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John PearsonResearch Associate Professor

MSc PhD(Auck)



  • 2008 - Biostatistical consultant with the Otago University, Christchurch.
  • 2006 - 2008 Statistical analyst then senior research statistician at Statistics New Zealand where I worked on economic surveys and strategic development
  • 2001 - 2006 Bioinformatics statistician then senior statistician at Vialactia Biosciences (NZ) Ltd, where I worked on animal studies, microarray analysis and design, experimental design, genetics
  • 1998 - 2001 Lecturer in statistics at the University of Auckland
  • Member of the New Zealand Statistics Association.

Research Interests

  • Microarrays
  • Genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Statistical Computing
  • Survey Methods


Hock, B. D., Goddard, L., MacPherson, S. A., Strother, M., Gibbs, D., Pearson, J. F., & McKenzie, J. L. (2023). Levels and in vitro functional effects of circulating anti-hinge antibodies in melanoma patients receiving the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab. PLoS ONE, 18(9), e0290793. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0290793

Sulit, A. K., Daigneault, M., Allen-Vercoe, E., Silander, O. K., Hock, B., McKenzie, J., Pearson, J., Frizelle, F. A., Schmeier, S., & Purcell, R. (2023). Bacterial lipopolysaccharide modulates immune response in the colorectal tumor microenvironment. npj Biofilms & Microbiomes, 9, 59. doi: 10.1038/s41522-023-00429-w

Sulit, A. K., Wilson, K., Pearson, J., Silander, O. K., Sampurno, S., Michael, M., … Frizelle, F., & Purcell, R. V. (2023). Human gene and microbial analyses in rectal cancer complete responses to radiotherapy. BJS Open, 7(3), zrad035. doi: 10.1093/bjsopen/zrad035

Lee, M. S., Pearson, J., Purcell, R., Frizelle, F., & Glyn, T. (2023). Risk of colorectal cancer in patients with appendicitis over the age of 40 years. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 93(Suppl. 1), (pp. 43). doi: 10.1111/ans.18394

Leadbetter, R., MacAskill, M., Myall, D. J., Taylor, B. V., Joshi, P., NZMSPS group, including Pearson, J. F., Clarke, G., Abernethy, D. A., & Mason, D. F. (2023). Multiple sclerosis mortality in New Zealand: A nationwide prospective study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2022-330582

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