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  • Fia Jephson Sandstrom Administrator
  • Dr Hu Zhang Research Collaboration Manager

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Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Clinical Haematology


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  • Dr Jack Dummer Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine
  • Dr Ben Brockway Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine
  • Emeritus Professor Robin Taylor Emeritus Professor in Respiratory Medicine
  • Jan Cowan Research Manager
  • Jo Wass Research Nurse


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Lecturers and Teaching Fellows

Postgraduate students

PhD candidates

  • Hamish Angus, "Investigation into T cell mediated Crohn's Disease and adaption into an organoid model". Supervisors: Associate Professor Roslyn Kemp (Microbiology and Immunology); Associate Professor Grant Butt (Physiology); Associate Professor Michael Schultz (Medicine)

  • Miranda Buhler, "The impact of base of thumb osteoarthritis and the effectiveness of orthotic management". Supervisors: Dr Cathy Chapple, Professor David Baxter (Physiotherapy); Associate Professor Simon Stebbings (Medicine)

  • Suranga Dassanayake, "Risk of obstructive sleep apnoea in poorly controlled hypertension – a study of two population groups". Supervisors: Dr Margot Skinner (Physiotherapy); Associate Professor Debra Waters, Dr Ben Brockway (Medicine)

  • Carrie Falling, "Persistent musculoskeletal pain among individuals with immune-mediated chronic inflammatory conditions". Supervisors: Dr Ramakrishnan Mani, Professor David Baxter (Physiotherapy); Associate Professor Simon Stebbings (Medicine)

  • Travis Gibbons, "The influence of independent and combined environmental stressors on cerebrovascular function". Supervisors: Professor Jim Cotter (Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences); Professor Phil Ainslie (External); Dr Luke Wilson (Medicine); Dr Kate Thomas (DSM - Surgical Sciences)

  • Angela Greenman, "Cellular Mechanisms of Diabetic Cardiac Dysfunction". Supervisors: Dr Chris Baldi (Medicine); Dr Jeff Erickson (Physiology)

  • Renée Hamel, "Impact of cardiovascular and respiratory deconditioning on physical activity in outpatient adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury". Supervisors: Professor Leigh Hale (Physiotherapy); Associate Professor James Smoliga (External); Associate Professor Debra Waters (Medicine)

  • Roisin Hegarty, "Developing a patient-informed treatment approach for improving quality of life among people with arthritis-related fatigue". Supervisors: Dr Gareth Treharne, Dr Tamlin Connor (Psychology); Associate Professor Simon Stebbings (Medicine)

  • Dr Kristin Kenrick, "Recognising and managing coeliac disease in NZ: How can we do better". Associate Professor Chrys Jaye (GP); Professor Andrew Day (Paeds CSM); Associate Professor Michael Schultz (Medicine)

  • Prakash Khadka, "Inhaled rifampicin for treating tuberculosis".  Dr Shyamal Das (Pharmacy); Professor Philip Hill (DSM - Preventive and Social Medicine); Dr Jack Dummer (Medicine)

  • Lis Latta, "Undergraduate medical and nursing education in palliative care, and new graduates' self efficacy and attitudes towards caring for people who are dying". Dr Richard Egan (DSM - Preventive and Social Medicine); Professor Rob Walker (Medicine); Dr Jean Ross (External)

  • Shu-Fen Claudia Leong, "Microbiota and diet in infants and children.". Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath, Dr Jill Haszard (Human Nutrition); Professor Rachael Taylor (Medicine); Professor Gerald Tannock (Microbiology and Immunology); Dr Ewa Szymlek-Gay (External) (Pharmacology)

  • Paulomi Mehta, "Deciphering the underlying genetics of lithium induced kidney fibrosis". Supervisors: Dr Tania Slatter (Pathology); Professor Rob Walker (Medicine)

  • Mohammed Moharram, "Advanced echocardiographic imaging in ischaemic heart disease". Supervisors: Dr Sean Coffey, Professor Michael Williams (Medicine)

  • Silke Morrison, "Does not getting enough sleep change what children eat?". Supervisors: Professor Rachael Taylor (Medicine); Associate Professor Barbara Galland (DSM - Women's and Children's Health), Dr Jill Haszard, (Department of Human Nutrition)

  • Yann Huey Ng, "Study on diabetic cardiac cells dysfunction using single cell physiology system". Supervisors: Dr Chris Baldi (Medicine); Dr Regis Lamberts (Physiology)

  • Tyson Perez, "Temporal lobe epilepsy". Supervisors: Professor Dirk de Ridder (DSM - Surgical Sciences); Dr Sook Ling Leong, Dr Luke Wilson, Professor Patrick Manning (Medicine); Professor Paul Glue (DSM - Psychological Medicine)

  • Estelle Peyroux, "Development of a novel anti-inflammatory therapy for inflammatory bowel disease and ankylosing spondylitis". Supervisors: Professor Sarah Young (Pathology); Dr Greg Walker (Pharmacy); Emeritus Professor John Highton (Medicine)

