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Who we are and what we do

The Research and Enterprise Office supports and assists researchers in the identification of funding opportunities, partnering with business, grant applications, and the establishment of research contracts. We work closely with academic staff, students and Otago Innovation Ltd (the University’s wholly-owned commercialisation arm) to foster a culture of enterprise and collaboration. An organisational structure can be viewed here.

Research Advisors (RAs) support researchers with contestable funding processes. They advise on contestable funds, assist in the development of teams and proposals and undertake the subsequent negotiation and management of research contracts. Each RA looks after a number of Departments and most are within their respective Divisions to foster frequent interactions with the researchers and departmental/centre managers. If you are new to the University or new to a department, please make contact with your respective RA as your first point of contact.

Enterprise Managers (EMs) support researchers with industry engagement and partnering with other end-users of research. EMs are specialised to assist with non-contestable funding processes, government funding, industry relations or large interdisciplinary, multi-party opportunities/ventures. Each EM looks after a number of sectors (not department-specific) that represents the University of Otago's Research & Development areas in New Zealand. Most EMs are situated in the Research & Enterprise Office (Centre for Innovation building) on the Dunedin campus. We also have EMs based in Wellington and Auckland. If you are interested in finding relevant end-users that could benefit from and potentially support your research, or if you have such connections, but would like to build on them (i.e. through Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Callaghan Innovation), please make contact with your respective EM.

The RA and EM teams are supported by an Operations Team comprising of the Research Administrators (RADs) and Research Finance Administrators (RFAs). The RADs provide support for the application and contracting processes. The RFAs manage on-going project finances, invoicing and reporting requirements for awarded research grants.

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Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise

Professor Richard Blaikie – Deputy Vice-Chancellor

richard blaikie 2015Professor Blaikie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Enterprise, and Professor in Physics at the University of Otago. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1992. For one year, he was a visiting scientist at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory investigating single-electron transport effects in semiconductor nanostructures. He returned to New Zealand in 1993 to take up a position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury, prior to moving to his current role at Otago.

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Blaikie oversees all of the research and commercialisation activities of the University.

Tel 64 3 479 8835
Email dvc.research@otago.ac.nz

Dr Katharina RuckstuhlDr Katharina Ruckstuhl – Senior Research Analyst

Dr Ruckstuhl joined the University of Otago in 2008 after working for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for five years as education manager and project consultant. She worked with communities, local and central government agencies to implement Māori-focused initiatives throughout the South Island education sector. Prior to that, she had been in the teaching profession. Dr Ruckstuhl completed her Honours degree and Ph.D. through the English Department at Otago. As well, she has post-graduate qualifications in Education through Massey University.

Dr Ruckstuhl is the Secretary of the Research and Equipment Committees and provides cross-University research and data analysis to support strategic and policy planning.

Tel 64 3 479 7674
Email katharina.ruckstuhl@otago.ac.nz

Ms Catherine Shelton – Executive Assistant to the Deputy Vice-ChancellorCatherine McDonald Web

Catherine joined the office in May 2012 as an Executive Assistant. Her role is to provide executive assistance to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, and to co-ordinate the financial and HR requirements of the Division while also overseeing the organisation of the annual Research Awards.

Catherine brings a wide range of administrative skills and experience to the role, having worked in similar roles over the past 10 years. During this time she has worked as an Executive Assistant for a variety of local businesses including real estate, recruitment and accounting. Catherine also temped for Campus Temps prior to her current role.

Tel 64 3 479 8835
Email catherine.shelton@otago.ac.nz

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Research and Enterprise Director

Dr Gavin Clark - Director, Research and EnterpriseGavin Clark Web Version Nov 2012

Gavin has a PhD in microbiology from the University of Surrey. He served studentships at Nestle (Switzerland) and Glaxo Group Research (UK), then worked in anti-infective discovery research at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (1993-96). Since 1997 Gavin has specialised in knowledge transfer, serving a variety of roles in universities, government and spin-outs in NZ and in the UK.

