Current students and alumni

We welcome around 20 postgraduate students to study with us in a wide range of chemistry and biochemistry research areas.

Ferrier PhD Students 2023

Current students

PhD candidates at the Ferrier Research Institute are listed below, along with their thesis title and supervisors.


Lani Campbell: Investigating transcriptional regulation to enhance natural product biosynthesis in Penicillium paxillin

Supervisors: Emily ParkerLuke Stevenson

Ben Clarke: Measuring Stachybotrys mycotoxins in New Zealand’s leaky buildings

Supervisors: Simon HinkleyJoanne Harvey

Patrick Cunningham: Transition state inhibitors for radical SAM enzymes as ways to treat viral disease

Supervisors: Lawrence Harris, Joshua Buckler

Florian de Pol: Unveiling the evolution of allostery in adenosine triphosphate phosphoribosyl transferases

Supervisors:  Emily Parker, Gerd Mittelstadt

Sarah Draper: Chemical programming to control self-assembly of peptides

Supervisors: Gavin Painter, Margaret Brimble

Mahdieh Ghofrani: Quantifying heparan sulfate in biological systems

Supervisors: Simon Hinkley, Susie Carnachan

Taylor Hibbard: Characterisation of tolypocladium album genes required for indole-terpenoid biosynthesis

Supervisors: Emily Parker, Andrew Munkacsi

Hsin-Chuan (David) Hsu: Development of proximity induced bioorthogonal conjugation reaction

Supervisors: Regan Anderson, Richard Furneaux, Todd Lowary

Lucy Hughes: Drug chaperones for rare diseases

Supervisors: Farah Lamiable-Oulaidi, Scott Cameron

Thomas Lang: Towards anti-tuberculosis drugs

Supervisors: Farah Lamiable-Oulaidi, Peter Tyler, Wanting Jiao

Rory Lehane: Synthesis of 4'-substituted and N-methyl iminomucleoside analogues for use as antiviral treatments

Supervisors:  Lawrence Harris, Andreas Luxenburger

Cara Luiten: Determining the polysaccharide composition of New Zealand lake snow

Supervisors: Simon HinkleyTracey Bell

Natasha Nipper:  Decoration of the indole ring in indole diterpene biosynthesis

Supervisors:  Emily Parker, Rosannah Cameron

Daniel Phipps: Synthesis of heparan sulfate mimetics

Supervisors: Simon Hinkley, Joanne Harvey

Arran Stewart: Synthesis of heparan sulfate mimetics and their bioisostere analogues

Supervisors: Olga ZubkovaBenji ComptonJohn Miller

Richard Thom:  Transition state analysis of acid ceramidase

Supervisors: Farah Lamiable-Oulaidi, Scott Cameron, Peter Tyler

Daniel Torres: Broad spectrum antivirals

Supervisors: Lawrence Harris, James Wood

Yehezkiel (Kiel) Victorio: Combinatorial metabolic engineering of Lovastatin producing epichloe festucae using a blue-light inducible bi-functional CRISPR system

Supervisors: Emily Parker, Yonthan Lukito


Students who have completed a Master’s or PhD degree at Ferrier are listed below with a link to their LinkedIn profile (where available).

Yu Bai

Rudy Bundela 

Taylor Cooney

Mitch Ganley

Parastoo Khajeaian 

Preeti Kundu

Roselis Landaeta

Emily Mason

Juby Mathew

Rose McLellan

Michael Meijlink

Charlotte Page

Yoan Preux

Hannah Robinson

Javier Ruiz Vargas

Liam Sargison

Sam Spijkers-Shaw

Daniel Sheppard

Rinu Shrestha

Elizabeth Ure

Kyle Van De Bittner