Distinguished Professor Jane Harding ONZM, MBChB, FRACP, DPhil, FRSNZ is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of The University of Auckland, and a researcher in the LiFEPATH research group of the University’s Liggins Institute. Her training included a medical degree at the University of Auckland, D Phil at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a postdoctoral Fogarty Fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco.
Prof Harding has undertaken teaching and research at The University of Auckland for much of her career. In her current role, she has overall responsibility for the University’s research activities. She is also a paediatrician, and practised as specialist neonatologist, caring for newborn babies at National Women’s Hospital. Her research concerns the role of nutrition and growth factors in regulation of growth before and after birth, and the longterm consequences of treatments given around the time of birth.
Current governance roles include Board membership for six national Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) and two National Science Challenges. Past roles include Board membership of the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the International Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.