Current Postgraduates

Our current postgraduate students in the School of Biological Sciences


Amy Alder

Amy Alder

Supervisor: Bronwyn Kivell

Thesis title: Investigating the cell signalling and side effect profile of novel new opioid agonists


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Pegah Amiri

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: Translating the bioactivity of an ethanol adduct of Vescalagin in from yeast to human cells


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Victor Anton

Supervisor: Heiko Wittmer

Thesis title: Analysing the factors seedling survival in the forest


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Imogen Ashley

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Study of inositol in Aiptasia


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Diana Atigari

Supervisor: Bronwyn Kivell

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


Bachtiar

Ramadian Bachtiar

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Functional redundancy in Indo-Pacific sponge assemblages


Becker

Frowin Becker

Supervisor: Heiko Wittmer

Thesis title: Using automated recorders to monitor wetland birds in Botswana's Okavango Delta


Beepat

Sandeep Beepat

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Climate change impact, on tropical lagoon sponge


Beese

Chelsey Beese

Supervisor: Alice Rogers

Thesis title: Coral Reef Predators and their relation with structural complexity


Beyers

Carl Beyers

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Evaluating immune cell phenotype and function in healing and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis patients treated with clozapine and risperidone


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Matthew Biddick

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Morphological and mutualistic changes in island flora


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Katie Bigham

Supervisor: Ashley Rowden

Thesis title: Resilience of deep-sea benthic communities to turbidity flows following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake


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Manuel Blank

Supervisor: Jeremy Owen

Thesis title: Metagenome Mining for Novel RiPP Antibiotics from Unculturable Marine Micro-organisms


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Imke Böök

Supervisor: Nicole Phillips

Thesis title: Effect of cliona sp. (a bioerosive sponge) on Ostrea chilensis


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Kendra Boyes

Supervisor: Bronwyn Kivell

Thesis title: Myelin repair pathways in Multiple Sclerosis.


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Phoebe Caie

Supervisor: Jeff Shima

Thesis title: Context dependent selective mortality of a tropical wrasse


carson

Georgia Carson

Supervisor: Melanie McConnell

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


chan-hyams

Jasmine Chan-Hyams

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: The use of Nitroreductases for biomedical purposes


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Taylor Cooney

Supervisor: Gavin Painter

Thesis title: Formulation of self-adjuvating peptide vaccines


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Rachel Crouthers

Supervisor: Pete Ritchie

Thesis title: Population dynamics and human dimensions conservation of Cambodia elephants


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Thomas Dawes

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Understanding the diversity and community ecology of New Zealand's epiphyte flora


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Rebecca Dawson

Supervisor: Melanie McConnell

Thesis title: Mitochondrial transfer in glioma


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Cintya Del Rio Hernandez

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: Genetic interaction networks for atorvastatin studied in yeast and humans


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Lisa Denny

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Investigating the mode of action of novel kappa opioid receptor agaonists in the treatment of multiple sclerosis


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Sergio Diaz

Supervisor: Joe Zuccarello

Thesis title: Sympatric speciation in Cladophorales from Lake Baikal


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Jana Dobelmann

Supervisor: Phil Lester

Thesis title: The effect of invasive Argentine ants on the virus community in pollinating insects


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Daniel Donoghue

Supervisor: Rachael Shaw

Thesis title: How does innovation and information spread through kaka and kea populations?


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Alison Duncan

Supervisor: Nicole Phillips

Thesis title: Intergenerational effects of multiple environmental stressors on offspring of the estuarine whelk Cominella glandiformis


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Hamish Dunham

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Multiplex Apta sensor for the quantitative detection of free amino acids


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Elsie Dunkley

Supervisor: Wayne Patrick

Thesis title: Enzyme evolution in the context of cellular Metabolism


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Michael Fairhurst

Supervisor: Monica Gerth

Thesis title: Drugs and drug targets of Phytophthora agathidicida


farnham

Elizabeth Farnham

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: The potential impacts of climate change on calcifying sponges in a temperate region


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Johannes Fischer

Supervisor: Heiko Wittmer

Thesis title: Integrated conservation of the Whenua Hou Diving Petrel


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Mitch Ganley

Supervisor: Gavin Painter

Thesis title: Liposomal co delivery of neo-antigen vaccines and NKT cell agonist


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Andrea Glockner

Supervisor: Nicole Phillips

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


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Savannah Goode

Supervisor: Ashley Rowden

Thesis title: Resilience of benthic seamount communities to fishing disturbance


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Lucy Gorman

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: The adaptability of corals to climate change


