The National Party has put up a new candidate with expertise in viruses to contest the Wigram electorate currently held by Labour MP and Science Minister Megan Woods.
Hamish Campbell has a PhD in viruses and cancer from the University of Otago and is currently the Deputy Head of Research at a facility in Australia where he oversees medical research into multiple sclerosis.
The 40-year-old has been selected as National’s candidate to take on Dr Woods who has held the Wigram electorate since 2011. She has a PhD in New Zealand History from the same university and is currently Science and Innovation Minister.
Dr Campbell said science and technology is his “passion”, and as New Zealand grapples with a novel coronavirus that’s infected more than two million people across the globe, he said his expertise in viruses “is very topical at the moment”.
Good to see National attracting such great quality candidates. A PhD in viruses is very timely indeed.