Professional Staff


Deborah Blackmore

As Institute Manager, Deborah manages a broad range of administrative processes that support the Institute, and its professional and academic staff to succeed. She is responsible for the operational health of the Institute, managing the financial, human resources, compliance and reporting, facilities, policies and processes, and planning. Deborah joined NICM Health Research Institute in 2022.


Natalie Connor

Ms Connor joined NICM Health Research Institute in 2015 as the Institute's Communications Strategy Manager. Her role is responsible for driving awareness of the Institute's research and activities amongst key external and internal audiences and managing the Institute's communication channels and platforms.


Dina Vadassery

Mr Vadassery is Laboratory Manager for NICM Health Research Institute’s commercial, preclinical and research laboratories. In addition to his day to day operations, Mr Vadassery is responsible for the preparation of validation and stability protocols, quotations and work schedules.

Suzannah Bourchier

Suzannah Bourchier

Ms Bourchier is NICM Health Research Institute's Clinical Trial Manager. She is provides clinical research support across various projects.


Gemma Deakin

Gemma Deakin joined NICM Health Research Institute in 2022 as the Research Management Officer. In this role she supports researchers across multiple areas of clinical focus and broad platform capabilities to pursue funding opportunities and manage research undertaken at the Institute.