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Gabrielle Greig

Supervisor: Joanna MacKichan

Thesis title: Neisseria meningitidis: metabolism and virulence


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Marcin Grochowski

Supervisor: Monica Gerth

Thesis title: Investigation of proteins involved in chemotaxis of Pseudomas syringe


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Kelsi Hall

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: Directed evolution of nitroreductases


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Natalie Hammond

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: Identification and characterisation of protein-protein interactions mediating cholesterol transport in Niemann-Pick type C disease.


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Benjamin Harris

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Carbon cycling of shallow and deep water temperate marine sponge assemblages


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Sarah Herbert

Supervisor: Nicola Nelson

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


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Peng Hou

Supervisor: Jeremy Owen

Thesis title: Discovery of new biologically active peptide natural products from uncultivated marine sponge symbionts


huang

Lucy Huang

Supervisor: Monica Gerth

Thesis title: Microbial chemotaxis in the phyllosphere


isaac

Kate Isaac

Supervisor: Peter Pfeffer

Thesis title: Establishing a novel in-vitro culture system for cattle embryos


joblinmills

Aidan Joblin-Mills

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: Identifying a novel suppressor of lipotoxicity from yeast to human


kandler

Nora Kandler

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Climate change impacts on sponges


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Tanja Karl

Supervisor: Kevin Gould

Thesis title: The role of betalains in plant salinity tolerance


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Gustav Kessel

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

Thesis title: Taxonomy and phylogeny of New Zealand soft corals: A revision of the genus Alcyonium using morphological and molecular data


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Erik Krieger

Supervisor: Christopher Cornwall

Thesis title: Physiology of coralline algae under climate change


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Hannah Lee-Harwood

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: Investigating the potential of niclosamide for treatment of gram negative bacterial infections


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Ox Lennon

Supervisor: Nicola Nelson

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


Lewe

Natascha Lewe

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Resource partitioning and community structure in the Rhizosphere


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Ganges Lim

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Signal honesty in bird-plant interactions


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Alvey Little

Supervisor: Joanna Mackichan

Thesis title: Type IV Secretion and Effector Proteins of Bartonella quintana


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Richard Little

Supervisor: Paul Teesdale-Spittle

Thesis title: The molecular mechanism of elf4A inhibition


lust

Bobby Lust

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Nutritional fluxes and the adaptability of corals to climate change


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Regan MacKinlay

Supervisor: Rachael Shaw

Thesis title: The ecological function and conservation applications of cognition in North Island Robins


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Amir Mashini

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Nutrient transporters in Anthozoan Symbiosis


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Christopher Matthews

Supervisor: Wayne Patrick

Thesis title: Creating Enzyme Based Bio-sensors to be Used in Winemaking


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Kimberley Maxwell

Supervisor: Matt Dunn

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


mcewan

Amber McEwan

Supervisor: Jeff Shima

Thesis title: Translocation Ecology of two species of threatened unionid


mcgregor

Vidette McGregor

Supervisor: Matt Dunn

Thesis title: Ecosystem model for Chatham Rise


mclellan

Michelle McLellan

Supervisor: Heiko Wittmer

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


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Daniel McNaughtan

Supervisor: Jeff Shima

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


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Valerio Micaroni

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Understanding anthropogenic impacts on temperate sub-tidal benthic communities


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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


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Valeria Mobilia

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Environmental impacts on benthic communities


mologni

Fabio Mologni

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Plant diversity on offshore islands in New Zealand


mortimer

Charlotte Mortimer

Supervisor: James Bell

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


munroe

Matthew Munro

Supervisor: Swee Tan

Thesis title: Cancer Stem Cells in Colorectal Cancer


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La'tarsha Murray

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Oocyte quality in dairy cows


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Zak Murray

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Development of novel aptamer-based biosensors for detection of small molecule, emerging organic contaminants in waterways


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Eliatan Niktab

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: Nonparametric Tests to Identify Gnomic Exacerbating Attributes in Mendelian Disorders


nowak

Vincent Nowak

Supervisor: Jeremy Owen

Thesis title: New methods for the discovery of natural products from understudied and uncultivated phyla


