Current Postgraduates

Our current postgraduate students in the School of Biological Sciences

Afnan Al Abadey

Afnan Al Abadey

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Investigating the effects of kappa opiod receptor agonists on microglia in an animal model of MS


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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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Sarah Andreassend

Supervisor: Monica Gerth

Thesis title: Investigating metabolite profiles involved in Kauri dieback


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Imogen Ashley

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Study of inositol in Aiptasia


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Ramadian Bachtiar

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Functional redundancy in Indo-Pacific sponge assemblages


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Colan Balkwill

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Population genetics of a foundational forest tree species: towards landscape level restoration of gene flow in Dacrycarpus dacrydioides (Kahikatea) in New Zealand


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Frowin Becker

Supervisor: Heiko Wittmer

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


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Chelsey Beese

Supervisor: Alice Rogers

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


Lusiane Belaus

Lusiane Lea Belaus

Supervisor: Elaine Dennison

Thesis title: The Impact of Support Programmes on Alcohol Affected Families Wellbeing


Rabia BIibi

Rabia Bibi

Supervisor: Brownyn Kivell

Thesis title: Role of Kappa opioids in multiple sclerosis


Georgina Bird

Georgina Bird

Supervisor: Peter Larsen

Thesis title: B Cells in Coronary Artery Disease


Tom Bird

Tom Bird

Supervisor: Davide Comoletti

Thesis title: Identification and characterisation of Novel SARS-COV-2 Receptors


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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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Ian Blixt

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

Thesis title: Modelling the impacts of rhodopsin driven energy flux in Antarctic Science microbial communities


Storn Blockley-Powell

Storm Blockley-Powell

Supervisor:  Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of action of Kanuka extract via chemical genetic analyses


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Imke Böök

Supervisor: Nicole Phillips

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


Hannah Boswell

Hannah Boswell

Supervisor: Lisa Connor

Thesis title: Interactions between innate-like lymphocites and dendritic cells


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Kendra Boyes

Supervisor: Bronwyn Kivell

Thesis title: Myelin repair pathways in Multiple Sclerosis


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Manon Broadribb

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Role of sponges in supporting higher trophic levels on Temperate Mesophotic reef Ecosytems (TMEs)


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Kaitlin Buick

Supervisor: Ian Hermans

Thesis title: Investigating the Immune Networks Involved in mRNA Vaccination


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Imogen Bunting

Supervisor: Christopher Cornwall

Thesis title: Not Available


Kaileen Button

Kaileen Button

Supervisor: Lisa Connor

Thesis title: Investigating humoral antibody responses following mucosal vaccinations


Tory Carrrington

Tory Carrington

Supervisor: Alice Rogers

Thesis title: Evaluating the top-down effect of sharks on New Zealand hoki


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Georgia Carson

Supervisor: Melanie McConnell

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


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Riccardo Ciarle

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Island biogeography in the Southwest Pacific


Jordan Compton

Jordan Compton

Supervisor: Wayne Patrick

Thesis title: How do microbes swap their allosteric enzymes?


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Oscar Crehan

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: The role of nitrogen transport in the cnirdarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis and bleaching


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Rianna Collins

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: The secretory physiology of the cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis


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Kahurangi Cronin

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Eusociality in a Platycerium bifurcatum: Eusocial Epiphytes


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Rachel Crouthers

Supervisor: Peter Ritchie

Thesis title: Understanding and addressing the challenges to elephant conservation in populous Southeast Asia: Can small fragmented populations of Asian elephants survive in anthropogenic landscapes?


