2020 News

  • Dr Davide Comoletti

    A spike in vaccine development

    Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Dr Davide Comoletti is playing a pivotal role in New Zealand’s drive to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • An image of a researcher holding lab equipment

    Research opens the way to new drugs

    A surprise finding in the microscopic “assembly line” which constructs some types of anti-cancer and antibiotic molecules could have major benefits for our health.

  • PhD students Tamayanthi Rajakumar and Natalie Hammond.

    PhD students use research expertise to investigate COVID-19 treatments

    Two Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington PhD students, along with their supervisor Dr Andrew Munkacsi and fellow academics from Columbia University in New York City and Tottori University in Japan, have collaborated to identify which currently available drugs could be repurposed to help treat COVID-19.

  • A crack in the ground caused by the Darfield earthquake.

    Darfield quake 10 years ago revealed secrets

    Ten years ago a magnitude 7.1 earthquake ripped a 30-kilometre gash across the Canterbury Plains, revealing previously hidden faults and changing our understanding of earthquake science.

  • A scientist in a Malaghan lab coat works with a piece of glass laboratory equipment.

    University part of new COVID-19 vaccine alliance

    Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington researchers will play a key role in a new alliance that brings together several organisations in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine for New Zealand.

  • Ian Vorster in the NMR facility

    Recycling helium in our labs

    With the price of helium skyrocketing in recent years, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Chemical and Physical Sciences has taken an innovative approach to its nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) laboratory’s liquid helium needs.

  • Jesse Kearse stands in front of ferns.

    Space data gives Earth insights

    With the support of a Fulbright-EQC Scholarship, PhD student Jesse Kearse from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences plans to head to the United States to study satellite data with world-leading experts at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

  • A tree and plants in front of water

    Uncovering the social life of plants

    Individuals living in colonies, working together through the division of labour and cooperating to care for young is nothing new in the animal kingdom, but the discovery of this behaviour in a plant offers a major breakthrough in our understanding of how life has evolved on Earth.