School of Biological Sciences


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.

Meet our staff

Associate Professor Debbie Hay hopes that her current research into ways to halt tumour growth will lead to new treatments to fight cancer.

Find a research project

Looking for a PhD, MSc or BSc(Hons) research project? Browse through a list of available projects and supervisors in our 9 thematic research sections.

SBS in the media

Every week, the School of Biological Sciences' research is featured in various national and international media. Read through a selection of recent articles.

  • SBS scientists win research awards
    17 December 2014
    Dr Christopher Walker of the University of Auckland’s School of Biological Sciences has gained $205,261for research into a new class of pain treatments.
  • Six of the best
    05 December 2014
    A native bird, brain damage and protein “bombs” – these are just three of the SBS research topics that attracted Marsden Fund grants in November.
  • The School of Biological Sciences Postdoctoral Society
    01 December 2014
    A group of tenacious postdoctoral researchers from the School of Biological Sciences were thinking about leadership one day and came up with an idea to organise inspirational seminars around the theme of “Pathway to Independence."
  • Getting a fix on proteins
    20 November 2014
    Proteins are the molecular building blocks of life. There’s still a lot to learn about them – and tools developed by SBS post-doctoral researcher Tet Woo Lee promise a new approach.
  • Professor Juliet Gerrard: A protein-packed life
    18 November 2014
    If, one day, soldiers wear uniforms made of material that can repair their own rips or sense contact with a toxic substance, biochemist Juliet Gerrard will be one of the scientists to thank.
  • A predator-free New Zealand is possible: Marsden Medal winner
    14 November 2014
    A New Zealand where native wildlife live without fear of predators is the vision of one of the country’s foremost conservation scientists, who has been awarded the Marsden Medal for 2014 at a ceremony in Wellington.
  • PhD Opportunity in the School of Biological Sciences 2015
    17 December 2014
    We are looking for a well-qualified and highly motivated student to begin a PhD project early in 2015 to study intramolecular crosslinks inside proteins that provide super-stability in harsh environments. This PhD scholarship, funded by the Marsden Fund, is available with Dr. Christopher Squire in the School of Biological Sciences and provides the successful applicant with tuition fees and an annual tax free allowance of NZD$25,000 for three years.