Gavin commercialised technology at the Universities of Edinburgh (1997-99) and Bristol (2000-03), then moved to NZ to be Director of Commercialisation at Massey University (2003-07) and founding CEO of Polybatics Ltd. (2005-07). Returning to the UK for the period 2007-12, Gavin was Deputy Director of the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network, advisor to government in the Innovation and Growth Team for Industrial Biotechnology, and Industrial Liaison Director at an Engineering Doctorate Centre at Newcastle University.

Gavin returned to New Zealand in August 2012 to take up the post of Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Otago. Gavin is co-founder of the SEED enterprise programme that inspires student teams to form start-ups, a member of the steering committee of NZ's Consortium for Medical Device Technologies and a Director of NZBIO.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel 64 3 479 8983
Email gavin.clark@otago.ac.nz

Ms Inge Andrew - Executive Assistant

Dr Inge Andrew

Inge's role is to provide executive assistance to the Director within Research and Enterprise as well as office management for the Research and Enterprise Team including finance, human resource and administrative functions. Inge has been working in various roles around the University of Otago since 1999.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel 64 3 479 8905
Email inge.andrew@otago.ac.nz

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Enterprise Managers (by sectors)

Email enterprise@otago.ac.nz
Fax +64 3 479 7657

Dr Rachel Elliot - Team Leader Dunedin Campus - Food, Nutrition, Health & WellbeingRachel Elliot web

Rachel has a PhD in microbiology from the University of Otago. She worked on projects in bacterial drug resistance at Queens University in Canada before returning to New Zealand. Rachel worked for five years at Tatua Cooperative Dairy Company as a Senior Development Scientist involved in new product development, and then as a consultant on a variety of research based assignments in the healthcare sector for university and industry clients.

Rachel works with researchers to identify new research funding opportunities, and develops and manages relationships with collaborating institutions, government, and business in the food & beverage sector, and in nutrition, health and wellbeing. Her role has a particular focus on strategic projects.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 5895
Mobile +64 21 279 5895
Email rachel.elliot@otago.ac.nz

Dr Craig Grant - Team Leader - Fund SpecialistCraig Grant Web

Since completing a PhD in plant biochemistry at Otago University Craig has worked at a number of organisations including the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (manager of NERF, and Food and Fibre), the New Zealand Forest Industries Council (R&D Manager), MeatNZ (Research Manager), the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission (Strategic Projects), at the University of Surrey (Head of Consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships), and the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry (Manager Sustainable Farming Fund).

Craig works across all divisions providing help with strategic funding opportunities across a range of agencies including MBIE, Callaghan Innovation and MPI.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (West Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 5047
Mobile +64 21 279 8465
Email craig.grant@otago.ac.nz

Senior Enterprise Manager and Team Leader - Northern Campuses

Position currently under recruitment.

This role aims to build linkages between the University and the business community in Auckland, working primarily with the Biotech, Food and Health sectors.

Location: Levels 4, University of Otago House, 385 Queen St, PO Box 5543, Auckland
Tel +64 9 373 9711
Mobile
Email 

Mr David Grimmett - Biomedical Technologies and Asia Partnerships

david grimmettDavid has an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Otago and experience working in animal and human health research (AgResearch and University of Otago, Wellington), teaching secondary school science (Bayfield High School) and managing sales of scientific equipment (Biolab Limited).

David has worked in the enterprise area since January 2005 as an Enterprise Manager leading the biotechnology sector, spanning the Health Sciences and Sciences Divisions of the University.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8471
Mobile +64 21 798 471
Email david.grimmett@otago.ac.nz

Dr Mary Gower - Advanced Technologies & MaterialsMary Gower 2011

Mary joined the R&E team in 2011 as Research Advisor for Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology and Pharmacology & Toxicology and has subsequently covered a number of different portfolios as Enterprise Manager including Environmental and Health Sciences and Food and Nutrition before taking up the Advanced Technologies and Materials portfolio in 2015. Mary’s background is in synthetic organic chemistry, drug discovery and enzymology. She obtained her PhD in chemistry from the University of Canterbury and carried out her postdoctoral research in malaria drug discovery at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

As Enterprise Manager for Advanced Technologies & Materials, Mary is the primary EM contact for the following departments: Chemistry, Physics, Applied Sciences, Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology and Mathematics & Statistics.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 9610
Mobile +64 21 798 470
Email mary.gower@otago.ac.nz

