Rod Dunbar, MBChB, PhD

Director, The Maurice Wilkins Centre
The University of Auckland

Professor Rod Dunbar holds both a medical degree (MBChB) and a PhD from the University of Otago in New Zealand.  He spent 6 years as a post-doctoral research fellow in human immunology at the University of Oxford, before returning to New Zealand in 2002 under a Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship.  His lab at the University of Auckland’s School of Biological Sciences focuses on human cellular immunology and therapeutic uses of primary human cells.  Since 2009 Professor Dunbar has also served as the Director of the Maurice Wilkins Centre, the National Centre of Research Excellence focused on the discovery of new human therapeutics and diagnostics.  He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2016.