A/Prof Merilyn Hibma
Merilyn Hibma is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, Dunedin School of Medicine. She worked for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in University of Cambridge (UK) with Lionel Crawford (FRS), before being awarded an HRC Repatriation Fellowship and returning to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago (NZ) in 1995. In 2014 she was appointed to the Department of Pathology. Her research explores viral regulation of cell function and immunity in the skin, with a particular emphasis on human papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer. In particular, the focus of her research is understanding viral regulation of antigen presentation and the skin microenvironment via extracellular vesicles, to inform the development of immunotherapeutic treatments for HPV.