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Martin Dalefield

Supervisor: Bronwyn Kivell

Thesis title: Kappa Opioid Receptor Agonists as Treatments for Repairing Myelin in Multiple Sclerosis



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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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James Den Uyl

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Exploring soil carbon sensitivity: The influences of elevation and herbivory in mountain environment


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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


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Elizabeth Farnham

Supervisor: James Bell

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


Imogen Foote

Imogen Foote

Supervisor: Peter Richie

Thesis title: Use of DNA markers for genetic assignment testing and population analysis in New Zealand seabirds


Devlin Forsythe

Devlin Forythe

Supervisor: Melanie McConnell

Thesis title: A genetically engineered immune competent transplantation model of glioblasoma


Jennifer Francis

Jennifer Francis

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: How do new antibiotic resistance genes evolve?


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Andrea Gamba

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Lipid signalling in the criderion - dinoflagellate symbiosis


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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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Natalie Graham

Supervisor: Nicola Day

Thesis title: The role of host genetics in shaping the tree root microbone


Madeline Griffiths

Madeline Griffiths

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Investigating the role of heparan sulfate mimetics on homeostatic versus inflammatory trafficking through the choroid plexus


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Hasanah Hamizan

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Exploring the immunomodulatory effects kappa opioid receptor on mast cells


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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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Lee Hatter

Supervisor: Not available

Thesis title: Not available


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Peng Hou

Supervisor: Jeremy Owen

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


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Callum Howett

Supervisor: Peter Pfeffer

Thesis title: Regulation Elf5 in mice


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Matthew Howse

Supervisor: Phil Lester

Thesis title: The feasibility of eradicating invasive wasps on an island ecosystem


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Lucy Huang

Supervisor: Monica Gerth

Thesis title: Microbial chemotaxis in the phyllosphere


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Amey Hughes

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Not available


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Kate Isaac

Supervisor: Peter Pfeffer

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


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Nora Kandler

Supervisor: James Bell

Thesis title: Climate change impacts on sponges


Josep Kihita

Joseph Kihika

Supervisor: Ken Ryan

Thesis title: Cryopreservation of Microalgae and cyanobacteria and effects on molecular lutegrity


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Mackenzie Kiernan

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: The role of regulatory T cells in cells CNS remyeination


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Louis Kirton

Supervisor: Richard Beasley

Thesis title: Closed loop oxygen control


Erik Krieger

Erik Krieger

Supervisor: Christopher Cornwall

Thesis title: Physiology of coralline algae under climate change


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Sarah Lamar

Supervisor: Diane Ormsby

Thesis title: Variation in sperm characteristics and their implication in male tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus)


Hannah Lee-Harwood

Hannah Lee-Harwood

Supervisor: David Ackerley

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


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Indira Leon

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Plant Ecology and Physiology


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Natascha Lewe

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Resource partitioning and community structure in the Rhizosphere


Rob Lewis

Robert Lewis

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Inter-partner signalling during the establishment of the cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis


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Ganges Lim

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Signal honesty in bird-plant interactions


Alex Lister

Alexandra Lister

Supervisor: Darren Day

Thesis title: Maternal immune activation and SERT expression as risk factors for neurodevelopmental disorders


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Linlin Liu

Supervisor: Nicola Nelson

Thesis title: What are the phenotyic and behavioural responses of tuatara to climate warming


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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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Liam McAuliffe

Supervisor: Nicola Nelson

Thesis title: Understanding the occurrence of New Zealand endemic birds in complex human-altered landscapes


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Ella McCallum

Supervisor: Rachel Shaw

Thesis title: The influence of inhibitory control behaviour in fitness and wild


Rose McGruddy

Rose McGruddy

Supervisor: Phil Lester

Thesis title: The use of RNAi as a control for Varroa mites on honeybees


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Edward McGuinniety

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: Engineering NRPS enzymes for biosynthesis of novel drug cindideles


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Daniel McNaughtan

Supervisor: Jeff Shima

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


Michael John Mendiola

Mikel Mendiola

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

Thesis title: Population genomics of green-lipped mussels in Bay of Plenty


Sarah Messenger

Sarah Messenger

Supervisor: David Ackerley

Thesis title: High throughput engineering of NRPS enzymes to generate novel bioactive compounds


