Professor Merryn Tawhai - lung disease
Professor Merryn Tawhai graduated from the University of Auckland with a PhD in Engineering Science in 2001. At the Auckland Bioengineering Institute she has established a research programme in applied computational physiology of the lung that helps in our understanding of pulmonary disease. She was the inaugural Maurice Paykel Postdoctoral Fellow and has been a recipient of RSNZ Marsden Fund, National Institutes of Health, Health Research Council of New Zealand, and MBIE grants. Tawhai was awarded the MacDiarmid Medal at the 2016 New Zealand Research Honours for her work in creating anatomically detailed models of the respiratory system. She will shortly be giving the second tranche of public talks about her work throughout New Zealand, hosted by Royal Society Te Aparangi.