Skip to Content
Contact details +64 (04) 801 5799 ext. 63462
Identification of diagnostic and therapeutic markers; Biomarkers
Health Protection, Promotion, Education - Health Communication
Obesity,Diabetes Mellitus, CVD, Hypertension, Chronic pain
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000):
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (110400):
Gene Expression (incl. Microarray and other genome-wide approaches) (060405): Genetics (060400): Genomics (060408):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics (110100): Metabolic Medicine (110107): Nutrition and Dietetics (111100):
My research specialty is in understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in onset and development of disease with an ultimate aim of identifying therapeutic and diagnostic targets for disease intervention. I have been involved in a number of intervention/clinical trials – WEST headache trial; SPIRIT study and RICE study, involving exercise, diet, education, and alternative treatment strategies for interventions. I am involved in both quantitative and qualitative research.
My current research is in diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, regulation of blood pressure, CVD, obesity and chronic pain.
Exepertise: Discovery of genes and respective gene products in diseased and non diseased states; mRNA differential display; analysis of mRNA and protein expression; isolation and purification of mRNA, DNA and proteins; development and optimisation of molecular and biochemical techniques; metabolic control analysis; purification and characterisation of nucleic acids, proteins and lipids and measurement of metabolites in blood, urine and tissue samples.
Paper Co-ordinator for 214.202 Pharmacology on all three campuses and Distance offering
Paper Co-ordinator for 214.781- Advanced topics in Health Sceinces
Teaching in 214.212 Research Methods in Health Sciences