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.


Nov26Centre for Biodiscovery November Symposium 2014
Date: 26 November 2014
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: AM102
9:00am Prof David Harper, Dean of Science: Opening and Welcome Prof Jerry Pelletier, McGill… Read more

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20 November 2014 SBS students win big at the NZ Ecological Society Conference 2014
Congratulations to our postgraduate students who cleaned up at this year's NZ Ecological Society Conference in Palmerston North earlier this week. Read more
14 November 2014 Bringing back honey bees using beneficial bacteria
Professor Phil Lester, from Victoria's School of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a highly-sought after James Cook Research Fellowship to research ways of reducing the impact of parasites and pathogens that a central cause of declining bee populations in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Read more
11 November 2014 Tuataras' fleeting visit
Twenty three inquisitive young tuatara returned to Hauturu o Toi/Little Barrier Island this week after stopping over in Warkworth a few days. 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.