About Us

The mission of the FMHS Postdoctoral Society is to promote the interests of Postdoctoral researchers in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, and create opportunities for their networking, collaboration, and professional development. Further to this, we aim to provide a voice for FMHS early- and mid-career researchers and facilitate their work in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and the wider University. We welcome collaborations with Fellows and Associations of other Universities to further our mutual goals.

Membership of the society is assumed for all  Research Fellows and Senior Research Fellows working within, or affiliated to, the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) at the University of Auckland; however, any member of staff wishing to opt out may do so at any time. Membership of the Committee is open to all members who attend Committee meetings and show an active interest in the running of the society.

If this sounds like you, you can get in touch with us at one of our regular Events, and find our contact info using the University Directory.

Co-President:
Sandy Lau

Sandy is a Research Fellow with the Placental Biology Group and the Cardio-Vascular Autonomic Research Cluster. Following her PhD, she worked in the industry as a Scientist at a medical and life sciences device company. Returning to academia, she studies the effects of placental extracellular vesicles on the maternal cardiovascular system during and after pregnancy. Aside from science, Sandy is also passionate about great food, perfectly extracted coffees and tasty cocktails.

 Co-President:
Benjamin Dickson

Ben is a Research Fellow in the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. He completed his PhD in the School of Chemistry, University of Auckland followed by a brief stint recycling paper before landing his current role in the medicinal chemistry team. Ben’s work focuses on the design, synthesis, and development of novel targeted cancer drugs as part of multi-disciplinary teams in the ACSRC. away from work, he tries hard to be a good dad to three daughters while scraping out time to watch hockey and ride bicycles up and down hills.

 Co-Secretary:
Pratik Thakkar

 Co-Treasurer:
Erika Freemantle

 Co-Treasurer:
Rashi Karunasinghe

SUMMIT Co-Chair:
William Schierding

SUMMIT Co-Chair:
Eryn Kwon