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Dr Kate Lee

Kate is a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland working in part with Professor Peter Shepherd on various projects and in part on her own independent HRC funded research programme. Her area of expertise is pancreatic Islets of Langerhans but her research covers the secretion and function of islet hormones including IGF-II and IGF-II-derived-peptides, as well as studying the biological consequence of diabetes-associated gene variants in cell and animal models.  Kate was a founding member and later Chair of the School of Biological Sciences Postdoctoral Society (PDS) and is currently co-chair of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences PDS. Her drives for wanting to set up such a group and for overseeing were to primarily to provide ECRs with a network allowing them to access their peers and receive each other’s wisdom (and gripes). Officially termed ‘peer-mentorship’. She has substantial expertise in the ECR space, and as such makes an excellent addition to the committee.