Current postgraduate students

Meet the current postgraduate students at the School of Biological Sciences, and find out what their thesis topics are.



ATIGARI Diana

Diana Atigari

Supervisor: Bronwyn Kivell

Thesis title: Evaluation of the behavioural and cellular actions of novel kappa opioid receptor agonists





Phoebe Caie

Phoebe Caie

Supervisor: Jeff Shima

Thesis title: Context dependent selective mortality of a tropical wrasse


Georgia Carson

Georgia Carson

Supervisor: Melanie McConnell

Thesis title: Mitochrondrial DNA transfer to cells with mitrochondrial genome damage following bone marrow transplantation



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Jasmine Chan-Hyams

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: The use of Nitroreductases for biomedical purposes



Taylor Cooney

Taylor Cooney

Supervisor: Gavin Painter

Thesis title: Formulation of self-adjuvating peptide vaccines








Justyna Giejsztowt

Justyna Giejsztowt

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Interactive effects of climate change and plant species composition on alpine biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics


Andrea Glockner

Andrea Glockner

Supervisor: Nicole Phillips

Thesis title: Effects of multiple stressors on different life stages of kina


Gabby Greig

Gabby Greig

Supervisor: Joanna MacKichan

Thesis title: Neisseria meningitidis: metabolism and virulence


Kelsi Hall

Kelsi Hall

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: Directed evolution of nitroreductases




Sarah Herbert

Sarah Herbert

Supervisor: Nicola Nelson

Thesis title: Can habitat enhancement improve the resilience of resident NZ native lizard populations


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Aidan Joblin-Mills

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: A chemogenomic screen for lipotoxicity supression: Investigating positive regulators of lipid-induced pathologies from yeast to humans



Nora Kandler

Nora Kandler

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Climate change impacts on sponges


Tanja Karl

Tanja Karl

Supervisor: Kevin Gould

Thesis title: The role of betalains in plant salinity tolerance


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Laura Kelly

Supervisor: Ken Ryan

Thesis title: Toxic benthic cyanobacteria (phermidium autumnale) in NZ: Genetic structure, cyanotoxin production and ecological effects



Zoe Lennon

Ox Lennon

Supervisor: Nicola Nelson

Thesis title: Mitigation translocation for conservation of New Zealand's skinks


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Richard Little

Supervisor: Paul Teesdale-Spittle

Thesis title: The molecular mechanism of elf4A inhibition



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Kimberley Maxwell

Supervisor: Matthew Dunn

Thesis title: Advising fisheries managers using ecosystems-based fisheries model that integrate stakeholder perspectives: a BOP Kahawai Fishery case study


Vidette McGregor

Vidette McGregor

Supervisor: Matt Dunn

Thesis title: Ecosystem model for Chatham Rise


Steven McKinstry

Steven McKinstry

Supervisor: Richard Beasley

Thesis title: Nasal high-flow (NHF) therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Michelle McLellan

Michelle McLellan

Supervisor: Heiko Wittmer

Thesis title: Understanding the dynamics of 2 small populations of Grizzly bears in British Columbia


Daniel McNaughtan

Daniel McNaughtan

Supervisor: Jeff Shima

Thesis title: How selected larval processes shape temperate reef fish populations


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Keith Michael

Supervisor: Jeff Shima

Thesis title: Understanding production in oyster fishery


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Pauline Mitterwallner

Supervisor: Jeffrey Shima

Thesis title: Reproduction, patterns of movement, social dynamics and life history of the hermaphroditic wrasse th. hardwicke


Charli Mortimer

Charli Mortimer

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Trophic consequences of regime shifts towards sponge dominated reefs


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La'tarsha Murray

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Oocyte quality in dairy cows



Hansa Patel

Hansa Patel

Supervisor: Elaine Dennison

Thesis title: Sporting activity and bone health in New Zealand adolescents and young adults





Sonali Pawaskar

Sonali Pawaskar

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

Thesis title: Quantifying how man-made structures modify marine biodiversity



Kef Prasit

Kef Prasit

Supervisor: Ian Hermans

Thesis title: Polyugient synthetic vaccines: combining a-wallner with TLR agonists



Tamayanthi Rajakumar

Tamayanthi Rajakumar

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: Characterizing debiquitination as a modifier of Niemann-Pick C disease


Alberto Rovellini

Alberto Rovellini

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Modeling transition to sponge-dominated reef


Matthew Rowe

Matthew Rowe

Supervisor: Melanie McConnell

Thesis title: Inter-cellular mitochondrial transfer: A cell survival mechanism in response to disease and therapy





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Megan Shaffer

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Population genetics and reproductive ecology of NZ sponges




Luke Stevenson

Luke Stevenson

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: High-throughput screening for the recovery and characterisation of new bioactive compounds from Metagenomic libraries


Matt Storey

Matthew Storey

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: Metagenomic based drug discovery from marine invertebrates




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Elizabeth Webb

Supervisor: Elaine Dennison

Thesis title: The prevalence of dental caries and the flurosis status of rural Ni-Van children continously exposed to different flouride concentrations through venting volcanoes


Julie Whitburn

Julie Whitburn

Supervisor: Wayne Linklater

Thesis title: Connection to nature can foster psychological wellbeing and motivate pro-environmental behaviour in children: Assessing an environmental education intervention



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Paul Wolf

Supervisor: Nicole Phillips

Thesis title: Biology, development and ecology of in New Zealand common serpulids and related biogenic reefs