The Maurice Wilkins Centre's ten current management committee principal investigators are recognised internationally as leaders in their respective fields. The group includes two winners of the Rutherford Medal, the highest honour of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Principal Investigators (management)
DIRECTOR Professor Rod DunbarMBChB, PhD, FRSNZ firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Rod Dunbar trained as a doctor at Otago University, before gaining a Health Research Council training fellowship and completing his PhD in Wellington. After six years at the University of Oxford, he returned to New Zealand in 2002 under a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship, to set up his laboratory at the University of Auckland. His main research area is human cellular immunology, especially the development of therapies for cancer that utilise the immune system, such as vaccines against melanoma.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR Professor Peter ShepherdBSc(Hons), PhD, FRSNZ email@example.com
Professor Peter Shepherd graduated from Massey University and following postdoctoral positions at Harvard and Cambridge he became a staff member at University College London where he was promoted to Professor in 2003. There he became involved in biotechnology and was named London Young Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the year in 2002. Since moving back to Auckland in 2004 he has continued to focus on research of the signal transduction pathways in the cell and how defects in these lead to the development of cancer and diabetes. He founded biotechnology company Symansis to develop novel tools for drug discovery, and was co-founder of drug development company Pathway Therapeutics.