Dr Lisa Connor joins Research For Life’s research advisory committee

This is a supplied media release.

Dr Lisa Connor, a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Biological Sciences and former senior research fellow at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, has joined Research For Life’s research advisory committee. The research advisory committee evaluates applications for funding in terms of their scientific merit, methodology, likely outcomes and outputs.

Dr Connor has a PhD in immunology from Otago University and a BMSC (Hons) in biomedical sciences from Victoria University of Wellington.

She succeeds former committee member Professor Graham Le Gros, chief executive and director of research at the Malaghan Institute. Prof Le Gros stepped down from the research advisory committee late last year after having been a member of the Committee since 1998.

The committee’s other members are Dr Rebecca Grainger (chairwoman), Dr David Ackerley, Dr Peter Bethwaite, Professor Anne La Flamme, Professor Brett Delahunt, Associate Professor Peter Larsen, Professor John H Miller and Dr Robert Weinkove.

Dr Grainger, chairwoman of the committee, said: “Lisa is a highly respected medical researcher and we welcome her appointment to the research advisory committee. Lisa brings fresh perspectives and great knowledge of science to the committee as an up and coming researcher. Lisa was awarded the prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Research Fellowship in 2018 to support her research into the immune system.”

“Graham Le Gros has served the research advisory committee for over 20 years and provided expert advice in the review of grant applications. The research advisory committee will miss his input and we wish him well.”