Dr Victoria Jameson - Biotech, Agritech and Public HealthVictoria Jameson July 2014 Web version

Victoria joined the Research and Enterprise Office in July 2012. She completed her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Otago developing mitochondrial targeted therapeutics and investigating their effects on mitochondrial and cardiac function. She has since managed Partnering for Innovation, a Tertiary Education Commission funded project that aimed to identify and encourage the development of early stage commercial research across the University. More recently she has been the Research Manager with the Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine and Programme Coordinator within the Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Victoria’s role is to provide advice and assist researchers in identifying new funding opportunities and developing business relationships with companies in the areas of health sciences across the Divisions of Health Sciences.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8965
Mobile +64 21 921 546
Email victoria.jameson@otago.ac.nz

Dr Mara Wolkenhauer - Environment, Energy and Primary Industries

Mara Wolkenhauer 2015Mara has recently joined the Research & Enterprise Office, having moved to Dunedin from Brisbane, Australia in July 2014. Prior to taking up the Environment, Energy and Primary Industries portfolio here, Mara worked as a Programme Manager for the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, developing and managing R&D funds that enhance management and use of water recycling through industry and research partnership. Mara was also responsible for the facilitation of Research Advisory and Commercialisation Advisory Committees. Prior to her involvement with the Water Recycling Centre, Mara worked for the Queensland state government and a not-for-profit organisation called Healthy Waterways Partnership around waterway health issues and water quality policies. Mara has a PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Rostock (Germany) in collaboration with The University of Queensland and the Commonwealth Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) that focused on an indigenous invertebrate fishery.

As Enterprise Manager for Environment, Energy and Primary Industris, Mara is the primary EM contact for the following departments: Botany, Geography, Geology, Marine Sciences, Surveying, Zoology, as well as the Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE) and the environmental chemistry group in Chemistry. Mara also looks after National Science Challenges that are linked to the environmental portfolio such as: Sustainable Seas, Deep South and Our Land & Water

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 5937
Mobile +64 21 222 7346
Email mara.wolkenhauer@otago.ac.nz

Ms Jayashree Panjabi - Culture, Heritage, Education and ICT

Jayashree Panjabi 2015Jayashree joined the team in 2012. A graduate from the University of Otago, with a 1st class honours degree in history, she has spent most of her working life as a producer/director within the television industry, working first for domestic and then international networks. She worked for eight years at Natural History New Zealand Ltd in Dunedin making documentaries for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic. Jayashree specialised in filming in China, making seven documentaries there in total and covering topics as diverse as panda breeding, child acrobatics and architectural mega-buildings. She has subsequently worked for Beyond Productions in Sydney and for Rock Wallaby Productions in Qatar. Jayashree has also worked as the Exhibitions Manager at the Otago Museum, and has taught film and television skills, both practical and theoretical, at tertiary level.

Jayashree looks after the Divisions of Commerce and the Humanities. Her mandate is to increase engagement between the University and the wider community, be this within the private sector, community groups, or government agencies. Creating opportunities for partnerships, nurturing those relationships, and assisting them to succeed are her primary goals.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8907
Mobile +64 21 135 4451
Email jayashree.panjabi@otago.ac.nz

Sharon Jensen - Business Support Coordinator

Sharon joined the office in April 2015 and works with the Enterprise Managers.  Sharon has relocated back to Dunedin after 15 years in Christchurch.  Her background has primarily been in the Education sector and she has come to us after 7 years at UC Education Plus.  Sharon completed her BCom and PGDipCom here at the University of Otago in the early 1990's.

Sharon's role is to provide support to the Enterprise Managers and wider Research and Enterprise Team in areas such as marketing, event management, website and other administrative support as required.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David Street, Dunedin.

