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  • Dr Mima Kurian, wearing safety glasses and a blue lab glove, holds up a piece of paua with a pair of tweezers. She stands next to a microscope. Behind her is a bench with lab equipment and windows.

    Paua shells inspire bone implant research

    Victoria University of Wellington research has brought to life the possibility of creating 3D printed bone-like materials using a biomineralisation process inspired by paua shells.

  • Group of 5 Students and supervisors involved in research project standing for group photo.

    Research collaboration turns native plants into bioactives

    A research collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington scientists and Ruatōria-based social enterprise Hikurangi Bioactives Limited Partnership (HBLP) is helping develop natural products based on kānuka and other native plants.

  • Five minutes with: an antibiotic hunter

    In the fourth of a series of interviews with young and mid-career researchers, Eloise Gibson talks to biochemist Emily Parker about how her passion for chemistry led to a job hunting for handy natural compounds.