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William Odey

Supervisor: Shalen Kumar

Thesis title: Novel strategies for selection of bioreceptors


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Karen Oldfield

Supervisor: Irene Braithwaite

Thesis title: Clinical use of cannabinoids in New Zealand


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Melanie Olds

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Aneuploidy biomarkers in embryos


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Tom Oosting

Supervisor: Peter Ritchie

Thesis title: Testing for fishing-induced evolution in New Zealand Snapper


pankhurst

Theresa Pankhurst

Supervisor: Lisa Connor

Thesis title: Targeting non-conventional T-cells as adjuvants for inducing B-cell responses


Papa

Yvan Papa

Supervisor: Peter Ritchie

Thesis title: Population genomics of NZ tarakihi


patel

Hansa Patel

Supervisor: Elaine Dennison

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


pawaskar

Sonali Pawaskar

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

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


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Tessa Peck

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Role of heparanase inhibition in Multiple Sclerosis pathology


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Kef Prasit

Supervisor: Ian Hermans

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


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Calvin Quigley

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

Thesis title: Genetic connectivity of 3 Kaimoana species of the national scale


rajakumar

Tamayanthi Rajakumar

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

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


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Lorenzo Ravalo

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

Thesis title: Analysing introgression and hybridization of Mytilus galloprovincialis lineages through the use of molecular markers and shell morphology.


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Charlotte Reed

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Factors effecting oocyte quality in New Zealand Dairy Cows


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Alberto Rovellini

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Modeling transition to sponge-dominated reef


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Matthew Rowe

Supervisor: Melanie McConnell

Thesis title: Investigations of Intercellular Mitochondrial Transfer in Neural Cells by Applied Single Molecule Genotyping


schack

Carolann Schack

Supervisor: Ken Ryan

Thesis title: Bryzoan taxonomy and morphology along ecological gradients


sczelecki

Sarah Sczelecki

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Identifying Novel Biomarkers of Early Epithelial Ovarian Cancer


shaffer

Megan Shaffer

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Population genetics and reproductive ecology of NZ sponges


sheridan

Jeffrey Sheridan

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: High throughput microscopy for drug development


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Sven Sondhauss

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Characterisation of novel compounds for treatment of MS


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Luke Stevenson

Supervisor: David Ackerley

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


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Matthew Storey

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: Metagenomic based drug discovery from marine invertebrates


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Francesca Strano

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Impacts of climate change on the reproductive ecology of sponges


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Sergio Sudarsky

Supervisor: Nicole Phillips

Thesis title: Maternal effects in local whelk populations


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Aleluia Taise

Supervisor: Joe Zuccarello

Thesis title: Macroalgal responses to climate change stressors: Effects of ocean accidifaction


Tejada

Lee Ann Zandra Tejada

Supervisor: Wayne Patrick

Thesis title: Novel enzyme-based biosensors for yeast assimilable nitrogen


trauzzi

Giulia Trauzzi

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

Thesis title: Paua SNP development for monitoring recovery of paua populations affected by the Kaikoura earthquake


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Anna Tribe

Supervisor: Melanie McConnell

Thesis title: Novel activity of BCL6 in glioblastoma


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Noémie Valenza-Troubat

Supervisor: Peter Ritchie

Thesis title: Genomics of Trevally


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Tas Vamos

Supervisor: Rachael Shaw

Thesis title: The influence of spatial memory ability on foraging and caching behaviour in North Island robins


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Eric Van Dam

Supervisor: Heiko Wittmer

Thesis title: Predator-prey dynamics of a hyper-diverse system in Indonesian Borneo


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Matire Ward

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Investigating the effect of a physiologically relevant IVM system on the function of bovine cumulus cell-oocyte complexes


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Elizabeth Webb

Supervisor: Elaine Dennison

Thesis title: A mixed methods study to evaluate the determinants of oral health of the ni-van people of Vanuatu


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Julie Whitburn

Supervisor: Wayne Linklater

Thesis title: The role of connection to nature in children’s psychological wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviour: 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


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Christopher Woolley

Supervisor: Nicola Nelson

Thesis title: Public motivation and lizard conservation in urban landscapes


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Maggie Wuerz

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Volatilomics in Aiptasia-dinoflagellate symbiosis