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 Seminar - Imaging big animals and tiny machines - Mazdak Radjainia (Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Biological Science, Coastal and Marine Science, Marine Science, Plant and Food Science, Wine Science) Event as iCalendar
    01 September 2014, 1 - 2pm
    We live in exceptional times and an exceptional place for imaging the extreme ends of nature. There can't be many places in the world where one can take pictures of the ocean's largest beasts and sophisticated protein machineries in the same week.
  • SBS Seminar - Mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells – a new player in anti-bacterial immunity - Dr James Ussher (Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Biological Science, Plant and Food Science, Wine Science) Event as iCalendar
    18 September 2014, 12 - 1pm
    Mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are a recently recognized, abundant, innate-like T cell population in humans. They are restricted by MR1, a non-polymorphic, highly evolutionarily conserved MHC class I-like molecule. It has recently been shown that MR1 presents a metabolic precursor of riboflavin synthesis and consistent with this MAIT cells are activated by a wide range of bacteria. In vivo models suggest that MAIT cells play a non-redundant role in antibacterial immunity. In this seminar I will discuss our recent findings on the mechanisms of MAIT cell activation, how MR1-mediated MAIT cell activation is regulated, and a potential role for MAIT cells in HIV infection.