Tel: +64 3 479 8470
Email: sharon.jensen@otago.ac.nz

Dr Joukje Siebenga - Funding Development Specialist 

Joukje Siebenga March 2014 WebJoukje holds an MSc in Bioprocess Engineering / Molecular Biology from Wageningen University, and a PhD in Virology from the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, both in The Netherlands. After finishing her PhD she worked at a Netherlands-based biopharmaceutical company, where vaccines and antibodies against infectious diseases are being developed and manufactured. The academic world kept its appeal though, and in 2011 Joukje joined Utrecht University and Medical Centre as a Technology Transfer Officer. Here she was responsible for IP protection and commercialisation of research outcomes in the broader Life Sciences area.

In 2014 Joukje moved to New Zealand to join the team at the Research and Enterprise Office, where she works with researchers to find the best fitting funding opportunities for their research.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (West Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8718
Mobile +64 21 190 9258
Email joukje.siebenga@otago.ac.nz

Dr James Conner - Senior Enterprise Manager - Government Sector, Wellington

james connerJames has a broad academic, public sector and commercial background in the health, education and defence areas. James came to the office in 2009 from his role as Vendor Relationship Manager within the Information Directorate, Ministry of Health. Prior to this he was Business Manager/Acting Director at the Centre for Military and Veterans' Health, University of Queensland. His academic background includes roles as Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, University of Canterbury where he was also a Research Associate at the National Centre for Research on Europe; Teaching Fellow in Defence Studies at Massey University; and Dean of Public Administration, Military Studies Institute, New Zealand Army.

James holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Canterbury and is also a journalist and registered psychologist. James' role, based in Wellington, is to promote and support Research and Enterprise through strategic planning and engagement with University stakeholders along with maintaining and building key relationships with the government sector.

Location: Research and Enterprise Office - University of Otago, Wellington City Office
Level 9, Revera House, 48 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, PO Box 400, Wellington 6140

Tel +64 4 460 9808
Mobile +64 21 241 8011
Fax +64 4 384 2744
Email james.conner@otago.ac.nz

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Research Advisors (Science, Commerce and Humanities)

Email research@otago.ac.nz
Fax +64 3 479 8465

AJ Woodhouse - Team Leader - Division of Sciences

aj woodhouseAmanda-Jane (AJ) has an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Otago. She has worked in both the private and public sectors in a variety of roles and immediately prior to joining the University she was working as a Scientific/Regulatory Affairs Consultant. Her experience ranges from resource management planning to hazard assessments and industrial waste/effluent issues to whole of government policy drafting.

AJ joined Research and Enterprise in May 2009. AJ's role is to provide advice to researchers on their research, assist with the development of research proposals and the management of research contracts within the Division of Sciences for Zoology, Marine Science, Surveying, Botany, and Geology. AJ leads the Science, Commerce and Humanity Research Advisor Team and is on the Research and Enterprise Management team, she chairs the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre Advisory Board and serves on other Committees and Boards within the University and externally (she is currently the co-convenor of the New Zealand and Pacific Chapter of the Australasian Research Management Society).

Location: Room G14, Ground floor, Union Court, 85 Union St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 7717
Email aj.woodhouse@otago.ac.nz

Ms Kate Berard - Division of Sciences

kate berardKate has a BA(Hons) in Psychology from the University of Otago. She has worked in the health, hospitality and recruitment sectors, as well as a variety of roles within the University's research area.

Kate has been a Research Advisor for the Division of Sciences since September 2005 and is responsible for Chemistry, Applied Sciences, Computer Science, Food Science, Human Nutrition, Mathematics & Statistics, Physical Education, Physics, and Psychology.

Location: Room G09, Ground floor, Union Court, 85 Union St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8484
Email kate.berard@otago.ac.nz

Dr Gabrielle Hine - Commerce and CSAFE2013 Gabrielle Hine Web

Gabrielle joined Research and Enterprise in August 2013. Prior to this appointment, she spent several years working in international export and within the University as a lecturer and tutor. Gabrielle has a PhD in Media, Film and Communications and Gender Studies from the University of Otago, which focused on the representation of pregnancy and maternity in cross-media forms.

Gabrielle’s role is to provide advice to researchers within Commerce on funding opportunities and research proposals, as well as the management of research contracts.

