Atanas Pipite is a doctoral researcher at the University of Massey, New Zealand. He undertook his postgraduate studies in Fiji after obtaining a French Baccalaureate in 2015 from the University of New Caledonia. After completing his master's degree from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, he joined the University of Massey and began conducting research for the isolation of a potential new bioactive natural product. He has recently published extensively in this area. His team studies the extreme environment in Oceania for the potential bioactive compound of actinomycetes. These bioactive secondary metabolites can become lead compounds that target genes or proteins that causes diseases in the drug discovery process.