Imaging Staff


Dr Mariano Makara - Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging

Dr Mariano Makara

Dr.med.vet. Dipl. ECVDI
Dr Makara earned his veterinary degree at the University of La Plata, Argentina. In January 2005, he began a radiology internship with Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Joe Morgan where a significant part of his responsibilities included reading radiographs and performing ultrasound examinations. He then moved to the University of Zurich in Switzerland where he completed a residency program in diagnostic imaging and passed his certification exams for the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in March 2010. Following this he was promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich where he was responsible for each of the diagnostic modalities including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, and CT in both small and large animals.
Dr Makara has also completed externships at the University of Bern and University of Wisconsin in order to gain additional skills in MRI and Nuclear Medicine. Since January 2011 he has served as an Associate Professor at St. George’s University.
His research interests have centred around computed tomography angiography, and he has completed research projects in thoracic computed tomography angiography contrast medium injection technique and use in diagnosis of infections with Angiostrongylus vasorum in dogs.


Dr Juan Podadera - Resident in Medical Imaging

Dr Juan Podadera

MedVet BVSc MANZCVS
Dr Podadera graduated in 1999 from La Plata University, Argentina. After being involved in Equine Practice in Australia and Argentina for 8 years and in association with the private industry and the University, Dr Podadera decided to undertake specialist radiology training.
Since 2002 most of his commitment to the profession has been attributed to equine imaging. In 2007, Dr Podadera started working with the first standing equine MRI unit in Australia and since then has been working to explore the clinical application to bring the best service to the practitioner. In 2008 Juan was involved in the development of a Nuclear Medicine facility in the UVTHC, which is currently offering services for large and small animals. In 2009, Dr Podadera started specialist training in radiology. Currently he is working in both teaching hospitals as a resident radiologist. Dr Podadera is enjoying residing in Australia and practicing with both large and small animals.
His particular interests are equine foot MRI, Nuclear Medicine and development of fusion technology for the combination of functional and morphological imaging. Juan is also passionate about building a working relationship with the practitioners. Please feel free to contact Dr Podadera on juan.podadera@sydney.edu.au if you are seeking imaging information or advice.


Dr Jennifer Chau - Resident in Diagnostic Imaging

Jennifer Chau

BVSc(Hons) GradDipVetClinStud (Small Animal Clinical Studies)
Jennifer graduated from Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 2007. For the first few years, Jennifer worked in small animal practice in Western Sydney and developed skills in ultrasound through continuing education and support from clinic staff. To pursue a special interest in Diagnostic Imaging, Jennifer moved onto complete a Post Graduate Internship at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney. During this two year program, she gained invaluable experience in Radiology and other disciplines in veterinary clinical practice including Medicine (Emergency and Internal medicine), Surgery and Anaesthesia.
Since the beginning of 2013, Jennifer has commenced a three year residency program and Post Graduate Clinical Masters degree in Veterinary Radiology. In this role, Jennifer is involved in the diagnostic work up of patients that come through the Imaging service, teaching of undergraduate students and provides support for Post Graduate Interns in clinical training.
Jennifer’s interests in Diagnostic Imaging include contrast enhanced Computed Tomography (CT) and ultrasound. Currently, she is working on a research project in contrast enhanced CT of the liver in dogs and cats.


Helen Laurendet - Senior Radiographer

Helen Laurendet


BaApSci MedIm
Helen has been employed by the Sydney University for the last twenty years. Her prior training covers St Vincent’s Hospital and several years spent at the St George Hospital. Helen is involved in teaching both, undergraduate and postgraduate students in diagnostic imaging. Helen is largely responsible for the radiography and fluoroscopy of both clinical and research cases; as well as quality control of images.