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Professor Joel Tyndall, Associate Dean (International)

Joel Tyndall imageJoel is a medicinal chemist based in the School of Pharmacy with over 20 years of research and teaching experience as an academic. Joel's research interests span the field of drug discovery in the fields of infectious and inflammatory diseases as well as cancer with an emphasis on understanding disease and disease targets on a molecular level.

He has recently held the position of the School's Associate Dean Internationalisation. He has been a member of the Health Sciences Internationalisation Committee since its inception and has been active in establishing and maintaining fruitful international collaborations, including the development of articulation agreements with universities in South East Asia.

Internationalisation of the Division is an important focus for us all, and Joel will play a key role in encouraging all areas of Health Sciences to enhance their commitment to internationalising teaching, research and service.

Information for international students considering studying with Health Sciences:
International students in Health Sciences


Joel Tyndall
Associate Dean (International)
Tel +64 3 479 7293

Jackie Tagg imageDr Jackie Tagg, Professional Practice Fellow

Jackie  has a background in tertiary education, specialising in teaching English and academic skills to international students. Her PhD explored the advantages of EAP bridging programs for EAL international students. Currently, she is involved in a research project investigating how cultural backgrounds of university teaching staff and postgraduate students might influence their well-being, teaching and learning experiences in a Western university context.

Jackie’s role covers a number of areas in the Divisional Office: she supports the Director Health Sciences First Year, is the Division's International Advisor; provides language and cultural guidance for students for whom English is an additional language; and is the representative for the Refugee Background Equity Group for the Te Kauae Parāoa policy.


Jackie Tagg
Professional Practice Fellow
Tel +64 3 479 3935

Professor Fiona McDonald, Director of Health Sciences First Year


Fiona McDonald

Professor Lois Surgenor, Associate Dean (Academic)

Lois is Divisional Associate Dean (Academic) in the Divisional office though is based at the University of Otago, Christchurch campus. As well as Associate Dean duties (.3FTE) she is also Associate Professor in Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch (.5FTE) with the remainder of her time working as a professional advisor for a health regulatory authority.

Lois currently conducts research in the diverse areas of eating / weight disorders, brain injury and health practitioner regulation. She is on the Editorial Board of two international journals and regularly serves on professional and government health practice guideline groups in New Zealand and Australia.


Lois Surgenor
Associate Dean (Academic)
Tel +64 3 479 7421

Professor Chrys Jaye, Associate Dean Postgraduate, Health Sciences Division

Chrys Jaye ImageChrys is a medical anthropologist based in the Dunedin School of Medicine for 20 years. Her research interests are eclectic, and have included explorations of teaching and learning, and the operation of communities of practice in clinical settings. At the moment she is focused on topics in rural health, ageing, and moral economy. She is also the Director of the CARE Research Theme.'


Chrys Jaye
Tel +64 3 479 5767

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