The Trans Health Research team gathered outside, all smiling at the camera

Our Team

The Trans Health Research team includes trans people, as well as steadfast allies.

 
Sav Zwickl, smiling. They are wearing glasses and a patterned shirt.

Sav Zwickl (they/them)

Researcher
MSexol

Sav is a Researcher in our Trans Health Research group at The University of Melbourne and also completing a PhD focused on non-binary gender identities and experiences at La Trobe University. They are one of the lead investigators of TRANSform; an Australian Longitudinal Gender Health Study. Sav is also an engaging communicator, speaking with media to share their research and also delivering gender education.

Ada Cheung, smiling. She has short dark hair, and is wearing dark clothing.

A/Prof Ada Cheung (she/her)

Lead, Trans Health Research
MBBS(Hons) FRACP PhD DipBus(Gov)

Ada is an Endocrinologist at Austin Health and a NHMRC & Dame Kate Campbell Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. Driven by community need and working with the trans community, she established the Trans Health Research group and is an unwavering ally. She has won a number of national and international awards for research excellence and outstanding community leadership, and is committed to training MD & PhD students and trans researchers.

Alex Wong, smiling. He is wearing glasses and a pale blue shirt.

Alex Wong (he/him)

Researcher
BBioMed (Unimelb)

Alex wears multiple hats as a MD student, researcher, speaker and a proud LGBT community member. He is passionate about improving trans health and engaging with community. Alex is one of the lead investigators of TRANSform; an Australian Longitudinal Gender Health Study. Originally from Singapore, he has chosen Melbourne to be his home.

Lucas Foster Skewis, smiling. He has curly dark hair, and is wearing a jumper.

Lucas Foster Skewis (he/they)

Researcher
BBiomedSc student

Lucas is a biomedical science student and after completing his research placement, has continued to work as an honorary researcher. He is also a community member and keen to improve trans health, understanding, treatment and research.

Ingrid Bretherton, smiling. She has long brown hair.

Dr Ingrid Bretherton (she/her)

Researcher and Endocrinologist
MBBS FRACP PhD

Ingrid is an endocrinologist and recently obtained her PhD studying the impact of gender-affirming hormone therapy on bone microarchitecture. Joining Trans Health Research group in 2017, she has been instrumental in growing research in trans health. Ingrid is also a clinician at Austin Gender Clinic, Western Health and in private practice.  She is passionate about health professional education in trans health, publishing additional research in this area.

Brendan Nolan, smiling. He is wearing glasses and dark clothing.

Dr Brendan Nolan (he/him)

PhD Candidate and Endocrinologist
MBBS FRACP

Brendan is an endocrinologist and PhD student and is originally from Brisbane. Always full of research ideas to better the health of the community, he is working on several projects to understand the safety of gender-affirming hormone therapy.

Kylie King, smiling. She has short blonde hair, and is wearing dark clothing.

Kylie King (she/her)

Research Nurse
RN

Kylie is a study coordinator for our clinical research studies and exudes warmth towards everyone she meets. She manages most clinical research visits at Austin Health and is passionate about improving trans health and well-being.

Clare Headland, smiling. She is wearing a patterned scarf and long earrings.

Clare Headland (she/her)

Speaker and educator
B App Sc (Chiropractic)

Clare is a trans woman, passionate speaker, and suicide prevention activist. Clare was a past employee at Austin Health where she transitioned, and was an International Woman's Day awardee. She is now dedicating her efforts to advocate for acceptance and understanding of trans people.

Lachlan Angus, smiling. He has brown hair and is wearing a padded jacket.

Dr Lachlan Angus (he/him)

PhD Candidate and Endocrinologist
MBBS FRACP

Dr Lachlan Angus is an endocrinologist and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.  Lachie moved from Adelaide to Melbourne in 2020 to work with the Trans Health Research team.  He is currently running a clinical trial investigating the effects of anti-androgen medications on feminisation in people starting hormone therapy.  He also works at Austin Health, Northern Health and in private practice.

Ariel Ginger, smiling. She has long red hair and is wearing sunglasses.

Ariel Ginger (she/her)

Researcher
Dip Health Sciences

Ariel is a social media guru who manages most of the #GenderResearch updates translating research jargon into health information for the community. She is a biomedical student and data buff working on a project examining body composition changes with hormone therapy.

Jeffrey Zajac, smiling. He is wearing a grey suit and glasses.

Prof Jeffrey Zajac AO (he/him)

Head, Department of Medicine (Austin Health)
MBBS(Hons) FRACP PhD

Jeffrey is the Head of the Department of Medicine (Austin Health) and is a staunch ally of the LGBTI community, advocating to improve trans health for many years. His work has led to the establishment of the research group and Austin Gender Clinic as part of the Trans and Gender Diverse in Community Health consortium.

Jake Kidson-Purry, smiling. He has a shaved head, and is wearing a collared shirt.

Jake Kidson-Purry (he/him)

Communication Designer
BDes(CommDes)

Jake is our dedicated communication designer. He works to amplify important research through graphic design, and maintains the Trans Health Research site.

Shalem Leemaqz, smiling. He is wearing a pale blue collared shirt and glasses.

Dr Shalem Leemaqz (he/him)

Statistician
MAppStats PhD

Shalem is our dedicated statistician, based at Flinders University, South Australia.

Talia Hunter-Smith, smiling. She has shoulder-length ginger hair.

Talia Hunter-Smith (she/her)

MD Research Student
BBiomedSc

Talia is a MD student at The University of Notre Dame who is completing her MD research project as part of TRANSform.