School of Biological Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

Explore biology at a school ranked top in New Zealand for its research quality.

Our world-class staff can introduce you to biomedical science, biotechnology, conservation biology, evolutionary genetics, marine biology, New Zealand’s endangered species, reproductive biology and more.

There are also opportunities for you to join more than 200 postgraduate students from around the world who are taking part in groundbreaking research and discovery.

Find out more about what we can offer and our state-of-the-art facilities.


Jul2Centre for Biodiscovery July Symposium 2015
Date: 2 July 2015
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: AM102
9:00am Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, Chair of Organic Chemistry and Director of Medicinal Chemistry,… Read more

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16 June 2015 New findings show the impact of ancestry on health
A ‘one size fits all’ approach to healthcare is being called into question by a researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, who says the immune systems of Māori and Pasifika people are very different from those with European ancestry. Read more
10 June 2015 Enhancing biosecurity against pest threats across the Pacific
Victoria University of Wellington scientists are working with Pacific partners in a University-led initiative to prevent, eradicate and manage invasive ant species from parts of the Pacific. Read more
5 June 2015 Victoria researcher wins funding for revolutionary research
A Victoria University of Wellington biology researcher has been awarded over $1 million dollars in funding for a revolutionary research project that will “rewrite the textbooks” and could change the way we treat cellular diseases such as brain cancer and Alzheimer’s. Read more

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Alistair Brown, PhD candidate

Alistair Brown’s interest in using bacteria to solve a problem drew him to biology. Now he’s doing research he hopes will lead to the identification of new antibiotics. Watch Alistair’s story.