Professor Christine C. Winterbourn

Christine Winterbourn

Professor Christine C. Winterbourn


Professor of Pathology, University of Otago

Research interests

Professor Christine Winterbourn’s field of research is the biological chemistry of free radicals and other reactive oxidants and their involvement in health and disease. Her focus is on understanding mechanisms of reactive oxidant production, the biochemistry of biological damage and the consequences for disease pathology. Her interests include:

• The biochemistry of superoxide and the role of superoxide dismutase in antioxidant defence

• The production of reactive oxidants by neutrophils and the enzymology of myeloperoxidase

• Molecular and cellular targets for hypochlorous acid and chloramines and their role in inflammation

• Thiol proteins, redox regulation and the role of peroxiredoxins development and application of specific biomarkers of oxidative stress

• Free radical reactions of haemoglobin and oxidative stress in the red blood cell

• Oxidative stress and inflammation in chronic lung injury in premature infants


Professor Christine Winterbourn FRSNZ ONZM is an Auckland University chemistry graduate who received her PhD in biochemistry from Massey University and did postdoctoral work at the University of British Columbia, Canada before returning to the Pathology Department, University of Otago, Christchurch, where she now has a personal chair. She is Director of the Free Radical Research Group and is supported financially by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Marsden Fund and the National Research Centre for Growth and Development. Christine has published more than 250 scientific papers. She has received the NZ Association of Scientists’ Marsden Medal, Massey University 75th Anniversary Medal, Society for Free Radical Research (Australasia) Distinguished Service Award, University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal and Society for Free Radical Research (International) Trevor Slater Award. She is a past member of the Health Research Council and Marsden Fund Council, is an editor of the Biochemical Journal and is on the editorial board of Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

Christine was awarded the Rutherford Medal, NZ’s highest science and technology honour, by the Royal Society of NZ in 2011.


Contact details

Department of Pathology

University of Otago, Christchurch

P.O. Box 4345

Christchurch, New Zealand

Email christine.winterbourn <at>; Phone +64 3 3640564