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Alumni profiles

Browse the profiles of some of our Anatomy students and staff.

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Brain Health

Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa is bringing together expertise to gain a better understanding of the ageing brain and to develop new therapies to enhance lifelong brain health.

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Brainwaves

University of Otago researchers are at the forefront of identifying biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease – and new treatment options – that could lead to early diagnosis and better outcomes for the world's ageing population.

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Bridget Gentle

Bridget Gentle has dressed wounds using only the light of the cell phone.

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Charlotte Verstappen

“I feel like I’m making an important contribution to future medical research”

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Charlotte Verstappen

“I am fascinated by the concept that the body can adapt over the course of a lifetime, and how the changes in muscle, tendon and bone are able to reflect different aspects of an individual’s life."

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Dr Charlotte King

Charlotte King’s world is full of mystery and intrigue, and she would have it no other way: it’s exactly the world she dreamed of as a child.

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith

Following ancient DNA trails

A surprise find of human remains with distinctly Polynesian characteristics in a South American museum has provided a new focus of research into human migration in the Pacific and how the Pacific was settled.

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Game-changing Parkinson's research

Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie’s (Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Pikiao) career as a research academic has been entirely devoted to Parkinson’s disease– a devotion that is now receiving international attention and generous Neurological Foundation funding.

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George Connolly

To George, Anatomy stood out from the other science subjects. The scope of topics taught in the Department really appealed to him.

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Jarrod Moors

Most new students expect challenges in their first year at University, but Jarrod Moors had the added pressure of acclimatising to Dunedin’s climate after moving from Samoa.

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Kirstin McKenzie

Kirstin McKenzie is doing what many young scientists dream of: she’s training in forensics, and working for ESR (Environmental Science and Research), New Zealand’s independent forensic science institute.

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Laurel Quirke

Links between the University of Otago and AgResearch enabled through the Centre for Reproduction and Genomics are benefiting leading science programmes and fast-tracking promising science careers.

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Life after death

“Repeatedly, we see the wishes of the living take precedence over the wishes of the dead. This is not based on ethics, but on expediency.”

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Louise Sandford

When Louise Sandford completed her undergraduate degree in Anatomy, she never imagined that her postgraduate studies would take her to a dream job in Wellington with one of the largest non-profit organisations in New Zealand. But this is exactly what happened, and Louise is now the National Research and Policy Manager for the Cancer Society.

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Marc Matsas

"I’m passionate about science and about teaching, and Otago gave me the life skills to be good at my work."

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New face to ancient history

Resurrecting the dead may be impossible, but Dr George Dias is achieving the next best thing.

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Sneha George

My research helped me stand out from the others

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The secret life of bones

The work of bioarchaeologist Dr Sian Halcrow can be likened to that of a modern-day detective – except her clues are ancient, locked inside the bones and teeth of people who lived thousands of years ago.

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Thesis aims to find out why younger ewes are less fertile

Mysterious and little-studied structures within sheep oocytes have caught PhD student Karen Reader’s eye through the microscope.

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Tissue transparency

The development of strategies to future-proof human tissue research throughout New Zealand is the aim of a virtual biobank initiative being driven by the Centre for Society, Governance and Science