Associate Dean (Research)
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.
Deputy Associate Dean (Research)
Associate Professor Peter Jones gained his PhD in Leeds, UK before undertaking a postdoctoral position in Calgary, Canada. He joined the University of Otago in 2010. His research looks at how disturbances in calcium release leads to arrhythmias and heart failure. Specifically, he studies changes in the function of a protein called RyR2. More recently he has also begun to examine the role of RyR2 and calcium release in neurons and how altered function can lead to seizures and Alzheimer's disease.
Pete is Co-director of the HeartOtago research theme, a group of cardiovascular researcher, cardiologists and surgeons based at the University of Otago. He is also a council member of the International Society of Heart Research and board member for the New Zealand International Science Festival.
Research and Development Manager
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.
Research Infrastructure Centre Manager
Professor Sarah Hook
Research Infrastructure Centre Manager
Research Infrastructure Centre Administrator
Scientific Officer – Research and Development
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.
Scientific Officer – Māori Health Advancement
Howard is from Ōpōtiki and has recently completed his PhD in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, which focused on the regulation of bacterial CRISPR-Cas systems. He is now the Scientific Officer for Māori Health Advancement in the Division of Health Sciences. He sees research as a powerful tool to create real change for Māori communities. His role is to assist academics within the Division to develop their research in a manner that is responsive to Māori aspirations, and meets the expectations of Vision Mātauranga and Māori Health Advancement.
Māori Health Advancement
Maria is a Research Fellow working in the area of research impact. She helps to support researchers understand, plan for and evaluate their impact. Maria is a registered physiotherapist and has a Masters in Health Leadership. She is currently undertaking her PhD on the pathway to research impact in Aotearoa New Zealand.