Professor Ian Morison
MB ChB, BMedSc, PhD, FRCPA(Haem)
Professor Ian Morison is a research haematologist and Head of the Department of Pathology at the University of Otago.
Ian’s research interests are focused around genetic and epigenetic aspects of haematology and blood cancers, as well as the role of epigenetics in development. His work includes: studying childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and its molecular origins; studying the epigenetics of myelodysplastic syndrome; identifying epigenetic differences between individuals; and the biochemical mechanisms behind familial thrombocytopenia.
After graduating from Otago with a medical degree, Ian took up a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Washington. It was during this time that he recognised the potential for research in all areas of pathology and laboratory medicine. In the years since, he has built a career as both a diagnostic haematologist and a researcher, maximising the synergies between the two.