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Professor Ian Morison

Professor Ian MorisonMB ChB, BMedSc, PhD, FRCPA(Haem)

Professor Ian Morison is a research haematologist at the University of Otago.

Ian's research interests are focused around genetic and epigenetic aspects of haematology and blood cancers, as well as the role of epigenetics in development. His work includes: studying childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and its molecular origins; studying the epigenetics of myelodysplastic syndrome; identifying epigenetic differences between individuals; and the biochemical mechanisms behind familial thrombocytopenia.

After graduating from Otago with a medical degree, Ian took up a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Washington. It was during this time that he recognised the potential for research in all areas of pathology and laboratory medicine. In the years since, he has built a career as both a diagnostic haematologist and a researcher, maximising the synergies between the two.


Adriaansen, M. J., Morison, I. M., & Perry, H. E. (2024). Discrepancies between two D-dimer assays and impact on clinical decisions: A retrospective analysis of samples tested in community- and hospital-based laboratories in Auckland. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1589), 12-19. Retrieved from

Powell, R. M., Moravec, J. C., Jones, G. T., Bhat, B., Lin, S. M., Planer, J. D., … Pattison, S., Morison, I. M., … Eccles, M. R., & Macaulay, E. C. (2024). DNA methylation profiling of heterogeneous sporadic LAM and matched lung tissue. American Journal of Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology, 70(1), 81-84. doi: 10.1165/rcmb.2023-0300LE

Ronayne, C., Morison, I., & Hancox, B. (2023). Looking through the lipid glass: Is everything as it seems? In T. Milne, M. Anwar, L. Burga, H. Harcombe, M. Garelja, A. Middleton, D. C. Ribeiro, N. Fleming, K. Ogbuehi & A. Bahn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 266th Otago Medical School Research Society (OMSRS) Meeting: Research Staff Speaker Awards. Dunedin, New Zealand: OMSRS. Retrieved from

Dunnet, M. J., Ortega-Recalde, O. J., Waters, S. A., Weeks, R. J., Morison, I. M., & Hore, T. A. (2022). Leukocyte-specific DNA methylation biomarkers and their implication for pathological epigenetic analysis. Epigenetics Communications, 2, 5. doi: 10.1186/s43682-022-00011-z

Dunnet, M. J., Ortega-Recalde, O. J., Waters, S. A., Weeks, R. J., Morison, I. M., & Hore, T. A. (2022, August). Cell-specific DNA methylation patterns of leukocytes and their implication for epigenetic analyses of health and disease. Verbal presentation at the Cancer Satellite Meeting: Queenstown Research Week, Queenstown, New Zealand.

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