I am currently an early career researcher, undertaking my PhD in children’s environmental health. My background is in clinical medicine and public health, having completed my Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery through the Wellington School of Medicine, (New Zealand) in 2002.  I have 5 years clinical medical experience, working in hospital rotations as both a house officer and medical registrar between 2002 and 2007.  My interest has always been in public health and research, and in 2007 took up a position as a research fellow at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand.  The focus of my research was in respiratory and immunology research, as well as the contribution of prolonged sitting in front of a computer in deep vein thrombosis (otherwise known as e-thrombosis).  During 2011 and 2012 I studied towards a Masters of Public Health, which I completed in 2012 with a GPA of 6.6.  This provided me with a solid understanding of current and emerging population health issues in environmental health and surveillance, population nutrition and food security, food sustainability, and the impact of adversity in early life.  Following completion of my PhD, I would like to continue in the field of children’s environmental health, with a focus on building healthy homes and on the contribution of toxic environmental exposures on the global burden of disease.

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