Health inequalities

Research aims to improve health outcomes for Pacific

Tisiola is currently studying a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago, in her hometown of Dunedin. 

Of Tongan descent, Tisiola has focused her honours project on the Southern Cross tuberculosis strain that circulates within Pacific communities in Aotearoa and throughout the region.   

“I hope to discover why Pasifika peoples are disproportionately affected by tuberculosis and implement prevention strategies within communities,” Tisiola says.