THE RED DOOR TEAM
We are a team of researchers from different institutions that work together to improve health in New Zealand. We are specialists in the disciplines of epidemiology, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, indigenous knowledge, hydroinformatics, urban infrastructure and political theory.
We work with researchers from all around the world, but our main offices are in NZ. The Red Door head office is housed in the new University of Auckland, Faculty of Science Building.
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We also have offices at Massey University, SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health. Our South Island office is at ESR’s Christchurch Science Centre.
Sam has a PhD in urban water management. He spent a year working as a consultant hydrologist and six years as a consultant for the private/government sector on the politics of transitions to more sustainable urban water. Sam joined the University of Auckland in 2009 as a lecturer in Environmental Science. This cross-sector background underpins an trans-disciplinary interest in the politics of more sustainable infrastructure. His research focusses on water sensitive practices, post-politics, water-infrastrure and, more recently, wastewater-based epidemiology and the ethics of privacy.
Massey University Lead
Associate Professor Chris Wilkins is the leader of the drug research team at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University. Chris Wilkins has research expertise in drug trends, drug markets, public health, and drug policy. Over the past twenty years he has completed a range of studies of drug use in New Zealand with particular focus on methamphetamine, cannabis, legal highs, ecstasy and the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals.
South Island Director
Dr Brent Gilpin is a Science Leader in the Environmental Science team based at ESR’s Christchurch Science Centre.
Brent is a molecular biologist whose primary research interests include the application of genetic analysis techniques to understanding foodborne and waterborne outbreaks and disease, microbial water quality, faecal source tracking, and zoonoses (diseases or infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans). He has been involved in outbreak investigations and product recalls related to a number of organisms including Listeria, E. coli O157, Salmonella and Campylobacter.
Brent also works with councils on understanding microbial contamination of water, the importance of different indicators and pathogens in water, and tools for tracking sources of contamination of water and assessment of health risks.