Our science team

ESR employs around 400 expert minds including the largest team of forensic, social, radiation, environmental and infectious disease scientists and epidemiologists in New Zealand.

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Our expertise, experience and networks are trusted to solve complex problems, collect, collate and analyse huge amounts of data and manage a range of critical national science assets and facilities for New Zealand. Read about our people below or use the filter to find an expert in a particular science discipline.

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Naveena Karki

Naveena Karki is a Scientist at ESR in the Enteric Reference and Leptospira Reference Laboratories (ERL).

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Olga Pantos

Olga is a research scientist in ESR's Food, Water and Biowaste group.

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Our health labs

Our health laboratories

Find out more about what our Health Laboratories are responsible for and the independent scientific advice, support and services they can assist with.

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Phil Abraham

Senior Groundwater Technician Phil Abraham works in ESR’s Water, Food and Biowaste group.

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Ross Tompkins

Ross Tompkins

Ross Tompkins is a Senior Technician in ESR’s Radiation Science Group and the ESR-managed National Centre for Radiation Science (NCRS) that operates under a contract with the Ministry of Health's Office of Radiation Safety.

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Theo Sarris

Based in Christchurch, Dr Theo Sarris is a Senior Groundwater Modeller and Research Scientist with ESR’s Groundwater team. 

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