Location: Room 408, Level 4, Commerce Building, 60 Clyde St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 5934
Mobile +64 (0)21 229 0639
Email gabrielle.hine@otago.ac.nz

Dr Marjolein Righarts - Division of HumanitiesMarjolien Righarts Web

Marjolein joined Research and Enterprise in January 2012, having spent several years working in various roles for the State Government of Western Australia and, prior to that, within the University. Marjolein has a PhD in Politics from the University of Otago, which focused on the intersection of natural disasters and civil conflict in developing countries.

Marjolein’s role is to provide advice to researchers within the Humanities on funding opportunities and research proposals, as well as the management of research contracts.

Location:

Tel: 03 479 4173
Mobile +64 21 279 4173

Email marjolein.righarts@otago.ac.nz

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Research Advisors (Health Sciences)

Dr Natalie Harfoot - Team Leader - Division of Health Sciences

(on parental leave in 2015)natalie harfoot

Natalie joined Research and Enterprise in 2009. Her role is to provide advice on funding opportunities, assist in the development of research proposals and manage research contracts for the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pharmacology & Toxicology.

Natalie has a PhD in ion transport physiology (Otago) and MSc in analytical chemistry (Waikato). She has previously carried out research at HortResearch, Tetley International, NZ Biotechnologies Ltd and AgResearch and been a science communicator at Otago Museum.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 4591
Mobile +64 21 279 4591
Email natalie.harfoot@otago.ac.nz

Dr Melony Black - Division of Health Sciences (parental leave replacement for Natalie)

Melony BlackMel’s research background is in Neuroscience. She holds a BSc(Hons) from the University of Otago and a PhD from Purdue University (USA). Prior to joining the Research & Enterprise team at the beginning of 2015, she held a variety of research roles within NZ in the areas of neurobiology and developmental cell biology. Mel is currently the Research Advisor for the departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pharmacology & Toxicology.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 4591
Email melony.black@otago.ac.nz

Ms Ali Cameron - Dunedin School of Medicineali cameron

Ali has held a research advisory role supporting the academic and research staff of the Dunedin School of Medicine since 2003. In the past her role included the management of the ODHB (now SDHB) Health Research Office and consequently Ali has had extensive experience in the contracting of Commercial Clinical Trials. She is now the Research Advisor for the Dunedin School of Medicine departments of Psychological Medicine, General Practice & Rural Health, Women’s and Children’s Health, Preventive and Social Medicine as well as the Bioethics Centre.

Location: Health Research South, D.S.M., 1st Floor, Dunedin Public Hospital

Tel +64 3 470 9030
Email ali.cameron@otago.ac.nz

Christine Groves - Division of Health Sciences – University of Otago, Wellington

Christine has a BAppSci. (Information Systems and Technology). She also has an NZCE in Computers & Electronics and has also held Project Management Professional certification from PMI. She worked for Airways Corporation and the Ministry of Economic Development before joining the Research Office in March 2003.

Christine is responsible for supporting researchers at the University of Otago Wellington Campus on all aspects of developing research proposals and managing research contracts.

Location: 23a Mein St, Newtown, Wellington

Tel +64 4 918 6855
Mobile +64 21 279 5541
Email christine.groves@otago.ac.nz

Ms Diana Rothstein - Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Preventive and Social Medicine, Dental School

diana rothsteinDiana holds a BA(Hons) in Modern Languages (French and German) from the University of Maine and a Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, starting her career as a merchant banker in Chicago and Frankfurt, Germany. After moving to New Zealand in 1988, Diana first worked as a consultant with the University Consulting Group and was involved in consultancies with a number of health, education, business, industry, local council and Government organisations.

Diana joined the Research and Enterprise Office in November 2008, having spent ten years in Preventive and Social Medicine as an Assistant Research Fellow, five of those with the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Unit (the Dunedin Study).

Diana is responsible for supporting researchers, in Preventive and Social Medicine and the School of Pharmacy, to identify and develop funding opportunities, and to assist with their research proposals, along with the overall management of research contracts.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (West Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 4043
Mobile +64 21 0243 7971
Email diana.rothstein@otago.ac.nz

Dr Edwin Meijerink - Division of Health Sciences

Eduardus MeijerinkEdwin's role is to support academic and research staff in the Departments of Medicine, Surgical Sciences, Pathology and Biochemistry in the development of research proposals and to negotiate and manage research contracts.

