Senior Lecturer; Deputy Director National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences
Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 7809
AUT North shore campus
90 Akoranga Drive
National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences (mail code A-12)
Private Bag 92006
BSc, MApplSc, PhD
Rita undertook her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Sydney, Australia specialising in Biomedical Science. She then started as a research assistant at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, working on cardiovascular research.
Rita moved to New Zealand in 1991 and joined the University of Auckland as a Senior Research Technician working on various projects. In 2000, she began her PhD studies in the field of Parkinson's disease supervised by Dr Jian Guan, Professors Richard Faull and Dianne McCarthy. After completing her doctorate, Rita worked as a Research Fellow at the Liggins Institute and the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, UoA. She joined AUT University in late 2009 as a Senior Research Fellow and Cerebrovascular Research Programme Lead.
Rita coordinates and lectures in the postgraduate Stroke Management paper at AUT University, and is a guest lecturer on several papers. She is primary supervisor of 2 PhD students and 2 Masters students and secondary supervisor of 2 additional PhD students and 1 Masters student. Rita also supervises Summer Students and has been a mentor for new supervisors.
Areas of particular expertise: Conducting epidemiological studies in stroke and other neurological conditions. Neurodegenerative diseases including dementia and Parkinson's disease.
Membership of editorial boards
Rita is currently involved in a number of research projects, including:
See Rita's research profile at: nisan.aut.ac.nz/about-the-institute/staff/rita-krishnamurthi-bsc,-mapplsc,-phd