Professor Juliet Gerrard from Canterbury University has been appointed as the new chairwoman of the Marsden Fund Council replacing existing chair Professor Peter Hunter whose term expires at the end of February.
Professor Gerrard has a PhD in biological chemistry from Oxford University. She was appointed a research scientist at Crop and Food Research in 1993, in 1998 she began lecturing biochemistry at the University of Canterbury where she is co-director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre.
The Marsden Fund is a contestable fund worth $53 million and is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the council. It was established by the Government in 1994 to fund fundamental research. The council comprises 11 scientists across a range of disciplines and all appointed by the government.