Organisation: University of Auckland - Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Andrew is head of the Medical Genetics Research Group, which is primarily interested in understanding the molecular changes that occur during the development of genetic disorders, including cancer.
The aim of Andrew's research is to provide a better understanding of important changes during the development of disease. This will eventually help to improve the early detection of disease, and to target more effective treatment.
There's a lot of unnecessary suffering out there that we can do something about...
Most of his research has focused on premature menopause and ovarian cancer.
Andrew completed his PhD in 1992 at the University of Otago. His research for this focused on the development of viral vectors for use in gene therapy.
In 1992 he received the prestigious Nuffield Medical Fellowship to study at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford for three years, where he worked on the genetics of ovarian cancer. During this time he also taught at Christ Church College, Oxford.
In 1995 he returned to New Zealand to take up his current position at the University of Auckland.
He is currently deputy head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and president of the New Zealand branch of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.
Andrew has represented New Zealand in the World Mountain Running Championships, was a member of the Otago University 1st squash team, and played for the 1st rugby team of Christ Church College in Oxford.
His interests include keeping fit, camping, fishing, gardening, wine-making, Asian food and participating in the 2005 Coast to Coast multisport race.