The Maurice Wilkins Centre has nine non-management Principal Investigators, each leaders of a Maurice Wilkins Centre research flagship programme.
Principal Investigators (non-management)
Professor Vic ArcusBSc, MSc, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Vic Arcus is a leader of the ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’ flagship research programme.
He is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato. His research group is interested in the structural and functional biology of microbial toxin-antitoxin networks, with particular focus on Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The group are also interested in developing transition state analogues as enzyme inhibitors. These inhibitors can be the launching pad for new antibiotics.
Prof Arcus earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of Waikato before completing a PhD at Cambridge University in the UK. He spent eight years at the University of Auckland before returning to the University of Waikato in 2006.
In 2017, he received the prestigious James Cook Research Fellowship to support his work in ‘Macromolecular Rate Theory (MMRT): The temperature dependence of biological rates from enzymes to ecosystems’.
Professor Michael EcclesBSc(Hons), PhD email@example.com
Professor Michael Eccles is a leader of the 'Genomic Approaches to Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment' flagship research programme.
Professor Eccles heads the Developmental Genetics Group within the Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago. The group aims to identify key developmental mechanisms associated with cancer progression, resistance to treatment, and metastasis.
Professor Eccles holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Otago. He is presently the Chair in Cancer Pathology at the University of Otago and is a science adviser to ANZNET, Neuroendocrine Tumour Research Group.