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The Maurice Wilkins Centre's affiliate investigators include early to mid career researchers and the large cohort of PhD and MSc students supported by the Centre.

The Centre is proud to be training the next generation of scientific leaders, and provides career development opportunities specifically targeted to its affiliates.

Affiliate Investigators

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  • Dr Maria Abbattista

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Haniyeh Aghababa

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland

  • Ms Marzieh Ahangarpour

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Priyadarshana Ajithkumar

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Ms Abeer Al-Zubaidi

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland 

  • Ms Suzan Almomani

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Ms Sekotilani Aloi 

    Department of Chemistry- University of Otago

  • Pegah Amiri

    Department of Biomedical Sciences- Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Emma Andrews

    School of Biological Sciences- Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Hamish Angus

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology - University of Otago

  • Dr Jisha Antony

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Mr Zin Khant Aung

    Department of Anatomy - University of Otago   

  • Mr Rakesh Banerjee

    Department of Pathology- University of Otago

  • Mr Olly Bayley

    School of Chemical and Physical Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Sam Blanchett

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland

  • Ms Abigail Bland

    Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology - University of Otago

  • Dr Adrian Blaser

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Rebekah Bower

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Mr Joe Bracegirdle

    School of Physical and Chemical Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Alistair Brown

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Matthew Bull

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Esther Bulloch

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Rudy Bundela

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Ms Hannah Burden

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Sophie Burling

    School of Fundamental Sciences- Massey University

  • Ms Erica Burns

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland 

  • Mr Mark Calcott

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Scott Cameron

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Alan Cameron

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Rosannah Cameron

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Colm Carraher

    Plant and Food Research

  • Ms Aparajita Chakraborty

    Massey University 

  • Dr George Chang

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Augustine Chen

    Department of Biochemistry - University of Otago

  • Dr Ashika Chhana

    Department of Medicine - University of Auckland

  • Ms Alice Chin

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago 

  • Dr Peter Choi

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Clara Chong

    Liggins Institute - University of Auckland

  • Ms Fiona Clow

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Taylor Cooney

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Jack Copping

    Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences - Massey University 

  • Mr Michael Currie

    School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury

  • Dr Randall D'Souza

    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Rachel Darnell

    Department of Microbiology & Immunology - University of Otago

  • Dr Andrew Das

    Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science - University of Otago (Christchurch)

  • Ms Naomi Davies

    School of Medicine - The University of Auckland 

  • Mr James Davies

    Biomolecular Interaction Centre - University of Canterbury

  • Dr Emma Davison

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Ms Cintya Del Rio

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Nikita Deo

    Department of Biochemistry - University of Otago

  • Dr Ben Dickson

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland

  • Dr James Dickson

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Alicia Didsbury

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Ivo Dimitrov

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland 

  • Ms Waruni Dissanayake

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland

  • Dr Patrick Edwards

    Institute of Fundamental Sciences - Massey University

  • Ms Ramona Eiholzer

    Department of Pathology- University of Otago

  • Ms Jennifer Eom

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Gloria Evans

    Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology - University of Otago (Christchurch)

  • Mr Tayaza Fadason

    Liggins Institute - University of Auckland

  • Dr Effie Fan

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria Univeristy of Wellington

  • Dr Scott Ferguson

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology - The University of Otago 

  • Dr Laura Ferrer

    Malaghan Institute of Medical Research 

  • Mr Shaun Ferris

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Mr Mohammad Firoozinia

    Ferrier Research Insitute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Matthew Fisk

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Ms Sandra Fitzgerald

    School of Medical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Damien Fleetwood

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Daniel Foley

    School of Physical and Chemical Sciences - University of Canterbury

  • Mr Richard Fong

    Institute of Fundamental Sciences - Massey University 

  • Mr Jared Freeman

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Regan Fu

    Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

  • Mr Simon Fung

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Jakob Gaar

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Mr Mitch Ganley

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Ms Angeline Garcia

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Michael Garelja

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Ms Nouri Ghamri

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland

  • Mr Joseph Gingell

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Mr David Goodman

    School of Chemical - University of Auckland

  • Mr Phillip Grant

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Natasha Grimsey

    Department of Pharmacology - University of Auckland

  • Dr Tracy Hale

    Institute of Fundamental Sciences - Massey University

  • Ms Kelsi Hall

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Cyril Hamiaux 

    Plant and Food Research 

  • Ms Georgi Hampton

    Department of Biochemistry - University of Otago

  • Dr Muhammad Hanif

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Elena Harjes

    Institute of Fundamental Sciences - Massey University 

  • Mr Liam Harold

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology - University of Otago

  • Dr Chris Hedges

    Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Kimiora Henare

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Luke Henderson

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Mr Yann Hermant

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Ms Kerry Hilligan

    Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

  • Dr Colin Hisey

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology -  The University of Auckland

