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Prof Anthony Butler (Christchurch campus)

Anthony Butler

Ph +64 (0) 3 378 6359 x86359
Mob +61 (0) 210 272 0806

Prof Anthony Butler is the Director of the Christchurch Bioengineering campus. He has strong record in scientific team leadership having played a key role in the development of the MARS CT research group. In 2010 he founded UOC’s Centre for Bioengineering (UOC) which has grown to have 4 full time permanent staff and 9 PhD students.

Dr Azam Ali (Dunedin campus)

PhD (Polymer and Biomaterials Sci. & Eng.)Azam Ali
Tel +64 3 479 7456
Mob +64 211397912


Dr. Azam Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Director of the Bioengineering Programme and Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine (Dunedin Hub), Division of Sciences, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Azam specialises in biomaterials science and bioengineering. He is an internationally recognised biomaterials expert who has published over 75 peer-reviewed publications (including book chapters, proceedings), holds 18 international patents and invented a number of medical devices which are currently commercialised in worldwide.

In addition of his science expertise, he has strong track record in leadership including projects, team/people and clients managements. At present he led the bioengineering academic program in the University of Otago. In 2014 he build a Biomaterials and Bioengineering research team which has now 14 members including 2 Postdoc, 5 PhD, 6 Masters Degree students.

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Lead researchers

Full and part-time staff 

Molecular Imaging

  • Prof Anthony Butler (University of Otago, Project leader)
  • Prof Phil Butler (Canterbury University, Project leader)
  • Assoc Prof Nigel Anderson (University of Otago)
  • Assoc Prof Steven Gieseg (University of Canterbury)
  • Assoc Prof Tim Woodfield (University of Otago)
  • Dr Steven Bell (Mars Bioimaging Ltd)
  • Dr Nanette Schleich (Radiation Therapy, UO)
  • Dr Khaled Gerish (University of Otago)
  • Prof Phil Bones (University of Canterbury)
  • Dr Peter Renaud (University of Canterbury)
  • Dr Christoph Bartneck (University of Canterbury)
  • Dr Juan Canales (University of Canterbury)
  • Dr David krofcheck (University of Auckland)
  • Dr Geoff Rodgers (University of Otago, postdoc)
  • Dr Mike Walsh (MBI, postdoc)
  • Dr Aamir Raja (University of Otago, postdoc)
  • Dr Niels de Ruiter (University of Otago, postdoc)
  • Dr Raj Panta (University of Otago, postdoc)
  • Dr Alex Chernoglazov (MBI, postdoc)

Engineered Therapeutics

Regenerative Medicine

  • Assoc Prof Tim Woodfield (University of Otago, UOC)
  • Dr Karsten Schrobback (University of Otago, Postdoc Fellow, UOC)
  • Prof Gary Hooper (Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery, UOC)
  • Dr Jeremy Simcock (Dept of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, UOC)
  • Prof Margreet Vissers (Dept of Pathology, UOC)
  • Dr George Dias (Dept of Anatomy, UO)
  • Dr Khaled Greish (Dept of Pathology & Toxicology, UO)
  • Assoc Prof Maan Alkaisi (Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UC)
  • Dr Volker Nock (Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UC)
  • Dr Geoff Rodgers (Dept of Mechanical Engineering, UC)
  • Prof Jillian Cornish (Dept of Medicine, UA)
  • Dr David Musson (Dept of Medicine, UA)
  • Dr Justin Fernandez (Auckland Bioengineering Institute, UA)
  • Prof Dietmar Hutmacher (Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, Queensland University of Technology)
  • Prof Paul Dalton (Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, Queensland University of Technology)
  • Dr Khoon Lim (University of Otago, Research Fellow)
  • Dr Leigh Elmers (University of Otago, Research Fellow)
  • Dr Isha Mutreja (University of Otago, postdoc)
  • Seamus Tredinnick (University of Otago, ARF)

Materials (University of Otago)


Medical computing

  • Richard Floyd (University of Otago , CDHB, Project Leader)
  • Anthony Butler (University of Otago, Scientific Lead)
  • Saxon Connor (CDHB, Clinical Lead)
  • Lynn Davies (CDHB)


Molecular Imaging

  • Mr Peter Hilton (University of Otago, Christchurch)
  • Ms Sam Gurney (University of Otago, Christchurch)