Research Staff

Research Manager

Dr Lisa Sharwood

Lisa Sharwood

Dr Lisa Sharwood came to us from The George Institute for Global Health where she completed her doctoral project, an ARC Linkage funded study on the crash risk of commercial vehicle drivers related to medical conditions, in particular obstructive sleep apnoea, as well as issues such as remuneration and scheduling. During her time at The George Institute Lisa also worked on a child safety in cars project, as well as investigating government consultations sought for medical research. Prior to moving to Sydney, Lisa coordinated the Emergency Department research group for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, managing a range of staff from medical science research students, research assistants and fellows undertaking research projects. She made a significant contribution to the development of research governance training both within this group and the wider institute. Prior to  this at the Monash University Accident Research Centre Lisa worked on a variety of real world crash investigation projects while completing her Masters in Public Health. Her interest in injury prevention and health care outcomes research originally germinated from a clinical career as a Critical Care nurse; spent predominantly in the trauma services at The Alfred hospital, Melbourne, as well as several countries overseas, with some work additionally in developing countries. Lisa is also an adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University.


Data Manager Analyst VIC

Dr Masoumeh Sanagou


Dr Masoumeh Sanagou is a biostatistician at Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.  Prior to that Masoumeh was involved in collaborative research in medical and public health fields and has been responsible for the design, monitoring, and analysis of clinical trials, population based surveys and observational studies.  She taught Introductory Biostatistics and Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health.She has a particular interest in analyzing data and biostatistical consulting.


Research Officer NSW

Shelly Dhaliwal

Shelly Dhaliwal

Shelly started her career in Science (major Immunology and Pathology) and worked as a laboratory scientist before having a brief stint at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, as a Counsellor. She was then offered a 2-year management internship by the prestigious Australasian College of Health Service Management. As part of this, Shelly also completed her Master of Health Service Management (full scholarship). This transitioned Shelly’s career from purely sciences to managing high-profile portfolios for NSW Health, Standards Australia and the NSW Department of Housing.  Shelly is also an Associate Fellow of the College.

In 2012, as a divergence from her rapidly developing academic career, Shelly undertook a phenomenological experience with Native Indians in Central and South America. This life changing experience saw her return with renewed vigor for science and research, and she recently commenced her second Masters in Public Health, with focuses on Research Methodology, Quantitative Methods and Public Health Practice.


Clinical Research Coordinator VIC

Louise MacLellan

Photo Louise

Louise originates from Scotland where she graduated with a BSc (Honours), from the Psychology and Neuroscience department of the University of St Andrews. After spending several years traveling the world and working in London, Frankfurt and Athens, she migrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne. In 2014, Louise started working at Austin Health and in early 2015 she started working as a Research Coordinator within the Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS). She is currently working on projects investigating bladder management in people with spinal cord injury through the VSCS, and sleep apnoea in people with quadriplegia through the Institute of Breathing and Sleep (IBAS).