  • Dr Ngoc Anh Thu (Thu) Ho

    College of Science- University of Canterbury

  • Dr Jennifer Hollywood

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland 

  • Dr Jiwon Hong

    Department of Surgery - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Chris Horne

    Biomolecular Interaction Centre - University of Canterbury

  • Ms Anežka Hoskins

    Department of Biochemistry - University of Otago

  • Mr Stuart Irwin

    School of Medicine - Unviersity of Auckland

  • Ms Lupe Isaia

    Dunedin School of Medicine -  University of Otago

  • Ms Soumeya Ali Jaballah

    Malaghan Institute of Medical Research 

  • Ms Victoria Jackson

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland 

  • Dr Jagdish Kumar Jaiswal

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland

  • Mr Aqfan Jamaluddin

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland 

  • Ms Megan Jamieson

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland 

  • Mr Nadishka Jayawardena

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology - University of Otago

  • Mr Aidan Joblin-Mills

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Jiney Jose

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Maria Kalyukina

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Mohinder Kaplish

    Department of Anatomy - University of Otago 

  • Mr Johanes Kasim

    School of Biological Sciences -  The University of Auckland

  • Dr Iman Kavianinia

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland 

  • Dr Marina Kazantseva

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago 

  • Dr Inken Kelch

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr William Kelton

    Faculty of Science and Engineering- University of Waikato

  • Dr Jeremy Keown

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Sarah Kessans

    Department of Chemistry - University of Canterbury

  • Ms Parastoo Khajeaian

    Department of Chemistry - Victoria University of Wellington 

  • Ms Te-Rina King-Hudson

    Biomolecular Interaction Centre - University of Canterbury

  • Dr Nicholas Knowlton

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland 

  • Ms Nadiia Kovalenko

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Andrew Kralicek

    Plant and Food Research

  • Dr Katrin Kramer

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Mr Ben Krinkle

    School of  Biological Sciences- University of Auckland

  • Ms Preeti Kundu

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Harikrishan Kurup

    School of Fundamental Sciences - Massey University

  • Dr Tet-Woo Lee

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland

  • Dr Verne Lee

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Kunyu Li

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Dr Lydia Liew

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland 

  • Dr Henry Li

    Biomolecular Interaction Centre - University of Canterbury

  • Dr Khoon Lim

    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine - University of Otago (Christchurch)

  • Dr Barbara Lipert

    Auckland Cancer Society Research - University of Auckland

  • Dr Evert Jan Loef

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland 

  • Dr Natalie Lorenz

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Michael Love

    Biomolecular Interaction Centre - Unversity of Canterbury

  • Mr Ben Lu

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Mr Wouter van Leeuwen

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland

  • Dr Joanna MacKichan

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Judith Marsman

    Department of Surgical Sciences - Unviersity of Otago

  • Mr Stewart Masson

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland 

  • Ms Juby Mathew

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Akarsh Mathrani

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Ms Joanna Mathy

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Mr Issam Mayas

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Mr Jordan McCone

    School of Chemical and Physical Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Reuben McGregor

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland 

  • Ms Rose McLellan

    Ferrier Research Institute - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Ms Sarah Meidinger

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Mr Martin Middleditch

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Adam Middleton

    Department of Biochemsitry - University of Otago 

  • Dr Christian Miller

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Jaye Moors

    Department of Biochemistry - University of Otago

  • Dr Luis Munoz-Erazo 

    Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

  • Ms Shereen Asha Murugayah 

    Department of Biochemistry - The University of Otago 

  • Dr David Musson 

    Department of Medicine - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Maran Muthiah

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Anita Muthukaruppan

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - University of Auckland

  • Mr Howard Maxwell

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology- University of Otago

  • Dr Dorit Naot

    Department of Medicine - University of Auckland 

  • Dr  Pritika Narayan

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Science

  • Dr Silke Neumann

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Dr David Nickerson

    Auckland Bioengineering Institute - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Rachel North

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury

  • Mr Denis Nyaga

    Liggins Institute - Univeristy of Auckland

  • Mr Jake Oh

    School of Medical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Ms Keely Oldham