  • Amelié Poilliot, "A study on the relation between sacroiliac pathology and fatty infiltration within the sacroiliac complex". Supervisors: Associate Professor Niels Hammer (Anatomy); Professor Terence Doyle (Medicine)

  • Chaya Ranasinghe, "Diet, activity and cardio-metabolic health during the transition from primary to secondary school". Supervisors: Dr Paula Andrews, Dr Katherine Black, Dr Jill Haszard (Human Nutrition), Dr Kim Meredith-Jones (Medicine)

  • Sarah Rhodes, "Does text messaging enhance motivation to improve physical activity levels and emotional health in adults with obstructive sleep apnoea?". Supervisors: Dr Margot Skinner (Phyiostherapy); Associate Professor Debra Waters, Dr Ben Brockway (Medicine)

  • Joyeeta Roy, "MicroRNA biomarkers and Parkinson's Disease". Supervisors: Dr Joanna Wiliams (Anatomy); Dr Nicholas Cutfield (Medicine)

  • Troy Ruhe, "Circuit-based exercise within Cook Islands Communities". Supervisors: Dr Lynette Jones (Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Medicine); Associate Professor Tai Sopoaga (DSM - Dean's Department); Associate Professor Debra Waters (Medicine)

  • Kiri Sharp, "Dietary approaches for weight loss in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease". Supervisors: Dr Kirsten Coppell, Associate Professor Michael Schultz (Medicine)

  • Nick Shields, "Adoptive therapy of colorectal cancer". Supervisors: Associate Professor Sarah Young (Pathology); Dr Chris Jackson (Medicine)

  • Leena Shoemaker, "Cognition and cerebrovascular function: dependence on age, fitness and exercise modality". Supervisors: Professor Jim Cotter (Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Medicine); Dr Luke Wilson (Medicine); Associate Professor Liana Machado (Psychology); Dr Sam Lucas (Physiology)

  • Kanchana Subasinghe,"Biological characterisation of morphological alterations of the cornea following cross-linking treatment". Supervisors: Professor George Dias (Anatomy); Dr Kelechi Ogbuehi, Dr Logan Mitchell (Medicine)

  • Lara Vlietstra, "Screening and treating “pro-dromal” sarcopenia and sarcopenic obesity". Supervisors: Dr Kim Meredith-Jones, Associate Professor Debra Waters (Medicine); Dr Lynette Jones (Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Medicine)

  • David Wang, "Optimizing treatment regimens for human cancers". Supervisors: Dr Noelyn Hung (Pathology); Dr Chris Jackson (Medicine)

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Master's, Honours, and Postgraduate Diploma students

  • Luke Barker, (MSc neuroscience candidate), "Sports-related concussion management". Supervisors: Dr Hamish Osborne, Dr Sierra Beck (Medicine); Dr Jim Cotter (Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences)

  • Richard Bell, (BMedSci (hons) candidate), "Effects of adding high intensity interval training (HIIT) versus moderate intensity continuous training (MICT) to a resistance training protocol". Supervisors: Dr Lynette Jones (Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences); Dr Chris Baldi (Medicine).

  • Dr Ammar Binsadiq, (MOphth candidate), "Corneal endothelial cell density in eyes that have undergone Molteno Implant surgery using specular microscopy". Supervisors: Dr Kelechi Ogbuehi (Medicine)

  • Dr Sheng Chiong Hong, (MOphth candidate), "Smart-phone Fundus Imaging". Supervisors: Dr Logan Mitchell, Professor Rob Walker, Dr Paul Hessian (Medicine); Dr Graham Wilson (Gisborne)

  • Ryder Fuimaono, (BMedSci (hons) candidate), "Does a novel genetic variant, highly expressed in Samoans, explain their increased propensity to developing Chronic Kidney Disease?". Supervisors: Associate Professor Fa'afetai Sopoaga (DSM - Dean's department); Professor Rob Walker (Medicine)

  • Dr Aisyah Ibrahim, (MMedSci candidate), "Journey of colorectal cancer patients in the Otago and Southland regions and whether the Faster Cancer Treatment programme has made a difference". Supervisors: Dr Christopher Jackson (Medicine); Professor Sarah Derret (DSM - Preventive and Social Medicine)

  • Dr Ben O’Keeffe, (MOphth candidate), "The effect of raised eye pressure after cataract surgery on optic nerve and macular microstructure using spectral-domain OCT". Supervisors: Dr Logan Mitchell (Medicine); Professor Tony Wells (Wellington)

  • Kelsey Paterson, (MDiet candidate). Supervisors: Dr Tracey Perry (Human Nutrition); Dr Sharon Pattison (Medicine)

  • Elizabeth Peterson, (MPH candidate), "Quality of Life Outcomes for older people with Chronic Kidney Disease". Supervisors: Professor Sarah Derrett, Dr Emma Wyeth (DSM - Preventive and Social Medicine); Professor Rob Walker (Medicine); Mr Ari Samaranayaka (DSM - Dean's Department)

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