Prior to joining Research and Enterprise in December 2009, Edwin worked as Science Manager at the Dunedin-based research consortia Ovita Ltd and Orico Ltd for projects in the areas of animal health, reproduction, and genetics. He has an academic research background in genetics, and before moving to New Zealand in 2005, worked in commercial research and development for the Swiss-based company Cytos Biotechnology Ltd where he was involved in the development of therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of chronic diseases.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (West Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 4190
Mobile +64 21 279 5085
Email edwin.meijerink@otago.ac.nz

Dr Eric Lord - Division of Health Sciences

eric lordEric was appointed as a Research Advisor for Health Sciences in August 2008. His role is to support academic and research staff in the Departments of Anatomy, Physiology and the School of Dentistry, on all aspects of developing research proposals and managing research contracts.

Eric has a research background in the cellular and molecular sciences. From January 2004, Eric worked as a Research Fellow in the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery to develop tissue-engineering strategies for the repair of cartilage injuries to the knee joint. He had a joint appointment with the Department of Anatomy during 2008 to test novel biomaterials with surgical applications. Prior to working at the University of Otago, Eric was a Scientist at AgResearch, initially studying sheep genetics, then as a member of the sheep gene mapping team at the Molecular Biology Unit. In 1999 he went on to explore gene expression in regenerating deer antlers, focusing on the formation of cartilage tissue. Eric completed a PhD study in molecular biology at the Australian National University in 1989 and graduated with a BAgrSc (Honours, First Class) from Lincoln University in 1983.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (West Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 4592
Mobile +64 21 279 4592
Email eric.lord@otago.ac.nz

Ms Karen Chaney - Division of Health Sciences – University of Otago, Christchurch

Karen joined the Research and Enterprise office in 1999. Karen’s role is to provide advice and assistance to researchers on any matters related to research proposals and the management of research contracts within the University of Otago, Christchurch. Karen looks after Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine, Psychological Medicine and the Deans Department.

Karen has a NZCS in Physics and has previously worked in the Department of Physics and Purchasing Department at the University of Otago, Otago District Health Board, W Gregg and Co, and Lincoln University.

Location:

Tel +64 3 378 6260
Email karen.chaney@otago.ac.nz

Mr Kosta Tabakakis - Division of Health Sciences - Christchurch School of Medicine

Kosta has a Master of Health Sciences (Hons) and a Master of Education, both from the University of Canterbury. Over the last decade, Kosta has worked in hospitality and in a variety or research roles within university setting. His research interests include: suicide prevention, positive psychology and human sexuality. In his spare time he likes to go running and watch movies.

Within the Christchurch School of Medicine, Kosta is responsible for Radiology, Paediatrics, Population Health, General Practice, Surgery and Anaesthesia.

Location:

Tel +64 3 378 6370
Email kosta.tabakakis@otago.ac.nz

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Legal Team

Mr Will Martin – Legal AdvisorWill Martin Web Version Nov 2012

Will joined the Research and Enterprise Office in mid-2012. He has completed degrees at the University of Otago in Law and Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma majoring in Management. He worked initially with Judith Ablett Kerr QC, then at Webb Farry Lawyers specialising in litigation and commercial law. Will subsequently worked at the Otago Southland Employers’ Association for over 6 years, beginning as a Lawyer and eventually adding to this role, becoming Business Manager. He was a Naval Reserve officer for over 12 years, completing his service as a Lieutenant.

