ESR is lucky to have some of New Zealand’s most incredible scientists and researchers working to help improve the safety of, and contribute to, the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of all New Zealanders. Here we celebrate our wāhine by sharing their unique stories about careers in science.


Women in science

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Catherine McGovern

“It’s a real honour to be part of the team that won the 2018 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for STRmix™,” says Catherine McGovern. “That software is incredible when you think about it. It’s helping transform the way the forensic community…

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Charlotte Gilkison

“Some might argue that epidemiology is not a science, but others consider it to be the science of public health,” explains Charlotte Gilkison epidemiology analyst at ESR.

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Chrissy Stansfield

Chrissy Stansfield, Senior Technician in the Forensic Business (Forensic Drug Chemistry Group) says being a forensic scientist, was her dream job since she was 10 years old.

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Georgia Bell

Georgia Bell (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Pū, me Ngāi Te Rangi) is ESR’s inaugural Kai Pūtaiao Māori – Māori Impact scientist in the recently established He Pūtaiao Māori Impact Group. Her unique role reflects the organisation’s intentional investment to enhance and…

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Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker’s life is full of variety, and she loves it that way.“I’m a navigator for ESR’s He Wai Māpuna programme and a senior scientist in the Forensic Research team, and I definitely don’t have a typical day! I could…

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Jacqui Ralston

Jacqui Ralston has been working for ESR’s Clinical Virology department for 12 years now, initially as a senior technician, then as a scientist.

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