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Valerio Micaroni

Supervisor: James Bell

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


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Fabio Mologni

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Plant diversity on offshore islands in New Zealand


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Theresa Moore

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Feeding habits and dietary preferences of Himalayan Tahr


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Henry Morse

Supervisor: Stephen Hartley

Thesis title: Ensuring landscape-scale ecological restoration outcomes over time


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Keri Multerer

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: Machine Learning Approaches for Polygenic Risk Score Analysis and Filling in Components of Interaction Networks


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Freya Newton

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Elevated CO2 and the soil microbiome


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Eliatan Niktab

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

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


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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


Roberto Parada

Roberto Parada

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

Thesis title: Population genetics of green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus) at Ninety Mile Beach


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Tessa Peck

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Role of heparanase inhibition in Multiple Sclerosis pathology


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Bria Pengelly

Supervisor: Bronwyn Kivell

Thesis title: Effects of microglia ib KOR mediated remyelination


Tessa Pilkington

Tessa Pilkington

Supervisor: Phil Lester

Thesis title: Varroa resistant honeybees


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Annabel Plumeridge

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: The functional role of sponges in mesophotic ecosystems


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Calvin Quigley

Supervisor: Jonathan Gardner

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


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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.


Evan Raymond

Evan Raymond

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Photophysiological phenotyping as a means of genotypic identification in Symbiodiniaceae


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Guillermo Rodriguez

Supervisor: Peter Richie

Thesis title: Genomics of flat oyster


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Sarah Sczelecki

Supervisor: Janet Pitman

Thesis title: Identifying Novel Biomarkers of Early Epithelial Ovarian Cancer


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Jeffrey Sheridan

Supervisor: Andrew Munkacsi

Thesis title: High throughput microscopy for drug development


Sam Siljee

Sam Siljee

Supervisor: Lifeng Peng

Thesis title: Protemic analysis of human aiway basal stem cells associated with p53 mutation


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Thomas Skurr

Supervisor: Not available

Thesis title: Not available


Zoe Smeele

Zoe Smeele

Supervisor: Phil Lester

Thesis title: The use of dsRNA for virus control in honey bees


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Sven Sondhauss

Supervisor: Anne La Flamme

Thesis title: Characterisation of novel compounds for treatment of MS


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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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Jacqui Stuart

Supervisor: Ken Ryan

Thesis title: Understanding the mechanisms of adaption and speciation in marine phytoplankton


Kelly Styles

Kelly Styles

Supervisor: Jeremy Owen

Thesis title: Optimizing (meta)genomic workflows for fungal BGC recovery


Monica Summers

Monica Summers

Supervisor: Monica Gerth

Thesis title: Investigating native microbial communities for antagonistic activity towards Phytophthora agathidicida


Aleluia Taise

Aleluia Taise

Supervisor: Christopher Cornwall

Thesis title: Macroalgal responses to climate change stressors: effects of ocean acidification and warming on Caulerpa species


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Lee Ann Zandra Tejada

Supervisor: Wayne Patrick

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


Briony Thone

Bryony Thorne

Supervisor: Darren Day

Thesis title: Understanding the relationship between the serotonergic system and mitochrondrial function neuropsychiatric disorders


Marina Tonetti Botana

Marina Tonetti Botana

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Lipid signalling in the cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis


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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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Tirth Vaishnav

Supervisor: Kevin Burns

Thesis title: Ecological impacts of human-wildlife interactions in Wellington, New Zealand


Tas Vamos

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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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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Maggie Wuerz

Supervisor: Simon Davy

Thesis title: Volatilomics in Aiptasia-dinoflagellate symbiosis


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Jarem Wylie

Supervisor: Ian Hermans

Thesis title: T-cells Armoured for Nitroreductase induced killing


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Su Min Yeoh

Supervisor: Julie Deslippe

Thesis title: Investigation of anti-Phytophthora activity of native plants for Kauri dieback management