Our People

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takitini    

“Success is not the work of one, but the work of many” 

Dr Samantha Holdsworth

Chief Executive & Research Director

Hons (Physics), MSc (Medical Physics), PhD

Dr. Samantha Holdsworth is a medical physicist and associate professor at the University of Auckland’s Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging, as well as a principal investigator at the Centre for Brain Research. With 23 years of experience in MRI acquisition, post-processing, and analysis, she has developed fast, high-resolution MRI methods and amplified MRI – a new method of visualizing brain motion.


During her 11 years at Stanford as a senior scientist, Dr. Holdsworth streamlined and translated a variety of MR imaging and imaging reconstruction methods to clinical practice, resulting in better detection of brain disorders and diseases. She then returned to her hometown of Gisborne to co-found Mātai, with the goal of making a difference in the lives of her community.


Dr. Holdsworth has brought together an exceptional team of national and international collaborators and is involved in several medical imaging research initiatives.