Our People

juliahorsfieldnewA/Prof Julia Horsfield

Principal Investigator, CSDG,
Director, Genetics Otago and Otago Zebrafish Facility

Tel 64 3 479 7436
Email: julia.horsfield@otago.ac.nz

jisha2Jisha Antony

Research Fellow
Email: jisha.antony@otago.ac.nz

Jisha completed her PhD in 2011 from the University of Auckland. Her project involves investigating the role of cohesin in cancer biology.

Noel JhinkuNoel Jhinku

Otago Zebrafish Facility Technician
Email: noel.jhinku@otago.ac.nz

Noel Jhinku is responsible for the day-to-day fish husbandry and water quality within the facility and can advise with regard to fish life support systems.

Noel has a BSc and two postgraduate diplomas in Science (one in Anatomy and Structural Biology; the other in Marine Science) from the University of Otago. He also holds certificates in General and Advanced Aquatics. In his previous roles, Noel worked for the Department of Conservation, Otago Museum and the Orokonui Ecosanctuary. His interest in fish extends to keeping his own collection of tropical freshwater, marine and coldwater fishes.

Stephanie LeeStephanie Lee

Otago Zebrafish Facility Assistant Research Fellow
Email: stephanie.lee@otago.ac.nz

Stephanie completed her PhD in 2014 at Otago University on the control of sex determination in zebrafish. She is currently working on a number of zebrafish related projects in the Otago Zebrafish Facility, including assigning function to genetic variants in human disease.

Nima PurvisNima Purvis

Assistant Research Fellow
Email: nima.purvis@otago.ac.nz

Nima completed his PhD in 2019 in the Department of Physiology at the University of Otago. His interest in stem cell research in the context of disease led him to the Department of Pathology where he is now investigating the molecular mechanism that underlies chromosomal translocation in acute myeloid leukemia. He enjoys playing basketball and guitar in his spare time.

AnastasiaLAnastasia Labudina

Assistant Research Fellow
Email: anastasia.labudina@otago.ac.nz

Anastasia completed her Bachelors in Molecular Biology from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia in 2016. She then moved to Dresden, Germany where she completed her Masters in Regenerative Biology and Medicine. Her interest in epigenetics and regulation of three-dimensional genome structure brought her to Dunedin to enhance the skills and knowledge of the topic.
In her spare time, she enjoys photography, postcrossing and collecting mineral specimens.

SaradaSarada Ketharnathan

PhD student
Email: ketsa989@student.otago.ac.nz

Sarada completed her Masters in Human Genetics from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India. Her interest in molecular genetics fuels her PhD project, which involves zebrafish models of human disease, including genetic variants in gout and recurrent mutations in acute myeloid leukaemia.

Amarni2Amarni Thomas

PhD Student
Email: amarni.thomas@otago.ac.nz

Amarni completed her Masters in Genetics in 2015, and has returned to the lab in 2016 to study towards her PhD. Amarni's project involves investigating the control of Runx1 gene regulation by conserved non-coding elements, using the zebrafish model and mammalian cell lines.

Alice ChinChuevin Alice Chin

PhD Student
Email: chial728@student.otago.ac.nz

Alice completed her honours degree in Genetics at Massey University in 2014. She then moved to Otago University as a PhD student in 2015. She is currently working on a HRC-funded project in search for drugs that selectively kill leukemia cells with cohesin mutations. She finds research that could help improve people’s lives rewarding. In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, catching up with friends and sometimes staring into space.

bridgetmackieBridget Mackie

Genetics MSc Student (second year)
Email: bridget.mackie@gmail.com

In 2017, Bridget completed her BSc in Genetics at the University of Otago, and has been studying towards her MSc in our lab since 2018. Bridget is interested in how cohesin controls gene expression in developing stem cells in the zebrafish embryo.

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Department of Pathology
Dunedin School of Medicine
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

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Email csdg@otago.ac.nz