Finding cures for children's genetic diseases

Genome Integrity Group

Our People

Tony-Cesare.png Anthony (Tony) Cesare, Group Leader/Lab Head
Tony was born and raised in the United States and earned his B.S. from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the laboratory of Jack Griffith.  He subsequently completed post-doctoral fellowships with Roger Reddel in the Cancer Research Unit at CMRI and with Jan Karlseder at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Tony returned to CMRI in June 2013 as the head of the Genome Integrity Group, a Cancer Institute NSW Future Research Leader and a conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. 
David Van Ly, Post-doctoral Trainee
David received his bachelor’s degree with honours in Medical Science from the University of Sydney. He then pursued research in the area of respiratory and infectious diseases with Brian Oliver and Judith L Black in the Respiratory Research Group at the Woolcock Institute/University of Sydney, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 2012. David has now joined the Genome Integrity Group at the CMRI to learn new research tools and further understand the basis of cancer development in which may underpin some of the key problems in respiratory diseases including lung cancer.
Sonja Frölich, Post-doctoral fellow
Sonja graduated with first class honours in Biotechnology at UTS in 2010. She then pursued her training as a PhD scholar in molecular parasitology, and worked in the iThree Institute (i3) with Prof. Michael Wallach on an ARC funded Linkage project grant with the veterinary pharmaceutical company ABIC (Israel) to characterize the mechanisms of gametocyte and oocyst development for interrupting parasitic disease, coccidiosis. Following her PhD studies in 2014, she was offered a junior academic position in the Climate Change Cluster (C3, UTS) to work with Prof. Peter Ralph and Ass/Prof. Stella Valenzuela on an ARC funded Linkage project grant with GE Health to establish protein expression platform in green algae Chlamydomonas. During this period, she also co-supervised undergraduate students, and has lectured to undergraduate and masters students in Parasitology, Microbiology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Bioreactors and Bioprocessing, and Microscopy and Flowcytometry. She is the recipient of a number of awards and travel grants, including Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Dean’s Academic Excellence Award (UTS) and Australian Technion Society Award. In March 2015, Sonja has joined the Genome Integrity Group at CMRI to develop workflows for automated microscope based High Content Screening and high content image analysis (cytomics) to further understand the basis of cancer development.
Ka Sin (Cassie) Mak, Post-doctoral fellow 
Ka obtained her PhD from the University of NSW. She joined Tony’s lab after 2 years working as Research Associate at UNSW, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences.
Pragathi Masemsetti, Ph.D. Student
Pragathi obtained her B.Sc from Osmania University and M.Sc from Periyar University (Salem, India) before working as a Research Assistant at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (USA) for five years. She was awarded an Australian Post-graduate Award through the University of Sydney and joined the Cesare lab as a Ph.D. student in 2014. 
Jessie Zhang, Research Assistant
Jessie obtained her B.Sc in 2014 from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours whilst under the supervision of Roger Reddel & Christine Napier. Jessie is currently working on molecular cloning and generating cell lines for the lab and our our collaborators to use for their research.

Ronnie Ren Jie Low, Honours Student
Ronnie studied for his Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Tasmania and has joined Tony's lab at the start of 2015 to continue his honours studies.