Professor Cristin Print



I graduated in Medicine from the University of Auckland in 1989 and began research while working as a house surgeon in Dunedin, New Zealand. A PhD in the University of Auckland led to a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia using genetic modification techniques to study development and cell death. I then spent six years in Cambridge University, United Kingdom, where I was a Fellow of St Edmunds College and developed a deep interest in genomics and bioinformatics. While there, I was co-founder of a bioinformatics biotechnology company that worked in the United Kingdom, Japan and China and became listed on the Tokyo stock exchange in 2007.

In late 2005 I returned to the University of Auckland. Since then I have enjoyed leading a cross-disciplinary research team of clinicians, biologists, data scientists and statisticians who use genomics, systems biology and bioinformatics to better understand human disease, especially cancer. I have published 120 peer-reviewed papers, which have been cited ~5,000 times.

I currently lead the Genomics Into Medicine Strategic Research Initiative in Auckland and Chair the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank Scientific Advisory Board. I am a Director of the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and is Vice President of the Auckland Museum Institute (the Auckland branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Te Apārangi), a Principle Investigator in the Maurice Wilkins Centre and a member of the Science Leadership Team of the 'Healthier Lives' National Science Challenge. Previously, I have been President of the NZ Society for Oncology and Director of the Bioinformatics Institute at the University of Auckland. 

Research | Current

Research group

  • Bioinformatics of Disease

Research interests

  • Clinical Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Systems Biology
  • Cancer

Teaching | Current

MBCHB 221: MBChB Part II: Principles of Medicine module (Coordinator)

PHARMACY 211: Applied Science for Pharmacy        

MEDSCI 203: Mechanisms of Disease

BIOINF 301: Introduction to Bioinformatics  

MEDSCI 101G: Environmental Threats to Human Health      

MEDSCI 731: Advanced Reproductive Biology

Postgraduate supervision

Currently primary supervisor for 4 PhD students and one MD student, in the fields of bioinformatics, cancer genomics and genomic cancer pathology 



1993                     New Zealand Society for Oncology Eli Lily prize in Oncology 

1994                     Auckland Medical Research Society Graduate Research Award

1995                     Australian and New Zealand Microcirculation Society Colin Courtice 

                             Young Investigators Award

1999                     Wellcome Trust Population Studies Fellowship, UK

2000-2005            Fellow of St Edmund’s College in Cambridge, UK

2007                     Visiting Professorial Fellowship, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive
                            Health, Adelaide University, Australia 

2013-2015            President of The New Zealand Society for Oncology

2015                     Rotary, Paul Harris Award (recognising generation of a program of      
                             translational oncology fellowships)


2011- present      Member of the editorial board ofFrontiers in Cancer Genetics

2011- present      Member of the editorial board ofFrontiers in Pharmacogenetics

2015- present      Chair of the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank Scientific Board

2015- present      Principle Investigator, Maurice Wilkins Centre 

2015- present      Member of the Science Leadership Team, 'Healthier Lives' National
                            Science Challenge

2017-present      Vice President of the Auckland Museum Institute Council and Auckland
                           Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand

2017- present      Member of Board of Directors of the Crown Research Institute ESR

2017- present      Lead of University of Auckland Genomics Into Medicine Program

Areas of expertise

Genomics, Bioinformatics and Cancer Research

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2015- present      New Zealand eScience Infrastructure Research Reference Group

2015- present      University of Auckland eResearch Advisory Board 

2017- present      Science Leadership Team, Genomics Aotearoa

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Alternative contact

phone 86052

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 2, Room 201G
New Zealand