesis).

Manon de Ladurantaye

Research Assistant


Manon de Ladurantaye is a research assistant in Dr Mes-Masson’s laboratory at the Montreal Cancer Institute and the University of Montreal Research Center (CRCHUM). She performs quality control for CTRNet member banks and large scale projects such as the Terry Fox Research Institute pan Canadian COEUR Initiative. She oversees reception, shipment, storage, inventory, coordination and communication of results with other centers to help them improve the quality of banked samples. She is also the CTRNet French Certification Coordinator. In the Biobank Certification Program, she provides information, support and adjudicates the registration and certification of French language biobanks.

Tamsin Tarling

Project Manager, OBER


Tamsin Tarling is a Project Manager for OBER and has worked in the field of biobanking for 7 years. Tamsin has extensive experience establishing biobanks, both disease specific biobanks and campus wide hospital biobanks. Tamsin’s experience encompasses all aspects of biobanking including the consent of patients, specimen collection, management of SOPs and ensuring good governance over the collection, storage and distribution of specimens. Tamsin is a member of the ISBER Education and Training Committee.

Sindy Babinszky


Sindy Babinszky is the lead biospecimen technician in the Tumour Tissue Repository Program at BC Cancer, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in British Columbia. She has over ten years of laboratory experience in both plant and animal tissue culture and has been participating in the biobanking of human cancers for 10 years. Her position encompasses all aspects of biobanking from biospecimen accrual and laboratory maintenance to access and distribution of biospecimens to the translational research community. Her expertise in hands-on biobanking informs her many contributions to OBER projects.

Jodi Leblanc

Consent Nurse


Jodi is the Consent Nurse for the BBRS and Tumour Tissue Repository at BC Cancer, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in British Columbia. She has ample experience in patient care and worked as an oncology and emergency nurse in Canada and the US. She is the principal liaison between the clinical, research and the biobanking communities, and is involved in all aspects of participant involvement in biobanking.

Karlene Carvalho

Research Assistant


Karlene joined the team as a Research Assistant for the BBRS and the Tumor Tissue Repository after graduating from the University of Victoria with a B.Sc. in Biology in 2017. She is involved in various aspects of the biobanking process, including consenting patients, accrual and processing of biospecimens, laboratory maintenance, and daily TTR operations.

Brent Gali

Project Manager


Brent is the BBRS and Tumor Tissue Repository Project Manager at BC Cancer. He has over five years of experience working with numerous labs and research groups in Manitoba and British Columbia. He is responsible for the daily operations of the TTR, as they relate to both retrospective and prospective biospecimen collections. His primary role is to work closely with researchers interested in prospective studies by determining what their research interests are, and how the TTR can best partner with them to obtain the biospecimens they need.