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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 Journal - Research Article

Morley-Bunker, A., Currie, M., Pearson, J., Mukundan, R., Gavruskin, A., Hemmings, C., Eglinton, T., & Walker, L. (2023, August). Utilisation of digital pathology and AI methods for the detection of MSI status in colorectal cancer. Verbal presentation at the 33rd Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting (QMB), Queenstown, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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 Journal - Research Article

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 Journal - Research Article

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 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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