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2014 Early Career Award winners named

Monday, 23 June 2014 8:07am

Five up-and-coming staff from across the University’s Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington campuses are the latest recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

Their research spans breast cancer genetics, new anti-cancer nanomedicines, testicular cancer rates, genetic factors underlying heart disease, and using mathematical techniques to tackle philosophical problems.

Announcing the latest recipients, University of Otago Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Blaikie congratulated the five researchers on their impressive records of achievement at such an early stage of their research careers.

“These award recipients are exemplary early-career researchers making energetic and fresh contributions to the University's research effort and culture. Their notable achievements firmly place them to become Otago’s research leaders of tomorrow,” Professor Blaikie says.

The 2014 recipients are:

Anita Dunbier image Dr Anita Dunbier – a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry where her research programme focuses on improving responses to therapy in breast cancer. Her work has been published in top-level international journals.           Khaled_Greish image Dr Khaled Greish – a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. His research focuses on designing novel anti-cancer nanomedicine and has resulted in two approved patents.
Jason_Gurney image Dr Jason Gurney – a Research Fellow in the Wellington campus Cancer Control and Screening Research Group, and a HRC Eru Pomare Post-Doctoral Fellow. He currently divides his time between cancer and rheumatic fever research. Anna_Pilbrow image Dr Anna Pilbrow – a Health Research Council Sir Charles Hercus Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the Christchurch campus. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying our genetic susceptibility to heart disease.
Zach_Weber Dr Zach Weber – a Senior Lecturer working in philosophical logic, using formal mathematics to address philosophical questions. He has published articles in some of the world’s leading journals in his field.

The Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research were introduced in 2004 to recognise and nurture the University’s most promising early career researchers. Each recipient will receive $5000 to support their research and scholarly development.

Recipients also become members of the University’s O-Zone Group of early-to-mid-career researchers. O-Zone undertakes activities to promote interdisciplinary thinking and collaborations and to present a positive, clear, innovative, and independent voice for research within the University and beyond.