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.

  • The School of Biological Sciences Postdoctoral Society
    28 November 2014
    A group of tenacious postdoctoral students from the School of Biological Sciences were thinking about leadership one day and came up with an idea to form the SBS Postdoctoral Society.
  • 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.
  • SBS scoops six Marsdens
    13 November 2014
    Six researchers from the School of Biological Sciences have scooped grants from the prestigious Marsden Fund.
  • SBS head joins NIWA board
    03 November 2014
    School of Biological Sciences head Professor Gillian Lewis has been appointed to the seven-member board of the Crown Research Institute NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.