Thursday, 14 January 2021 19:42

Biological Scientist to General Manager - Ray Bartolo

Ray might be new to the General Managers seat at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club, but certainly not new to the industry. In the late 80s Rays parents bought four pups from Stephen Kavanagh in NSW, and shall we say the rest is history.
After completing High School, he studied Biological Science at University and went on to complete a PhD in Molecular Biology and Renal Physiology in 2007. During 2007 Ray moved to the Dunedin in New Zealand to continue his research career, working on genes associated with the disease Cystic Fibrosis (FC) using the brush-tailed possum as a model organism.  Brush-tailed possums are a pest species in New Zealand and the lab where he worked was focussed on finding a drug to aid the treatment of CF.  After moving back to Australia at the end of 2010, he started to train greyhounds while being a stay-at-home father to his son.  However, when baby number two arrived he decided it was a good time to go back to work and started a research position at the Walter and Eliza Institute. 
The research was focused on a family of proteins that can either prevent, or promote, cells from dying and have role in a range of cancers.  In 2014, Ray moved into paediatric leukemia research at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute were the Lab focussed on improving techniques to diagnose high risk paediatric cancers and precision medicine. 
Then a slight change of careers with two years at AWM Electrical and Data Wholesalers in Port Melbourne learning the challenges of running a commercial business.
Ray has a strong passion for the greyhound industry and has been a member of Geelong and Melbourne Greyhound Racing Club Boards, and the GRV board prior to taking up the General Manager position at Geelong towards the end of 2020. 
Ray has three children that all enjoy the greyhound industry, especially when they get the chance to be in a winning photo.
Welcome to the team Ray

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