Otago Zebrafish Facility Staff

The Otago Zebrafish Facility is operated by experienced staff who have expertise in the zebrafish research model.

Noel Jhinku

Otago Zebrafish Facility Manager
BSc PGDipSci

Noel Jhinku is responsible for the day-to-day fish husbandry and water quality within the facility and can advise with regard to fish life support systems. Noel is based in the Department of Pathology, University of Otago, in Dunedin.

Noel has a BSc and two postgraduate diplomas in Science (one in anatomy and structural biology; the other in marine science) from the University of Otago. He also holds certificates in General and Advanced Aquatics. Following university, Noel worked for several organisations in the public and private sector.

His interest in fish extends to keeping his own collection of tropical freshwater, marine, and coldwater fishes. When not at the facility, Noel helps to run a non-profit marine conservation organisation, Our Seas Our Future Charitable Trust.

Stephanie Lee

Assistant Research Fellow

Stephanie completed her PhD in the Otago Zebrafish Facility and in the Department of Anatomy. Her thesis is titled "A Transcriptomic Examination of Sexual Differentiation in Zebrafish, Danio rerio". Stephanie is now providing scientific support to researchers using the zebrafish model in the Otago Zebrafish Facility, and is based in the Department of Pathology, University of Otago, in Dunedin.

Kaj Kamstra

Fish Facility Assistant
BSc (Hons), PhD Candidate

Kaj is currently studying towards a PhD in neuroendocrinology, investigating how leptin is involved in the regulation of glucose homeostasis in the zebrafish. Kaj also provides day-to-day support in the facility to help meet regulations and to stay compliant. Kaj is based in the Tups Laboratory, Department of Physiology, University of Otago.

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