Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub Biobank Team


Rhiannon Clarke

LBIH Biobank Manager

Theun Van Veen

Theun Van Veen

LBIH Scientific/ QC Manager

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Kelly Foody

LBIH Biobank Technician

Anthea Mutepfa

 LBIH Biobank Technician

Pat Gerard

 LBIH Biobank Technician

Carly Hardy

LBIH Finance Administrator

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Ian Welch

LBIH Biobank Data Manager

Matthew Traynor

LBIH Biobank Data Assistant


Mrs Rhiannon Clarke is the LBIH Biobank Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Biobank. This involves ensuring that all activities surrounding the procurement, storage, processing and issuing of biosamples are performed in strict accordance to the highest regulatory standards. She is also responsible for reviewing requests for material before they are submitted to the Biobank Review Panel, maintaining the LIMS system, managing the Biobank finances and enhancing the profile of the Biobank through presentations given to research groups within the University, the local hospitals and at national and international conferences.

Dr Theun Van Veen is the LBIH Biobank Scientific Manager. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the laboratory areas of the Biobank. This involves the Research, Development and Innovation aspects and quality control procedures relating to human biosamples and their downstream use. Furthermore, he is the point of contact for scientific enquiries and provides specific technical advice and guidance to researchers approaching the Biobank and following approval of their study.

Mrs Kelly Foody, Miss Anthea Mutepfa and Miss Pat Gerard are the LBIH Biobank Technicians. They are responsible for the handling and processing of theatre specimens and subsequent processing of material prior to storage.  The LBIH Biobank Technicians are also involved in cutting and staining sections from FFPE and frozen blocks of tissue and the construction of TMAs for the LBIH Biobank collection. Several of our technicians travel to different hospitals within the region, they are able to consent patients and collect specimens from theatre and bring them back to the LBIH Biobank.

Mr Ian Welch is the LBIH Biobank Data Manager and Mr Matthew Traynor is the LBIH Data Assistant. They are responsible for obtaining and recording patient information on the LBIH Biobank LIMS system and entering patient clinical data into the appropriate databases in the LBIH Biobank, making sure all data is pseudo-anonymised. The data team also obtains patient follow-up data from other sources, such as disease registries, and records this information on the LBIH Biobank LIMS system.

Mrs Carly Hardy is the LBIH Biobank Finance Administrator She is responsible for the day to day Finance transactions and is first point of contact for all finance and admin queries.