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Professor John Fraser

Dean of Medicine
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
University of Auckland

John Fraser is Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Auckland and formally the Head of the School of Medical Sciences.  John is a graduate of Victoria University and gained a PhD in biochemistry from Auckland University in 1983. Following postdoctoral research immunology at Harvard University, he returned to New Zealand to a position as the inaugural Wellcome Trust (UK) Senior Fellow in Medical Science.

He received a personal chair in Molecular Medicine in 2000 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2005 for his work on superantigens. John has a long standing interest in immunity and infectious disease and particularly the mechanisms of virulence and pathogenicity of gram positive organisms. John has published over 150 peer reviewed publications and books and has supervised 35 postgraduate and doctoral students. He serves on a number of national and international scientific bodies, boards and committees and is also a foundation principal scientist of the Maurice Wilkins Centre of Research Excellence. John is a strong advocate for the role of science in society and the importance of research led teaching in medical education.