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.

The neglected science of discovery

Opinion: Taxonomy is crucial to future conservation, biosecurity and innovation, but is in danger of demise through neglect and underfunding argues Biological Sciences PhD candidate, Tom Saunders.

A freeze on editing DNA

Scientists and ethicists from seven countries, including New Zealand, are insisting on a global moratorium for editing DNA in human sperm, embryos and eggs. Dr Hilary Sheppard explains why.

Unravelling the mystery of hydrocarbon-producing algae

Associate Professor Jane Allison is part of an international team awarded US$1.2 million to investigate hydro-producing algae. Find out more about their research project.