Welcome to the School of Biological Sciences


We offer students, individuals wishing to upskill, and industry a wide range of world-renowned undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, facilities and services. Our school collaborates closely with several leading research centres, and in association with the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology operates the first dedicated bio-incubator in New Zealand.

3MT masters winner comes second

Enormous congratulations to University of Auckland Masters Winner Georgia Watson from Biological Sciences, who won second place at the Masters Inter-University 3MTⓇ Challenge on 23 August.

Million dollar business

A New Zealand start-up making apple, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir flour has received a $NZ1.2 million injection from the home of gastronomy, France. Photo by Lee Howell.

When food doesn't love you back

In this Raising the Bar public talk Dr Amber Milan shares her research looking at what we know about food intolerances, why they are so hard to pin down and how scientists can help find better ways to manage intolerances.

  • 2018 Hamilton Award | Developing snapper aquaculture through image 'fingerprinting' and genome research
    18 October 2018
    Associate Professor Maren Wellenreuther has been awarded the Hamilton Award, the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science, for her research to develop new aquaculture-ready species in New Zealand.
  • Meet the trailblazers | Joan Dingley
    21 September 2018
    Joan Dingley's science helped mould-proof tents and radio equipment in the Pacific during World War II. Read more about her and other trailblazing women scientists as part of the NZ Herald's special series to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
  • Women in science – a celebration of NZ pioneers
    19 September 2018
    Pioneering women scientists who helped pave the way for others are being honoured as part of Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations by having the University of Auckland’s science departments and schools named after them for one week.
  • Meet the trailblazers | Ingrid Visser
    18 September 2018
    Read about alumna Dr Ingrid Visser's career as a world-leading expert in Orca whales as part of the NZ Herald's special series to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.
  • Major funding for University of Auckland science research
    13 September 2018
    A non-invasive laser probe to detect prostate cancer and developing high-value products from seaweed are just two research projects at the University of Auckland awarded funding from this year’s Endeavour and Smart Ideas science fund allocation.