Position: University scientist and Senior Lecturer Field: Developmental Neuroscience Organisation: University of Otago

Dr Christine Jasoni is a senior lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago. She is also the principal investigator in the Laboratory of Developmental Neuroendocrinology and the director of the Neuroscience Programme.

Christine’s research focuses on brain development, and she is particularly interested in understanding how maternal health can impact on the development of the foetal brain.

Any day or time that I go in to the lab to look at the results of an experiment, I have the potential to be seeing something that has never been seen before.

When Christine was younger, she wanted to be a vet. She loved animals and her family kept many pets and animals while she was growing up. Somewhere during her time at secondary school, Christine’s plans changed, she deci

ded to become a computer scientist and began a degree in mathematics. It wasn’t until her 2nd year at university that Christine discovered biology and developed a passion for genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. Her fascination with the brain and neuroscience began with her PhD research into the formation of different cells in the retina.

Christine’s role at the University of Otago is split between lecturing in the Department of Anatomy and leading a neuroscience research lab. She really enjoys teaching because of the opportunity it gives her to show young people the wonders of science and the developing brain in particular. Christine is also passionate about research. She loves the elements of inquiry and discovery and the on-going possibility to see things that no-one else has seen before.

Christine has a number of interests outside of science. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, gardening, reading, cooking, playing and listening to music.

Useful links

Visit the Laboratory of Developmental Neuroendocrinology for more information about Christine’s research.
anatomy.otago.ac.nz/research/devel_neuroendo

This article is based on information current in 2011.

    Published 10 June 2011