Our people

More than 100 researchers and support staff work at the Malaghan Institute, advancing our research across cancer, asthma and allergy, gut health and infectious diseases.

In addition to Senior Research Staff and Postdoctoral Fellows, we have a commitment to educating, fostering and developing scientists to ensure the continuing success and excellence of scientific research in New Zealand.

The Malaghan Institute Trust Board and Friends Committees throughout the country support our mission and promote awareness of our research activities.  

Our Māori advisory group, Te Urungi Māori is an integral yet independent group within the Institute, providing advice to the leadership team, with an overall view being equitable health outcomes for Māori as a result of Malaghan Institute activities.

Senior Research Staff

Professor Graham Le Gros

Director (Chief Executive)

Professor Ian Hermans

Deputy Director of Research, Cancer Immunotherapy Programme Leader

Professor Franca Ronchese

Immune Cell Biology Programme Leader

Professor Mike Berridge

Cancer Cell Biology Group Leader

Dr Robert Weinkove

Clinical Director, Wade Thompson Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Frances Priddy

Clinical Evaluation Director, Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (VAANZ)

Dr Olivier Gasser

Translational Immunology Group Leader

Professor Anne La Flamme

Multiple Sclerosis Research Associate

Dr Lisa Connor

Vaccine Research Associate

Dr Melanie McConnell

Cell Survival Research Associate

Dr Rachel Perret

Team Leader, Freemasons CAR T-cell Research Programme

Postdoctoral Fellows

Business Support

Trust Board

Mr Graham Malaghan

ONZM, Hon. DSc (VUW), FCILT, (Chairman)

Associate Professor John Carter

MNZM, BMedSci, MbChB, FRACP, FRCPA(ret) (Deputy Chairman)

Dr Michelle Sullivan

BSc (Hons) Otago, PhD (Massey)

Dr Maia Brewerton

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu

Professor Graham Le Gros

CNZM, FRSNZ, FRCPA (Hon), BSc(Massey), Dip Immunol(Otago), MPHIL (Auckland), PhD(Auckland)

Mr John Beattie


Mr Tim Bennett


Sir Paul Collins


Professor Parry Guilford

MSC (Otago), PhD (CU), FRSNZ

Dr Dianne C McCarthy

CNZM, CRSNZ, BA MSC (Hons), PhD (Auck)

Professor Dave Harper

BA (Hons) (Otago), MA, PhD (Cant)

Ms Nicola Sladden

LLB (Well), MPH (BU)

Mr Tony Mossman

BBS, Dip Bus Stud, CA, CMInstD

Te Urungi Māori

Dr Clive Aspin

PhD (Otago), MA (Well), BA, DipELT, Dip Tchg
Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Tamaterā

Dr Amohia Boulton

PhD (Massey), MA (Applied), BA (Hons), BA
Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Ati Awa ki te Waka a Maui

Dr Maia Brewerton

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu

Dr Lis Ellison

PhD (Massey)
Te Ātiawa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa

Dr Ruakere Hond

PhD (Massey), MMS (Awanuiarangi)
Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Whānua ā-Apanui

Dr Willy-John Martin

PhD (Well), MSc, BSc
Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Porou

Leigh Potter

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu, Rongomaiwhaine