Professor Roslyn Kemp has a background in fundamental T cell biology in the context of homeostasis and cancer. Her current work focuses on the local immune response in people with colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases. Specifically, she studies the role of inflammation and the unique features of different subsets of T cells and myeloid cells; and how these cell subsets are involved in patient outcome.
Ros is the Secretary General of the International Union of Immunological Societies, responsible for leading policy and strategic direction, and representing the society with the World Health Organisation and the International Science Council. She has previously had leadership roles in the Australia and New Zealand Society for Immunology and the New Zealand Society of Oncology.
Paul Cooper is the John Arnaud Bell Professor of Oral Biology in the Department of Oral Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago. He has a degree in Genetics from Leeds University, UK, and a PhD in Cancer Genetics from the University of Birmingham, UK. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, New York, US, prior to returning to the UK to work in the pharmaceutical industry for Novartis. He was previously Professor of Oral Biology at the School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, where he also undertook several senior research and management roles. He joined the University of Otago in November 2019.
His dental research encompasses stem cell biology and tissue engineering, pulp biology, periodontal inflammation and photobiomodulation. In 2010, he received the Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and he is the current President of the Pulp Biology and Regeneration Group of IADR. He has published widely and has received significant funding from research councils, industry and charities, to support his work.
After completing her PhD on the PrP protein associated with bovine spongiform encephalopathy at Edinburgh University, Michele came to Otago to complete a Marsden-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry. Since then she has held a number of positions in the Division of Health Sciences, culminating in her present role.
Michele advises the Pro-Vice-Chancellor on all aspects of research strategy within the Division. This includes development of strategy, responses to government initiatives, and allocation of Divisional funding for research.
Claire started her career at the University of Otago teaching ethics in the Philosophy Department and the Bioethics Centre. Over the last ten years she has worked at the as a professional staff member. She has worked in managerial roles primarily in the Research Division (in the Graduate Research School) and the Division of Health Sciences (in the Faculty of Dentistry) and has enjoyed working with a wide range of teams across the institution. Immediately prior to the Research Infrastructure Manager role, she was a project manager working in the Enabling Excellence Programme focusing on a clinical administration process improvement project in the Faculty of Dentistry.
In addition to her formal work for the University, Claire is a member of the Ethical Behaviour Network and SMART (the Sexual Misconduct Action Response Team).
Manon came to Otago to do a PhD in Science Communication, looking at the importance of evidence in people’s health decision making. After finishing her PhD she worked as a researcher for the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Challenge before joining Research & Enterprise as a Research Advisor.
Manon’s role is to assist the Division’s Research and Development Manager. This includes managing the Summer Research Scholarship Programme, the PhD Travel Fund, and supporting the organisation of the annual Forum.