Joel 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.
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Jo has a background in applied linguistics and education, with a PhD in intercultural language teaching and learning, and a Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching. Prior to joining the Health Sciences Divisional Office, Jo worked in administration in the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics.
Working now as an Assistant Research Fellow, Jo splits her time between two roles. She is an assistant to the Director of Health Sciences First Year and she provides international student support working with the Associate Dean (International).
Jo is Director of Health Sciences First Year and Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her research is focused on developing an improved tuberculosis vaccine. As well as testing novel vaccination approaches, Jo is studying how the BCG vaccine for tuberculosis enhances innate immune responses in the lung and whether these responses exhibit features of immunological memory.
Jo received her PhD from the University of Otago in 1999 and undertook postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health (USA) before returning to New Zealand as an HRC Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellow. Jo became the Infectious Diseases Group Leader at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington in 2002 then returned to the University of Otago as an academic in 2012.
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.
Chrys 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.’