Will’s role is to provide advice and assistance on contractual matters relating to research funding. He has a focus on protecting the intellectual property of the University and researchers where possible, with an eye to any possible commercialisation opportunities that could be passed on to Otago Innovation Limited.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Ground Level (West Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 5374
Mobile +64 21 279 5347
Email will.martin@otago.ac.nz

Mr Basil Lawrence – Research Contracts Administrator Basil Lawrence June 2013 Web

Basil joined the Research and Enterprise office in April 2013. He brings a variety of administrative experience to the role, including a previous position at the Victoria University Library, and most recently the role of PBRF Project Administrator in the lead-up to the 2012 Quality Evaluation. Basil’s primary responsibilities are to support the Legal Advisor with contractual matters relating to research and enterprise funding, and to provide administrative and contracting services to Research and Enterprise staff to support the contracting process.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (West Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8468
Email basil.lawrence@otago.ac.nz

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Operations Team (Administrative, Financial and IT Support)

Mr John Milnes - Operations Manager John Milnes web version

John joined the office as the Operations Manager in 2013 and is responsible for the Research Administration team. He has been a student at the University of Otago on and off since coming to Dunedin in 1994. He has a Master of Arts degree in history and is most of the way through a PhD in history. His special research interest is World War One and studied the New Zealand Mounted Rifles brigade in Sinai and Palestine 1916-1919 for his MA, and is examining New Zealand society during World War One, with particular emphasis on Dunedin’s Anglican, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches for his doctorate.

Prior to coming to Research and Enterprise John was the Administration Officer at Knox College, Dunedin from 2000-2012.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 4517
Email john.milnes@otago.ac.nz

Ms Lorraine Harris – Information Systems Officer

As Information Systems Officer, Lorraine is responsible for information systems support for Research and Enterprise.

Lorraine’s software support and development experience spans 20 years in a self-employed role and is further enhanced by recently completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (IS&T). Having undertaken MS Access development services to local businesses, provides an understanding of the processes necessary for supporting R&E systems.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Ground Level (West Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8070
Email lorraine.harris@otago.ac.nz

Ms Carmen Chatfield - Research Administrator

Carmen's role is to provide information, advice and support on research funding and procedures relating to applications and contracts.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 5294
Email carmen.chatfield@otago.ac.nz

Ms Janet Kerr - Research Administrator

Janet's role is to provide information, advice and support on research funding and procedures relating to applications and contracts.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 9093
Email janet.kerr@otago.ac.nz

Ms Lindsay Greenwood - Research Administrator

Lindsay's role is to provide information, advice and support on research funding and procedures relating to applications and contracts.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8413
Email lindsay.greenwood@otago.ac.nz

Ms Rhonda McSkimming - Research Administrator

Rhonda's role is to provide information, advice and support on research funding and procedures relating to applications and contracts.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 5671
Email rhonda.mcskimming@otago.ac.nz

Ms Judy Chamberlain - Research Finance Administrator

Judy's role is to support and maintain all matters pertaining to the financial management and administration of awarded research grants, focusing on Science (except Physics), Physiotherapy, Pharmacology & Toxicology and the Wellington School of Medicine (WSM).

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 4023
Email judy.chamberlain@otago.ac.nz

Ms Lisa Hart - Research Finance Administrator

Lisa's role is to support and maintain all matters pertaining to the financial management and administration of awarded research grants, focusing on Physiology, Commerce, Pharmacy, Dental School and the Christchurch School of Medicine (CSM).

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 8234
Email lisa.hart@otago.ac.nz

Ms Trish Knox - Research Finance Administrator

Trish's role is to support and maintain all matters pertaining to the financial management and administration of awarded research grants, focusing on Anatomy, Microbiology & Immunology, Biochemistry, Humanities and Physics.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 4022
Email trish.knox@otago.ac.nz

Ms Fiona Seaton - Research Committee Administrator

Fiona's role is to support and maintain all matters pertaining to the financial management and administration of internally awarded research grants and Research Committee.

Location: Centre for Innovation, Level 1 (East Wing), 87 St David St, Dunedin

Tel +64 3 479 5967
Email fiona.seaton@otago.ac.nz

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Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) and Publications Office

Lindsay JenkinsMr Lindsay Jenkins - Project Manager (PBRF)

Lindsay came to the university in 2005 after 26 years in the NZ meat export industry. After the successful result of the 2006 PBRF Quality Evaluation, Lindsay remained to coordinate activities associated with the submission of research performance for the 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation exercise. His role is also to provide a single point of liaison for the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Lindsay is a member of the e-Research Advisory Group (eRag)

Tel +64 3 479 4599
Mobile +64 21 279 4599
Email lindsay.jenkins@otago.ac.nz

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Publications / Outputs Team

Ms Caryn Nash - Research Performance Records

Caryn's role within the PBRF and Publications Office is to coordinate the collation and provision of information for research outputs so as to enhance the research performance of the University and its income from funding sources.

