Christine Jasoni is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Director of the Neuroscience degree programme at the University of Otago. Locally she is a member of the Centre for Neuroendocrinology, the Brain Health Research Centre, and Genetics Otago. Nationally, she is a member of Gravida: The National Centre for Growth and Development. She has research collaborators world-wide.
Her formal training is in Neuroscience and Bioinformatics, and she has worked in both academia and the Biotechnology industry. Her research focuses broadly on the development of the nervous system. Her laboratory undertakes research into: 1) understanding how abnormalities in development of the nervous system can elevate the risk of later life disease, including autism and obesity; 2) identifying ways to coax the adult nervous system into a developmental state in order to repair itself following damage.
Christine is committed both to science and science communication. Her long-term goals are to improve public engagement with science, new research findings, and innovation in order to improve the lives of all New Zealanders.
On council she acts in the capacity of representative of the Regional Constituent Organisations (or local branches) of the RSNZ. This role is ideal given her interests, because it allows her to bridge the gaps among national research activities, policy and the community.