Dr Kathy Grace Mountjoy

BSc(Hons), PhD


Dr Kathy Mountjoy is the principal investigator of the Molecular Neuroendocrinology Laboratory in the Department of Physiology and is also a member of the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Brain Research, and an Associate Investigator in the Maurice Wilkins Centre.

Three years post doctoral training were spent at the Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA working with Professor Jeffrey Flier and a further three years at The Vollum Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, The Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon working with Dr Roger Cone.

After returning to Auckland in 1993 her research has concentrated on understanding physiological roles for endogenous melanocortin peptides and how they signal through melanocortin receptors with a particular focus on roles in energy homeostasis.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Endocrinology
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Physiology
  • Cell Signalling
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • Mouse Genetics

Teaching | Current

Course Co-ordinator for MedSci 732

Course Co-ordinator for MedSCi 312

Postgraduate supervision



BBiomed Hons


Areas of expertise

  • Molecular biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Cell culture
  • Cell signaling assays
  • Western blotting
  • In situ hybridisation
  • Digital Droplet PCR
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Mouse physiology
  • Mouse genetics

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • American Endocrine Society
  • Australian Endocrine Society
  • New Zealand Endocrine Society
  • New Zealand Physiological Society
  • Neuroscience Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Neuroendocrine Society

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 5, Room 501B
New Zealand

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