Tel +64 3 479 8340
Email caryn.nash@otago.ac.nz

Ms Raewyn Keane - Senior Administrative Assistant (Publications/Outputs Office)

Raewyn provides senior administrative support to the research outputs section of the office.

Tel +64 3 479 3783
Email raewyn.crump@otago.ac.nz

Dr Donna Hendry - Administrative Assistant (Publications/Outputs Office)

Donna provides administrative assistance to the research outputs section of the office.

Tel +64 3 479 5391
Email donna.hendry@otago.ac.nz

Dr Steph Dobson - Administrative Assistance (Publication/Outputs Office)

Steph provides administrative assistance to the research outputs section of the office

Tel +64 3 479 4691
Email stephanie.dobson@otago.ac.nz

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Location

All general enquiries should be directed to research@otago.ac.nz or telephone +64 3 479 8413.

Dunedin

Research and Enterprise Office
Centre for Innovation
University of Otago
Cnr St David & Castle Streets
Dunedin

Postal Address

Research and Enterprise Office
Centre for Innovation
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin

Office Hours

Mon - Fri, 8:30 - 5:00pm
Fax +64 3 479 7657

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Dunedin School of Medicine

Location

Health Research South
Deans Office, Dunedin School of Medicine
Level One
Dunedin Hospital
Great King St
Dunedin

Postal Address

Health Research South
PO Box 913
University of Otago
Dunedin

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:30pm, the Research Advisor maintains two offices so please phone/email to check availability and location.

Website

Dr Edwin Meijerink, Research Advisor - DSM
Tel +64 3 470 9030
Email edwin.meijerink@otago.ac.nz
Edwin's role is to provide information, advice and support on research funding and procedures relating to applications & contracts for staff at the Dunedin School of Medicine.

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University of Otago, Christchurch

Location

Research and Enterprise Office
Department of the Dean
University of Otago, Christchurch
5th floor, 2 Riccarton Avenue
Christchurch

Postal Address

Research and Enterprise Office
Department of the Dean
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Christchurch 8140

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tel +64 3 364 0237
Website

Rebecca Coombes – Research and Development Manager – University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) & Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB)
Tel +64 3 364 0038
Mobile: 64 21 364 038
Email rebecca.coombes@otago.ac.nz
Rebecca’s role is to manage the Research and Enterprise Office for the University of Otago, Christchurch and the Canterbury District Health Board
Karen Keelan - Māori Research Advisor- Dean's Department, University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC)

Tel +64 3 364 1658
Email
karen.keelan@otago.ac.nz

Karen Chaney – Research Advisor – University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC)

Tel +64 3 364 1593
Mobile: +64 21 279 7717
Email karen.chaney@otago.ac.nz

Karen’s role is to provide information, advice and support on research funding and procedures relating to applications & contracts for staff at the University of Otago, Christchurch
Jacqui Birchall – Research Administrator - University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC)
Tel +64 3 364 0237
Email research.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Jacqui's role is to provide administrative support to the University of Otago, Christchurch Research and Enterprise Office

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School of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Otago, Wellington

Location

Research and Enterprise Office
C34 Level C, School of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Otago, Wellington
23a Mein Street
Newtown
Wellington 6242

Postal Address

Research and Enterprise Office
School of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Otago, Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington 6242

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 3:15 pm
Fax +64 4 385 5596

Website

Christine Groves - Research Advisor - UOW
Tel +64 4 918 6855
Email christine.groves@otago.ac.nz
Mobile +64 21 279 5541
Christine's role is to provide high-quality, professional research proposal support to researchers in the Health Sciences relating to applications & contracts for staff at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Otago, Wellington. UOW Summer Studentship Programme Administrator.
Tina Uiese - Research Administrator - UOW
Tel +64 4 918 6552
Email tina.uiese@otago.ac.nz
Tina is responsible for managing enquires and administration support to the Research Advisor and is also the administrator for the Summer Studentship Programme.