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PDA Australia Chapter

Chapter's Region:

Australia / New Zealand

Welcome to the PDA Australia Chapter.

We are a part of a respected international community of scientists leading the way in the advancement of pharmaceutical technology. Connecting people, science and regulation is PDA's global mission.

PDA membership will allow you to:

  • Connect with other members via PDA Conferences and PDA Connect®
  • Access to the latest research and news
  • Attend Australian PDA Chapter events at a discount to the non- member price
  • Interact with industry leaders and representatives from global regulatory agencies
  • Increase your scientific and regulatory knowledge

To be added to the mailing list for notification of future events, please contact the Chapter President or any member of the PDA Australia Chapter Committee.

Current PDA members can also join us at our PDA Connect® page.

Committee Members

  • Mark Dickson, CSL Behring
  • Gerry McKiernan, Cell Therapies Pty Ltd.
  • David Spaulding, Seerpharma Pty Ltd.
  • Paul Kerr, SeerPharma Pty. Ltd.

Member at Large

  • Jeremy Anderson
  • Lisa Bennett
  • Mark Dickson
  • Usha Gullapalli
  • Melissa Khouri
  • Gerry McKiernan
  • Fergus O'Connell
  • Nadia Seidel
  • Craig Stephens
Current Chapter Sponsors

Get Involved

The Australian Chapter is an extension of the PDA international non-profit organization. The local Chapter focuses its efforts towards organizing and providing local events targeted at pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry members, especially those involved in the development, manufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs.

The Australian Chapter of the PDA is comprised of volunteers from a variety of local industry organizations and is made up of Chapter Officers that comprise of the Executive Committee and Committee Members. The Australian Chapter aims to run one major event with the TGA annually and additional seminars throughout the year. The objective of these events is to provide industry professionals with a venue and platform to converse and exchange information while enjoying presentations from the top industry professionals.

The Australian Chapter aspires to be an integral link in education and is always looking for new volunteers who may assist us in our efforts. Your support, comments, and suggestions are the mechanism to our improved success.

For additional information, please contact the chapter at pdachapteraus@gmail.com.

Student Chapter

The PDA Australia Committee is delighted to announce that we have set up a Students and Young Professionals (SYP) part of the PDA Australia Chapter.
The mission of the PDA Australia SYP shall be:

  • To develop future leaders in the applied life sciences.
  • To establish a culture of life-long learning and professional development.
  • To foster stronger relationships between students/young professionals and pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals.
  • To exemplify the purpose of PDA including promoting the sciences of pharmaceutical technology and high standards for products of the pharmaceutical industry with emphasis on parenteral technology, sterile products, and related processes.

We are thrilled to have the following people in SYP mission-control and will be fully supported by the PDA Australia Chapter:

Student Chapter Officers

Student Chapter President

Pauline Deng

Pauline graduated from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and completed her Honours in Pharmacology. She is an alumni of the CSL Graduate program and currently working in Global Pharmacovigilance for CSL. Pauline has held previous roles in Quality Assurance, continuous improvement, and project management. She enjoys continuously learning within the different areas of the pharmaceutical industry and is very passionate about advocating opportunities for the next generation of STEM leaders!

Student Chapter President-Elect

Adam Alhuwaider

Adi is currently a Senior Research Assistant at St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research in the Recombinant DNA Repair group, working on a collaborative oncology project with Pfizer’s Centre of Therapeutic Innovation. He has joined the pharmaceutical industry at CSL shortly after finishing his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, specifically protein function in health and disease. His studies and technical skills have provided the background needed for the scale-up development work in R&D for the different CSL drug products, and in medical research. Adi is keen to develop and learn about various aspects of the pharmaceutical industry, starting from Drug Design and Development, to Quality Control and Quality Assurance.

Student Chapter Immediate Past President

Selda Yildiz-Kaya

Selda has around 9 years of experience in working for some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Turkey and Australia. Selda is currently working as a Senior Quality Assurance and Compliance Associate at CSL Behring in Melbourne and assisting with Regulatory Inspections.  She has had various roles within Engineering and Quality departments previously. Selda is a Chemical Engineer and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is passionate about any learning experience that offers a different perspective and promotes continuous improvement at workplace.

Student Chapter Treasurer

Rebecca Seneviratna

Rebecca is currently a research scientist at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in the Godfrey laboratory, where she investigates the development and function of unconventional T cells in diseases such as Merkle cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, malaria and more recently, COVID-19. Rebecca is a science honours graduate and qualified Australian lawyer, who prior to working in academia, was a senior project officer for the federal government and a junior lawyer. Rebecca is very interested in the intersection between academic research and industry and has been selected to participate in The BridgeTech Program 2022.

PDA Australia Student Chapter "FInd Your Future In STEM" Photos

(l-r) Shauna Herbst, Bonnie Seymour, Srujana Mokka, Selda Yildiz Kaya (SYP President), Pauline Deng (SYP Vice President) and Polly Sabljak
(l-r) Adi Alhuwaider (SYP Treasurer) and Charlie Ma (SYP Secretary)

Chapter Officers

  • Justine Mann



  • Mylinh La, PhD



  • Micheal Schafferius


    Sartorius- Stedim


  • Jo Sherriff


    SeerPharma Pty. Ltd.

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