Our people

More than 90 researchers and support staff work in our core programmes – cancer, asthma and allergy, nutrition and microbiome, multiple sclerosis and parasitic diseases.

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.  

Senior Research Staff

Professor Graham Le Gros

Director of Research, Allergic and Parasitic Diseases Programme Leader

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 Melanie McConnell

Cell Survival Research Associate

Professor Anne La Flamme

Multiple Sclerosis Research Associate

Dr Olivier Gasser

Translational Immunology Group Leader

Dr Robert Weinkove

Wade Thompson Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Philip George

Clinical Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellows

PhD Students

Science Support Staff

The Hugh Green Cytometry Core team

The Malaghan's Cell Technology Suite Team, led by Kylie Price, is responsible for the training and support of scientists using our advanced technology platforms such as flow cytometry and microscopy.

Development Team

We develop and nurture relationships with people and organisations outside the Institute. We are the people to contact for all fundraising and communications enquiries.

Finance Team

Our team, led by David Lin, works alongside the Director, Chief Operating Officer and Group Leaders to ensure that funds received by the Institute are administered appropriately.

Operations Team

Our goal is to provide an environment in which scientific breakthroughs will happen. Our infrastructure, technologies and people give our researchers all the tools they need in their vital work.

Trust Board

Mr Graham Malaghan

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

Mr John Beattie


Associate Professor John Carter


Mr Bryan Johnson


Dr David Mossman


Professor Graham Le Gros

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

Dr Dianne C McCarthy

CNZM, CRSNZ, PhD, MSc(Hons), BA, BSc