Hannah Black

Hannah Black

Brief Profile / Biography 

I am currently completing my PhD in Trauma Science at the University of Newcastle. I have a Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Public Health from the Australian National University as well as Master of Laboratory Medicine from RMIT University.

I was previously a laboratory medical scientist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne where I worked in haematology and blood bank. This was the perfect environment to develop my knowledge in blood and transfusion science, but it was also this environment that made me realise I wanted to take my education further. There is so much that is unknown about erythrocytes and their role in immunity. My research focuses on the immune response following severe trauma and the role erythrocytes play in this response.  


Research Interests

  • Trauma 
  • Blood transfusion in trauma patients 
  • Multiple Organ Failure post-injury 
  • Blood Group and how this relates to trauma outcomes 
  • Immune response in trauma patients 
  • Mitochondrial DNA in erythrocytes 


Why did you get into research? 

From an early age, I have always had an interest in the medical sciences. Research was a natural progression for me from working as a laboratory medical scientist to a research scientist as I wanted to know and investigate more about the human body. At a young age I was a trauma patient at the John Hunter Hospital myself so being able to complete my research studies as part of this team was an opportunity I had to take. 


What would be the ultimate goal for your research? 

I would love my research to impact real patients and improve the outcomes for trauma patients. Hopefully to improve transfusion strategies, personalize transfusions and reduce trauma complications such as Multiple Organ Failure. I also hope my research will contribute to the understanding of how the immune system responds to severe trauma.  


Future Focus 

  • Improve trauma care and outcomes. 
  • Influence transfusion strategies for trauma patients. 
  • Identify novel mediators in the immune response to trauma.  


Specialised/Technical Skills  

  • Background and literature review of epidemiological, scientific and medical literature including writing the literature review 
  • Designing and reporting epidemiological studies 
  • Design and implementation of scientific experiments 
  • Conducting scientific experiments including DNA extraction, qPCR and flow cytometry 
  • Data analysis–collation of experimental data, analysis of data and presentation of data, both written and verbal. 
  • Presentation of research to both colleagues, fellow scientists and the public. 
  • Understanding of haematological and transfusion results and data. 



School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle