The Ferrier Research Institute is a team of carbohydrate, analytical, and bio-chemistry experts working to bring better drugs, materials and technology to the world.

Our work includes a broad range of applied research projects and commercial work for clients, as well as postgraduate teaching and supervision for Master’s and PhD students.

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Master of Drug Discovery and Development

Extend your knowledge of chemistry and learn how to identify and create new antibiotics, antivirals, vaccines, and other drugs to support human and animal health.

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    Ferrier Lecture 2021 - Rescheduled

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has raised public awareness of viruses to unprecedented levels, and the world has waited with bated breath for the development of effective treatment strategies.  Join us on Wednesday 14 April for the rescheduled 2021 Ferrier Public Lecture to hear from guest speaker Professor Antony Fairbanks from the University of Canterbury about the ongoing battles against the influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses, and the important role carbohydrate chemists have to play.

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    Trans-Tasman collaboration to develop a malaria vaccine

    Prof Gavin Painter and his team at the Ferrier Research Institute are part of a trans-Tasman collaboration aiming to develop a simple and effective malaria vaccine that could be manufactured efficiently and administered easily in at-risk countries.