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Jacquie Bay

BSc, MEd(Hons), DipTch

Director, Liggins Education Network for Science
An experienced Science/Biology teacher and HOD Science, Jacquie is currently Director of the Liggins Education Network for Science (LENS).  LENS is a unique programme which provides school teachers and students with access to scientific research communities. Her science education interests include the use of ICT's in science classrooms, student led investigations, the role of contextual teaching in assisting students to understand the nature of science and key science concepts and the role of relationships between science educators and scientists in science education. Jacquie has been actively involved in biology education at a national level for many years with experience as a marker for NZQA and member of a number of national panels associated with the development of initiatives in secondary school biology education. She is currently Chair of the Biology Educators' Association of New Zealand.

Professor Peter Gluckman

Director, The Liggins Institute
Founding Director of the Liggins Institute Professor Peter Gluckman is one of New Zealand’s best known scientists. His research focuses on what gives us a healthy start to life: understanding how a baby’s environment between conception and birth determines its childhood development and life-long health - and the impact that this knowledge has for individuals and whole populations.
His research has won him numerous awards and international recognition including Fellowship of the Commonwealth’s most prestigious scientific organisation, The Royal Society (London). He is the only New Zealander elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain.
In 2007 he was made a Distinguished Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to medicine having previously been made a Companion of the Order in 1997, and in 2001 received New Zealand’s top science award, the Rutherford Medal.

Professor Peter Lobie

Associate Director
Peter Lobie has worked at two of the world’s most prestigious research centres: the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore. He is an international authority on molecular mechanisms of hormone action. Recent emphasis in his laboratory has focused on the role of endogenously produced growth hormone in the mammary epithelial cell which leads to breast cancer. He heads the Liggins Institute’s Molecular Endocrinology and Cancer Research group and in 2007 was appointed New Zealand’s first Professor of Breast Cancer Research. The purpose of the prestigious professorial Chair, funded by The Breast Cancer Research Trust, is to build a team of researchers concentrating on research into breast cancer that may lead to treatments and prevention of the disease.

Dr Jo Perry

BSc (Hons), PhD
Research Fellow
Jo Perry is a molecular biologist investigating the biology of breast cancer. Jo completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Auckland and her Doctoral studies at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. Following a Postdoctoral position at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, she returned to Auckland and is currently working on the role of autocrine (localised) human growth production in the mammary gland and its role in the development and progression of breast cancer.

Dr Deborah M Sloboda

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Research Fellow
Deborah Sloboda is a fetal physiologist who did her PhD at the University of Toronto focusing on the fetal hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis and the effects of stress hormones during pregnancy on fetal pancreatic development. In 2001 she received a fellowship from the Women's and Infants' Research Foundation, where she became the Forrest Fetal Fellow at The University of Western Australia. Here, Dr Sloboda continued her investigations on fetal endocrine development and established a new research platform involving a prospective cohort study investigating the prenatal origins of reproductive disorders and the onset of puberty in adolescent girls. In 2006 Dr Sloboda joined the Liggins Institute where her interest in fetal physiology continues, investigating fetal pancreatic development. She maintains ties with Australia through her prospective study in adolescent girls and now at the Liggins includes investigations on the effects of maternal nutrition on reproductive development of the offspring.