    School of Science- University of Waikato

  • Dr Tifany Oulavallickal

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria Unviersity of Wellington

  • Ms Saem Park

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Priyali Patel

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland

  • Mr Michael Perkinson

    Department of Physiology - University of Otago

  • Ms Hayley Prescott

    Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences - Massey University

  • Mr Chris Puliuvea

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Luis De Leon Rodriguez

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Ms Zohaib Rana

    Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology - University of Otago

  • Ms Sankalita Ray

    Department of Pathology- University of Otago

  • Mr Martin Rennie

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Janet Rhodes

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology - University of Otago 

  • Ms Mie Riisom

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Mohammed Rizwan

    Department of Anatomy - University of Otago 

  • Ms Ruby Roach

    School of Fundamental Sciences - Massey University

  • Ms Tamsin Robb

    School of Medical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Ilva Rupenthal

    Department of Ophthamology - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Euan Russell

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology - University of Otago

  • Ms Maryam Saberi

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology -  The University of Auckland

  • Mr Soroush Safaei

    Auckland Bioengineering Institute - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Veronika Sander

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland 

  • Ms Alessandra Santana

    Environmental Science Research

  • Dr Viji Sarojini

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland 

  • Mr William Schierding

    Liggins Institute - The University of Auckland 

  • Ms Megan Schischka

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Ms Swapnoleena Sen

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago 

  • Ms Shamim Shadfar

    Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences - Massey University 

  • Ms Abby Sharrock

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Daniel Sheppard

    Ferrier Research Institute- Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Oscar Shepperson 

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Jeffrey Sheridan

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Mr Shevan Silva

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - University of Auckland 

  • Mr Denis Simonov

    Department of Surgery and Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland

  • Mr Nathan Skinner

    Department of Physiology - University of Otago

  • Ms Kar Yan Soh

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland

  • Ms Soo Jung (Aimee) Son

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Dr Aaron Stevens

    Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science - University of Otago, Christchurch

  • Mr Luke Stevenson

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington

  • Dr Louise Stubbing

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Ms Stephanie Stuteley

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Otago

  • Ms Bo Sun

    Department of Physiology - University of Auckland

  • Dr Simon Swift

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Pipat Tangjaidee

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Zoe Tasma

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Tamasin Taylor

    Auckland University of Technology 

  • Ms Meg Taylor

    Department of Biochemistry- University of Otago

  • Ms Evie Templeton

    Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - University of Otago, Christchurch

  • Ms Smitha Tipparaju

    School of Biological Sciences - The University of Auckland 

  • Dr Petr Tomek

    Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre - The University of Auckland

  • Miss Juliana Tong

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Khan Tran

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland

  • Mr William Tremlett

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland

  • Dr Catherine Tsai

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Kelvin Tong

    School of Chemical Sciences- University of Auckland

  • Mr Alireza Tavakolinejad

    Auckland Bioengineering Institute- University of Auckland

  • Ms Zakieh Vahdati

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland 

  • Ms Sanaz Vakili

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Mr Fearghal Walsh

    School of Chemical Sciences- The University of Auckland

  • Dr Claire (Qian) Wang

    Department of Molecular Medicine - University of Auckland 

  • Mrs Yue Wang

    Liggins Institute- The University of Auckland

  • Ms Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology - The University of Otago 

  • Mr Johannes Weijman

    Department of Biochemistry - University of Otago

  • Ms Alana Whitcombe

    School of Medical Sciences - University of Auckland 

  • Dr Anna Wiles

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago 

  • Ms Elyse Williams

    School of Chemical Sciences - University of Auckland 

  • Ms Jessika Wise

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago

  • Ms Akazong Wonake

    School of Physical and Chemical Sciences- University of Canterbury

  • Mr David Wood

    School of Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury

  • Mr Jonathan Woodhead

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - University of Auckland 

  • Dr Adele Woolley

    Department of Pathology - University of Otago 

  • Mr Ethan Woolly

    School of Biological Sciences - Victoria University of Wellington 

  • Mr Horace (Ho) Yeung

    School of Chemical Sciences - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Essie Van Zuylen

    Department of Microbiology and Immunology - University of Otago

  • Mr John (Zhiyong) Yang

    Auckland University of Technology

  • Ms Niloofar Zandvakili

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland

  • Ms Hannah Zhu

    Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology - The University of Auckland