ISAC Council Candidate Statement – Kylie Price
I am honoured to stand for election to the ISAC Council. If elected, I will apply my experience as an Australasian Cytometry Society (ACS) Councillor and President, and as a member of the ISAC SRL Emerging Leaders Committee and Live Education Task Force, to increase ISAC’s influence within growing cytometry communities such as Asia, provide much-needed development opportunities for cytometry specialists, build on the excellent educational platforms ISAC provides, and advance ISAC’s fiscal goals. In particular, I would work with other Council members and the executive director to:
- Further strengthen ISAC’s Shared Research Laboratories (SRL) program
One third of ISAC members work in SRLs. I would work with the SRL Emerging Leaders Committee and the SRL Services Committee to explore the feasibility of two program additions.
Create additional networking and educational opportunities for SRL staff. For many SRL staff, it is not logistically or financially possible to attend CYTO meetings in distant locations. A “traveling Roadshow,” analogous to our successful ACS model, could be used to support ongoing SRL education. Under this model an ISAC SRL expert would be paid to travel to selected cities to present full one-day workshops on relevant best practices to local SRL staff. These would be a valuable supplement to CYTO U offerings and, with appropriate support from a regional society, should have a minimal financial impact on ISAC.
Create an ISAC SRL Sabbatical Program, available to those candidates who are, for one reason or another, isolated from the ISAC community. The skills and experience gained by working in a larger organisation with more varied and advanced technology platforms and more experienced SRL staff can be invaluable for managing and projecting the future growth of your own core facility. Having organised by own cytometry sabbatical in Spain in 2014, I would use my experience to propose a pilot model to be assessed by ISAC council for cost and feasibility.
- Increase ISAC's global reach
Cytometry is an increasingly global enterprise, with new applications and innovations coming from many regions outside the U.S. and Europe. ISAC must find ways to connect to these growing cytometry communities and to help them connect to each other. CYTOAsia 2017 provided a model for doing this that was both scientifically and fiscally successful, and I believe the Society should pursue this model in other regions of the world as well.
- Increase ISAC's scientific presence
Promoting ISAC and cytometry to other branches of science is important to grow understanding and membership outside our immediate technology and/or biomedical based spheres. Support for interactions between ISAC and other scientific societies (for example, the International Union of Microbiological Societies or the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions) could include enabling ISAC Scholars or SRL Emerging Leaders to present and represent ISAC at their conferences, increasing the potential for new cytometric innovations and applications.
- Expand availability of online and live cytometry education
Finding efficient ways for members around the world to readily exchange knowledge and expertise is essential to the growth of individual cytometrists and to the growth of cytometry as a field.I strongly support CYTO U and believe ISAC should continue to grow high-quality, web-based educational content available to all members. I also am passionate about the vision and goals of the Live Education Task Force, to bring experts in the field of cytometry to the people in the world who need them most. The “traveling Roadshow” one-day workshop model may also prove a useful addition to ISAC offerings for its members, especially those in geographically or scientifically isolated areas.
My qualifications for ISAC Councillor representing members who work in SRLs include:
- 4 years on Australasian Cytometry Society (ACS) Council
- President (2015-2016)
- Facilitated Polychromatic Roadshow (2016) and Clinical Roadshow (2017)
- Instigator and organizer for CYTOAsia meeting in Singapore (2017)
- 13 years as active ISAC member
- 5 years as CYTO program committee member (CYTO 2013, CYTO 2014, CYTO 2015, CYTO 2017, CYTO 2018)
- 2 years on SRL Emerging Leaders Committee
- 2 years as ACS representative on Affiliated Societies Committee
- Extensive experience preparing meetings, programs and budgets, including NZFCG Wellington 2009 & ACS Wellington 2013, ACS Perth 2015 & Sydney in 2016, and CYTOAsia 2017
- Extensive experience in flow cytometry education and training
- 13 years facilitating use of flow cytometry by scientists from non-immunological backgrounds (criminologists, veterinarians, fertility specialists, neurologists, geologists and aquaculturalists) to achieve their research goals
- 13 years developing and presenting flow cytometry training courses within the Malaghan Institute and at other research institutions around New Zealand
- 3 years developing and teaching lecture series and wet-labs for4th Year Masters of Clinical Immunology students at Victoria University of Wellington
- 3 years presenting tutorials at CYTO conferences (2012, 2013, 2014)
- 4 years as faculty member for ISAC-sponsored pre-CYTO wet-lab workshops (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
- 4 years as faculty member for ISAC Live Education Task Force workshops in San Diego 2013, Florida 2014, Bangkok 2015, Singapore 2017.
- Co-author (along with Paul Wallace and Kathy Muirhead) of the Proliferation course offered by CYTO University
As Head of Research Technology at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) I have been working in cytometry for 13 years and have been responsible for driving the creation of a state-of-the-art cytometry facility at New Zealand’s leading independent biomedical institute. Managing a shared resource laboratory with three staff, I provide more than 70 MIMR research scientists with expertise and access to cytometry instrumentation to advance their research goals.
I have been credited with pioneering the use of multicolour flow cytometry in New Zealand and, through collaboration, have developed innovative cytometry solutions to address researcher needs, including cell preparation, cell analysis, panel design, data interpretation and presentation and the first 41-channel spectral cytometer in the Southern Hemisphere. Several of these collaborations resulted in co-authorship on research publications in PNAS, PLoS ONE, and Current Protocols in Cytometry.
In 2014, I arranged a cytometry sabbatical at three different institutions in Spain, securing my own funding and job positions. The aim was both to gain a broader range of cytometry experience for myself and thus MIMR, as well as to train cytometry users in Spain from a wide range of scientific backgrounds, about the power, advancements and flexibility of flow cytometry.This experience also provided me with a vision and roadmap for how to grow our SRL in the future.
Prior to joining MIMR, I earned a B.Sc. In biochemistry at the University of Otago and an M.Sc. (Hons) in biochemistry and molecular genetics at the Victoria University of Wellington.