As Head of Research Technology at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) Kylie has worked in cytometry for 14 years and has been responsible for driving the creation of a state-of-the-art cytometry facility at New Zealand’s leading independent biomedical institute, which includes flow and spectral cytometry, microscopy and immunohistochemistry. Managing a shared resource laboratory with three staff, she provides more than 70 MIMR research scientists with expertise and access to cytometry instrumentation to advance their research goals.
Kylie has been credited with pioneering the use of multicolour flow cytometry and spectral cytometry within New Zealand and enjoys using cytometry for as wide a range of research applications as possible. She has analysed and sorted: side-population cells from primary human brain tissue, bacteria from Antarctic sea-ice, bovine sperm and algal spores, to name a few. She is a member of ISAC’s Live Education Task Force, Associated Societies, SRL Emerging Leader Task Force and the Proliferation Content Author Group for CYTO U, she is a Past President of the Australasian Cytometry Society (2015-2016), she played a crucial role instigating and facilitating CYTOAsia Singapore 2016 and is actively involved in planning CYTOAsia Shanghai 2019.
Through collaboration, she has developed innovative cytometry solutions to address researcher needs, including cell preparation, cell analysis, panel design, data interpretation and presentation. In 2012, Kylie arranged a “technology transfer sabbatical” in Spain, spending time in some of the most advanced flow cytometry facilities in Spain and Europe. The aim was both to gain a broader range of cytometry experience, 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 her with a vision and roadmap for how to grow the cytometry core facility at MIMR in the future.