Our People

juliahorsfieldnewProfessor 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.

Nilanjan GhoshNilanjan Ghosh

Assistant Research Fellow
Email: nil.ghosh@otago.ac.nz

Nilanjan completed his Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Masters in Pharmacology from India. He moved to New Zealand in 2017, and completed his PhD in the Department of Physiology at the University of Otago in December 2020. His interest in microRNA modulation and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing to prevent or treat disease led him to the Department of Pathology. Nilanjan's project involves analysing non-coding GWAS loci to identify key genes and pathways that underlie kidney function, urate control and gout, with clinical outcomes for all New Zealanders. He enjoys cooking and playing cricket in his spare time.

AnastasiaLAnastasia Labudina

PhD student
Email: laban125@student.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 where she is now studies how cohesin contributes to zebrafish development.
In her spare time, she enjoys photography, postcrossing and collecting mineral specimens.

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.

Honours, Diploma and Intern Students

Danielle Sewell, Honours Student (Genetics)
Email: sewda068@student.otago.ac.nz

Freya Weth, Honours Student (BBiomedSci)
Email: wethfreya@gmail.com

Milly Morice, Honours Student (Genetics)
Email: mormi526@student.otago.ac.nz


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

Tel 64 3 479 5509
Fax 64 3 479 5511
Email csdg@otago.ac.nz